Shawn's 15 Year Employee Guitar, Start To Finish

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  1. Shawn@PRS

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    As most of you know, PRS employees are able to get guitars at certain milestones in their career. the first opportunity for a guitar is at 2 years of work, the next is at 7 years of employment, next comes 15 years, then again at 20, 25 and now 30 years of service. 2017 marked my 15th year at PRS, so I am starting to build my 15 Year Employee Guitar and I am super excited about it! The guitar will be a McCarty Singlecut 594 with figured maple top, figured mahogany body and neck, figured ebony fret board, 58/15LT pickups and a color that is yet to be determined.

    I have decided to document the build process because I'm excited about it and I hope my son will enjoy watching the process when I eventually give the guitar to him (many, many...many, years from now).

    So, if you've come this far, you might as well check out some of the videos and photos of the process. I will continue to add more content as the project unfolds. Thanks for indulging me! :)
     
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    I had gone back and forth several times finally choosing the wood that will be used in my guitar. Here is the first time all of the pieces have been together.

     
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    Here Steve, cuts the headstock veneer and then glues in the signature inlay.



     
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    Here is a pic of the veneer before going into the thickness sander

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    Next, Steve runs the veneer through the thickness sander to get it to the proper thickness (about as thick as a potato chip)



    After thickness sanding has been completed. I kept the cutout because I'm a geek.

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    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    Bangin'! Can't wait to see what color you go with! (Orange you glad I didn't say I already know?)
     
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    George cutting the Paua shell inlay material



    And the birds after they're cut. I'm keeping the owl since it isn't used on a 22 fret guitar

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    George gluing in the birds.

     
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  8. dmatthews

    dmatthews Dave's not here...

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    Wow... I'd be a geek about it too!:D:cool:
     
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    alantig Santana-free since '63!

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    Sweet!

    Shawn, you're absolutely killing it with this and the Paul Build threads. Loving the whole ride.

    I can't wait to watch when they glue in the Kiss logo... :rolleyes:
     
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    I'm keeping the shell cutouts too :)

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    veinbuster In the cards

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    Thanks for letting us eavesdrop.
    I love the colouring on your inlays.
     
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    LSchefman Hears Tones

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    I loved seeing this stuff! Right on!
     
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    I'd save all that stuff too....
     
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    Tosca Death by a million mini-toggles...

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    You know...sawdust makes a very comfortable pillow stuffing.
     
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    sergiodeblanc Rah rah ah ah ah!

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    Or food additive.
     
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    Shawn, you are the best! Thanks for indulging us is more like it!
     
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    (Dusty's pupils dilate)
     
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    Dude those paua inlays are so nice. I have abalone inlays on my 06 custom and paua on my 95. I wish my others had the same. I'm not super into the corian and whatever else.
     
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    I thought I smelled a whiff of sawdust while watching this.
     
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