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Old 07-02-2010, 07:41 PM   #61
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Alright so I tried to fix the joint, but it didn't end up being perfect. It's alright though, because it's getting cut off anyways.

Since I'm totally broke, I tried my hand at some templates (my first time) and it turned out pretty bad. I'm definitely going to try again. Practice makes perfect.
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Old 07-03-2010, 12:51 AM   #63
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anyone who was doubting that little slashy spliced in piece of wood there, check out this picture, I think this is similar



Looks sweet!
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:36 PM   #64
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Alright so lately I've been a little frustrated/anxious about doing this. I don't have any of my stuff like my truss rod or my bridge so things are a little difficult. I also tend to overthink everything. I figured I'd better just do something, so I made my humbucker template and I drew on the control cavity.

Definitely not perfect, but that's what mounting rings are for.

Success!

Here I mapped out the control cavity and the hole that I need to drill for the recessed jack cavity. At this point I'm not sure whether I should route the cavity into the template or trace it onto some paper, and make a separate template. Suggestions?
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Old 07-06-2010, 09:49 PM   #65
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If you like it, and want to use it for other guitars, make a separate template. If it's only for this shape, route it in the template.
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:00 PM   #66
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Cheers, Bobby.
I'll route the full shape into the template, then when I actually route the cavity, I'll just draw freehand the areas where I'll route all the way down as opposed to the shelf on the edges that's only about 1/4" deep.

Should I do the truss route without the actual truss rod with me?
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Old 07-06-2010, 10:08 PM   #67
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Yes. Truss rods vary a little company to company, so you want the real thing when you route for it, test fit as you go, etc.
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Old 07-11-2010, 09:39 PM   #68
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Control cavity is routed. I ordered my stewmac stuff, so I will be back to work this week.
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Old 08-01-2010, 09:13 PM   #69
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HOLY SHIT! PROGRESS!

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Old 08-01-2010, 09:39 PM   #70
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Looking delicious man!
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Old 08-02-2010, 01:06 PM   #71
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I'm gonna love that slice after the neck is finished and buffed up <3
I'm thinking of making my own guitar (about the 7th time i've seriously considered it and made a budget/plan-thingie) and this just makes me want to do it even more!
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:18 PM   #72
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Looking fantastic! Since I haven't posted here before I have to say, That's a great choice of wood for the neck too!
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:34 PM   #73
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Wow... It looks like its coming along very nicely. Can't wait to see it when its done.
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Old 10-09-2010, 08:33 PM   #74
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I'm finally back at it. I bought a bandsaw hoping to rip my ebony fretboard, but it didn't have the power, and it's old. I waited all summer, then took it to school to get it ripped. Today me and my dad got it all planed and now it's 1/8" thick heavy, which is good to me. We slotted it and glued on the fretboard. I don't wanna say now that progress is going to be picking up, but now that I'm past the fretboard, I can get down to business.

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Old 10-10-2010, 06:38 AM   #75
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May I ask where you got that truss rod from?
How long is it from end to end of actual length (i.e. not including the nut)?

-> I need a truss rod for my 8-string I'm building. And my fretboard is 22,39" and scale length is 28,35" (well, rather 720mm ^^).

Otherwise: Looks promising, this build. =)
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:44 AM   #76
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^ Looks like an 18" Stew Mac Hot Rot.

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Today me and my dad got it all planed and now it's 1/8" thick
Are you going to radius that? 1/8" fretboard is pretty thin man.
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Yeah. It's the 18" stewmac hot rod. My fretboard is 21.25" long, so the 18" rod should work for you fine.

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Are you going to radius that? 1/8" fretboard is pretty thin man.

Well it's actually not perfectly flat. In most areas it's very close to 3/16" thick and in one little spot it's about 1/32" thinner. I'm hoping that sanding the 16" radius into it very carefully should even it all out.
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Old 10-10-2010, 10:18 AM   #78
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Yeah. It's the 18" stewmac hot rod. My fretboard is 21.25" long, so the 18" rod should work for you fine.

Hell yeah, they take PayPal now. I'm going to spend some money now. =)
Fret saw, radius block, truss rod, I'm coming! ^^
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Old 12-27-2013, 05:40 PM   #79
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Hey guys. So I've been out of the game for three years...
My life is very different now. I'm three years older, I'm in college, I lost my virginity.
Anyways, I'm on a break from school and work for a month or so, and I decided I wanted to finally finish this thing. I am going to try my best to get this done. I will be updating this thread regularly with my work.

So I have yet to find my old drawings and whatnot. The majority of this build is going to be the same, however I am going to make this guitar a 7 stringer. I haven't decided on a hardtail bridge or a tune-o-matic. Probably a hardtail. So on to the progress...


I drew on the body shape. Actually I just retraced it a bit darker. My dog ate the template a few years ago and all I have left is a piece of scrap, so I'll be redoing that soon... I also cut out a few bits so that the clamping of the wings will work a little better (more pressure on a smaller area = better join).





Radiused my fretboard to 16 inches up to 400 grit. This ebony dust is nasty stuff. Smells like my friend's feet.

So my thinking is that I need to pick a bridge and figure out if I need to recess that bridge or not. I am not having a neck angle on this one.

I need to glue on my wings, buy some tuners, recut the fret slots, route my body shape, cut the headstock in the near future. I don't even remember what I ended up making the scale length . I think it's 27.5".

I am really excited about this guitar!!!!!!!!
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Welcome back!

Actually, I just logged in on UG because I got this notification in my mailbox. Have had a few different things going on as well and no time for UG.

Good luck on finalizing your build!
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