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Old 03-23-2011, 04:27 PM   #1
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Ash Neck Through Explorer (pic heavy)

So, college wants a project out of me before the end of the academic year, and I've been needing a new guitar for quite a while now, and they have lots of lovely machines for me to make one on so we are all happy.

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Body and Neck: Ash
Fretboard: Bubinga (Love this stuff)
Hipshot Hardtail bridge
Bare Knuckle Nailbomb for the bridge and a diy sustainer in the neck
Sperzel locking tuners
Graphtec Tusq nut

I'm also doing a compound radius on the fretboard from 8" to 14"

So, Pics! I have none from when the wood was machined to when the fretboard was stuck on, but nevermind...

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300910909

I really like this fretboard...
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300910909
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300910909

It seems the college has 3 bandsaws, and none of them have sharp blades. Pretty nasty burn from cutting the back of the neck, but hey, its the back of the neck.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300910909

Well, I had no way of cutting the fret slots, and I wasn't paying stewmac 50 quid for a mitre box, so I came up with this thing. Its basically a homemade mitre box that slides up and down the fretboard. It did the job but really needs improvement. Once its on the fretboard you can't see a damn thing that your doing so I had to draw lines with a square from the fret positions and try to line it up from underneath. It turned out ok in the end though.

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300910909

Damn photo limit.
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:42 PM   #2
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Old 03-23-2011, 04:45 PM   #3
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Looks good so far.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:07 PM   #4
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Sorry about all the double/triple ect posting

Some pics of my crappy mitre box
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912507

When in doubt, cover up and fix all your mistakes with veneer!
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912507

Unrelated, but I made this grenade the other day too.
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912507

Anyway, Radius sanding is horrible. I'm going to make a router jig for this neck time.
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912872
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912872
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912872

Begone, Foul Dust!
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912872

Bandsawed the taper on the fingerboard, this was terrifying. Usual burn from the bandsaw but nm.
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912872
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300912872

It was about this point that I realised I hadn't even thought about inlays or dots. The idea atm is to turn some of the leftover ash from the body on the lathe and use that for the dots, sort of like the necks coming through the fretboard. This isn't going so great atm, all the little bits of ash break. ideas?
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:17 PM   #5
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maple dots would work well.
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:20 PM   #6
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Despite the fact your bandsaw blades there are a bit rubbish, very clean work so far!
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:07 PM   #7
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that is pretty damn good looking! I love working with Ash, it's such a nice wood
how well does it work as a neck though? ya don't hear of ash necks often....
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:11 PM   #8
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Despite the fact your bandsaw blades there are a bit rubbish, very clean work so far!


They do see a lot of use, theres about 30 people qualified to used it, including me. I'll try to get some pics of the machines tomorrow. The bandsaw is utterly ginormous.
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Old 03-23-2011, 09:55 PM   #9
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Shame about the saw burn, but some very neat work so far. Nice!
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Old 03-23-2011, 11:44 PM   #10
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Almost think you'd be better off using a butter knife... rather than that bandsaw.
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Old 03-24-2011, 12:47 AM   #11
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That workshop looks identical to the one at my old highschool, down to the bench vices and everything.
Also great job so far.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:25 PM   #12
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that is pretty damn good looking! I love working with Ash, it's such a nice wood
how well does it work as a neck though? ya don't hear of ash necks often....


Well, it seems to be going pretty well so far. Its a nice straight grained piece of wood, and I've heard of some people building bass necks from it so I figured it would be ok, I think the yanks make baseball bats from it too so it should be fairly strong. This is ordinary hard ash mind, not swamp ash. That probably wouldn't make a good neck.

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That workshop looks identical to the one at my old highschool, down to the bench vices and everything.
Also great job so far.


Maybe they moved your old high school brick by brick to the other side of the world
Seriously though, you high school workshop looked like this?
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300986382

Anyway, updates. I tried to find some maple today (thanks Jason) but there was none in a sensible size, so I moved onto a much smaller lathe and had another crack at the ash dots.
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300986917

The outcomes. I think you can tell which ones are the good ones and which ones flew off the lathe at 150mph.
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987022
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987022
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987022

Ah Picture limit. How I love you.
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:28 PM   #13
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Nice use of the ash there!
I turned some control knobs for mine with some scrap bits of wood but decided against using them in the end. Might dig them out and have another look actually...
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:42 PM   #14
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I thought at this point I should probably get on with the body, so back to the wood raper itself:
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987022

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987022

Body Shape
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987022
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987022

The pickup wires are going down here, saves me buying a super long drill bit
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987261
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987793
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987793

That bottle of glue is the last bit of titebond we have left. I made sure that I got it and didn't have to use PVA.
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987261
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:43 PM   #15
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I really do take far too many photos...

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Nice use of the ash there!
I turned some control knobs for mine with some scrap bits of wood but decided against using them in the end. Might dig them out and have another look actually...


I glad that you are reconsidering I can't get the camera to focus on the dots, but the grain of the ash is all pointing in the same direction as the grain in the fretboard. Maybe It'll work better when I sand them down.

Look whos got a second bubinga fretboard blank!
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987261

Chiselled out the nut slot today too. Happened to have a chisel of exactly the right size. I love the rare times that happens
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987261

Tuners are it this one too. All the hardware is black
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987261
Sorry about the blurry photo, this is the best I have of the nut.
http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/...pg?t=1300987261

No more updates now until monday, cause of the weekend and I get fridays off
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Old 03-24-2011, 02:03 PM   #16
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Looks great so far, but isn't ash in a neck a no-no, and how the hell are you going to negotiate that 1" step down from fretboard to headstock?
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Looks great so far, but isn't ash in a neck a no-no, and how the hell are you going to negotiate that 1" step down from fretboard to headstock?

Why is it a big no no?

I wasn't too bothered about that step, but I can build it up with some more layers of ash if its really going to harm things
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That step looks huge. Like a cliff
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I dont think it's strong enough, Warmoth doesn't offer it as a neck option so I'd personally be a bit concerned.
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