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Old 03-28-2008, 04:05 PM   #41
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So is it just the cavity routing and truss rod channel you need to do routing for?

It should be do-able.

Make/get a cover and then Just get a piece of MDF or Plywood, make a template, route it out to the depth of the cover you already have, and then route out the centre deeper.

Arm and belly carves can be done with a spokeshave (its probably easier than trying to use that lathe) Pots can be drilled with a hand drill, since it won't need to be too deep and there is less distance for the bit to go wonky

If you can get a squared up neck blank, the truss rod channel could be done with a hand router and a side fence. Although is less likely to get F*** up if you use the lathe/milling machine/whatever your school has.
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:11 PM   #42
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Cavity cover, TOM recess, and truss rod canal is the only routing yeh.

The truss rod canal is just a matter of getting it straight I guess. I have to do that by hand with a guide, because I dont have access to a machine big enough.

and yeah I will do all the body carving and drilling at home, shouldnt be a problem

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Old 03-28-2008, 05:10 PM   #43
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Just how thick is that body? ! ! ! lol

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Old 03-28-2008, 05:19 PM   #44
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haha just over 1 3/4" or 46mm

my RG1527 is 43.5 ish so its not far off, but I think because non of the contouring is done it looks like a Les Paul atm
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:07 AM   #45
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Iím posting this on behalf of Absent MindÖÖidiot got himself banned



Hey guys small update, Iím banned so I canít update this personally but it is coming along

Majority of the body work is done, Iíve got to do the TOM recess and ferule holes, pup ring mounting holes, and the contours (belly carve, arm rest and AANJ) and thatís the body done.

The necks a bit slower but Iíll update when that has progressed.




Here is the custom head stock shape on MDF template (yes its copy righted haha) pretty sweet huh? Seems to suit the RG shape I drew on the plan and its original so why not.




Here you can see the control holes, strap lock holes, ruff line for arm rest and a recessed Jack

You can just see a ridge inside the jack hole, thatís where the jack will actually sit. I figured why not? Might keep the jack in place a bit tighter, and might make finding the hole easier (lulz) but then again it might be pointless haha who knowsÖ




Back of the body, ruff belly carve drawn on, neck screws drilled and ferrule holes recessed, as well as cavity and cover plate routed. The shelf for the cavity plate to sit on needs smoothing out just to make it nicer, so the plate sits up against it nice and flush (plate hasnít been made yet, will be mahogany) It will also be held on with magnets.

The cavity is a bit too deep/ big for my liking but what you can you, I guess itís spacious? No trouble putting batteries etc in there You can also see the straight big that the jack will fix to on the inside.

You can see towards the left end a hole, this is where I drilled through from the pickup cavity for the wire, and although the angle looked fine, when it came to drilling it the bit wasnít long enough and very nearly came through the back of the guitar in the wrong place, which would have sucked big time lolÖ




Neck tapered, ruff angle with band saw and truss rod routed, pre Ďearí attachment




ĎEarsí being attached to allow for the headstock shape, I couldnít get them to joint as good as the neck lams (where you cannot see a glue line literally at all) so Iím a bit worried how it will turn out, but its not a big issue, the clamps are tight, and its not a load bearing section. It was also a nightmare trying to clamp it up on my own. I donít know how 1 man luthier shops workÖ


So I guess thatís it for now, I may or may not glue the fret board over this weekend, then begins the task of shaping the head stock, fixing the nut in place, inlaying, fretting, carving the neck and volute, final sanding to get it to fit the neck pocket (its very nearly there, I could force it but I donít want to), drilling the screw holes into the heel, drilling all the bridge and mounting holes and sand for finishing, and thatís a whole other ball game
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Old 05-04-2008, 08:17 AM   #46
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Old 05-04-2008, 09:55 AM   #47
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did yo ucut that body with a CnC?
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Old 05-05-2008, 06:56 AM   #48
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Nah, band saw and then a hell of a lot of sanding I believe
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:24 AM   #49
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Dude!

It looks ****ing amazing man!


Very good job here sir.
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Old 05-05-2008, 10:29 AM   #50
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Old 05-06-2008, 07:37 AM   #51
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Old 05-06-2008, 09:51 AM   #52
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i see you're using a tune-o-matic bridge. are you going to have an angled neck? cuz i read on warmoth's site that ToM bridges need between 1.5 and 3 degrees angle
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i see you're using a tune-o-matic bridge. are you going to have an angled neck? cuz i read on warmoth's site that ToM bridges need between 1.5 and 3 degrees angle


Or you have to recess the bridge.

Anyway, this is looking badass!

This summer should be a good one for guitar building, especially seeing as loads of guitars will be finished by September.
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Old 05-07-2008, 06:44 PM   #54
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i see you're using a tune-o-matic bridge. are you going to have an angled neck? cuz i read on warmoth's site that ToM bridges need between 1.5 and 3 degrees angle



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Old 06-04-2008, 09:38 PM   #55
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:40 AM   #56
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Dunno when I can update this (I try and do it in substantial segements instead of just little things like sanding another mm off here or there lol) and I have exams this week and next, so kinda busy.

The Head stock shape has been cut into the neck (looks great) needs final shaping,

volute has been started, will finish off when I carve the neck,

fretboard was glued the other day, needs a lil attention where one part didnt adhere (mixture of not enough glue and pressure I think, as I was trying to make sure I didnt get any glue on the truss rod) I am considering binding the FB, but I'm a bit scared lol

no progress on the body untill the next is finished so I can make final measurements for the bridge, and corresponding ferrule holes

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as I was trying to make sure I didnt get any glue on the truss rod)


You should have just put a strip of masking tape over the truss rod channel, so you don't have to worry about getting glue on it.

Anyways, the build looks like it's coming along nicely, the headstock shape is sexy too. Looking forward to seeing more of the build.
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You should have just put a strip of masking tape over the truss rod channel, so you don't have to worry about getting glue on it.

Anyways, the build looks like it's coming along nicely, the headstock shape is sexy too. Looking forward to seeing more of the build.



thats what i do, i learned that from one of those 85 year old solo acoustic builders. works quite well, doesnt effect the gluing process either.
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Old 06-08-2008, 04:00 PM   #59
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um do you leave the masking tape in there? like actualy glue the fret board over the top?

Cos I put masking tape down, glued both sides, then pulled the masking tape up and clamped, thats how I read to do it. If you use the right amount of glue it will squeeze out just enough so it doesnt get the the TR canal, but I was still worried about it and obviously didnt use enough glue.

Leaving the tape in would solve that lol... doh
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Old 06-08-2008, 11:10 PM   #60
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the "patented headstock" bears a striking resemblance to my buddies guitars : guitierrez.

http://a832.ac-images.myspacecdn.co...10a72119d5f.jpg

its damn close, the only difference is the outer most part.
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