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Peebee
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06/01/2021 6:34 pm  

@robin, you can also line the neck pocket template with tape just to shrink a little and give a snug fit.


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07/01/2021 1:10 pm  

Well got there, this is the most difficult jig of the lot!

@peebee

I haven’t made my jigs and such yet but I would think this one would be rather easy. If the blank has at least one straight factory edge, I would measure in from that at either end. Draw the line to establish the correct shape and make one cut close to the line. Then use another board with a clean edge on the line and clean up with the router. That’s how I plan to do mine anyway...

I’ll make a few as I’ll be building with a couple different scale lengths and nut widths. 

Anyone have a better idea?

Pratice on scrap...


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07/01/2021 1:21 pm  

That’s how I did mine, I made three in the end. It was just tricky at the outset getting the measurements spot on and aligning the straight edge to rout.


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07/01/2021 1:27 pm  

Hi Peebee

06/01/2021 6:34 pm   

 

@robin, you can also line the neck pocket template with tape just to shrink a little and give a snug fit.

That's a good idea, I hadn't thought of that.


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07/01/2021 4:32 pm  

A practice with neck taper template and the excellent @bagpress fret slotting jig.

Works a treat, accurate and simple to use.

Regards Paul Borrett

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07/01/2021 6:24 pm  

Should have added these two photos as well.

PB

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13/01/2021 1:00 pm  

A bit cold in the garage today, but a couple of prep bits done. Made the humbucker template and the body shape template.

Just waiting for a router bit for the truss rod and I can make a start on the build!

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13/01/2021 1:34 pm  

All looking very good!

Measure once........
Measure again.........
Sod it - make tea!


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16/01/2021 12:21 pm  

A couple more templates made, I think that's it now and the practice body marked out. I think I will make a proper start this coming week.

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16/01/2021 12:53 pm  

I think I will make a proper start this coming week.

@peebee Exciting times eh? I always take my time and do a lot of thinking before I do anything. Think twice (more really), do once! 

Ive started to speed up now I’m getting used to it but I’m trying to stay rooted and not get too cocky/complacent. 

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18/01/2021 1:43 pm  

Some actual progress today, albeit on the practice body. Routed out the pickups and the control cavity, it is still mighty cold for a prolonged session in the garage and I am still on IT home learning support for the lad.

For the controls I made an insert template with the pilot holes drilled in so that I could position the switches repeatedly. Also it allowed me to drill two of the holes straight with a

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hand held drill as the body blank was too large to fit in the pillar drill.

 


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18/01/2021 1:54 pm  

Looking stellar! Right on track. 


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18/01/2021 1:56 pm  

I really like the body shape. Classic modern timeless look.


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18/01/2021 2:26 pm  

@peebee

Your practice body looks great. I love that crazy streak going through the middle. As long as all goes well with it you’ll probably just end up making an actual guitar out of it, why not?

Cool idea with your control layout, as long as you’re happy with the location of the controls it’ll save you a bit of time with future builds.

Rock on!

Pratice on scrap...


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18/01/2021 5:55 pm  

I think the blank will have to remain as a practice piece as it is bowed and there are a couple, admittedly small, splits in it.

Still have to cut and carve it yet so plenty of time to mess it up! 

I think I will repeat what I have done here on the proper body blank tomorrow.


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