Discussion in 'Guitar Building' started by Clsatt, Apr 19, 2013.
Double post. D'oh!
Not too tough from what I recall; I kinda did it in parts in that I glued the ebony to one side of the neck, moved the two surfaces around (against each other) to make the glue thicken, then set up the other side, and clamped it all.
Noooooooo Sully - say it ain't so!
Carving the neck is my all-time favourite job on guitars. It's the payoff for everything else. Different strokes, I guess.
Stunning stuff as always.
Ah, thanks man, you're very kind.
I wish that neck shaping was something that I enjoyed, but it's true, it's not a favorite thing for me. Especially the heel transitions. Maybe it's my process, I dunno, but I'd personally rather have it CNCed. So far, the thing I like most is contouring things out to make them more comfortable while creating some visual movement as well. Odd that I like adding contours, but don't like shaping a neck, eh? Ahhhh, the mystery that is me. Or something like that.
To my tired eyes it looked like the sound holes were routed straight into the body after the top was laminated... it makes no sense, but that's what I thought I saw lol. Cheers, man, and keep the experimentation up! That's what makes this stuff fun!
oh no no. i hollowed out the sides and below the bridge and in between the pickups. i left a small piece to support the area between the main soundholes. I did this mainly because the redwood is so soft.
5 string bass
That is very smooth! Two truss rods?
One truss rod, 5+4 piece laminated neck.
That neck is going to look tits!
Is the truss rod going to clear that center hole?
Heh, yes. The truss rod terminates about 3/4" shy of the hole, and is 1/8" to shallow to interfere with the 1/2" deep threaded insert hole anyway.
Nice! I don't build many basses, but on my guitars that would've hit the truss rod for sure!
Sweet looking build and looking forward to a finished axe!
nice bass design, looks very similar to the one i just finished up, style is right up my alley =]
Here's the headstock:
This one has been on my bench for the last few months. It is my 3 build. A few mistakes but mostly cosmetic. It's just about ready for clear coat.
Inserts cleared it:
And here's why:
The neck slab (without fingerboard) is 1" thick. I used a Grizzly bass truss rod here, which is 22-7/8" long and 3/8" deep. The adjustment nut terminates just under the string nut, so the welded end terminates about 1" into the neck heel. The 1/4" diameter threaded insert is 1/2" deep. So...even if the rod went all the way through to the end of the heel, it'd still be about 1/4" too shallow to interfere with the threaded insert.
Ah, gotcha! My trussrods are the same depth, but I generally use 0.750" thick blanks for my guitar necks, hence the concern.
More with the Poplar juniory thing:
Marking out the lap contour:
Drill + robosander = quick contouring!
Back side of the cutaway gets contoured out:
That's it for today; thankfully the pickguard will cover where my neck pocket template slipped. Not too broken up about it as this one is for me, and the body just kinda came from scraps.
The latest to come off the bench. Nathan and I build a school project of his own design. FedEx signature Bo Diddley acoustic
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