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    Plans For A Through Neck Solid Body Electric Guitar

    There are not specific plans because neck-through guitars have to be pretty much custom designed instruments. With a neck through you are making a solid single piece guitar neck and body, so nothing can be adjusted later on. So if you want a different bridge, you have to nearly redraw the entire...
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    New Build experiment

    There are a few builders out there that do it. It's not common because finding a single slab with such good quality and straight grain for the neck is rare and expensive, especially in the more traditional hardwoods like maple or mahogany. But in oak, yeah, you can get away with it, and it will...
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    Creating headstocks with straight string pull

    You can math it all out, if you are meticulous. When making a headstock template, do the following: 1) establish a center line 2) establish the width of the neck at the nut, and the back edge of the nut. If the start of the headstock and the back of the nut are not the same location (i.e...
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    Build #1 Completed!

    Well technically I've built two guitars in parallel. One was "practice" and the other was the guitar I originally desired to have for myself. I did every step of the process first to the "practice" guitar, and then to this one. At the end, the two guitars finished fabrication within two weeks of...
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    Build #1 Completed!

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    End of the line sale

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    wet sand paint ? or no?

    Everyone does it differently. It depends on your approach and the product you use, you just have to develop your own strategy to some extent. Some don't do much sanding until the very end. Others sand between every coat. The basic principle is just to keep every coat as level as possible without...
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    steel saddles fill and re cut ?

    hmm. yeah might be a leap of faith that replacement saddles fit all the varieties of TOM. However I suspect that the epoxy, and the recut, will affect the performance and tone of the existing saddles anyway. Not necessarily saying it won't work, but what you are doing definitely carries the...
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    steel saddles fill and re cut ?

    Any particular reason you want to try to save these Tune-o-matics? I only ask because: 1) If you just want properly working bridges, Tune-o-matics are common and easily replaced as long as the studs are still good. You can get really nice TOMs for not a whole lot of money. Or you can get...
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    Hand Tool Build #3 - "Shredder" for my cousin

    Vinegar! one of the most versatile substances in the world!
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    neck angle and ideal bridge height TOM

    That's all? Not concerned about the break angle at the saddles and downward pressure on the saddles? I'm not challenging. Just a beginner who is trying to learn and understand others' approaches. Other luthiers have made a big deal of break angle at both endpoints of the scale. Do you not worry...
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    Glue Joint Fail

    I have none of those things. I have a table saw. It's great at throwing sharp shards of wood at my face. I mostly use it to obliterate pieces of lumber that have made me angry. occasionally I will rip plywood with it if I'm not too worried about having parallel edges.
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    Glue Joint Fail

    I guess I'll just chalk it up to a crazy piece of wood. I had to buy a wood slicer blade to just resaw it: Wood Slicer Bandsaw Blade | Custom Length Bandsaw Blades I bought that on the recommendations of several woodworkers, for resawing very hard stock. The first blade I had tried on it...
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    Glue Joint Fail

    Well, what I had was enough, *except* when dealing with those maple wings. Even the baked curly birdseye for the fretboard was manageable. That's why I was so thrown by it - it was ONLY that one stock of maple that was a problem with hand working - even other maple was a relative breeze. That's...
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    Glue Joint Fail

    This is what I mean by a "limited" tools collection: I have only one plane, an old Stanley #4 smoothing plane. That's it. All my jointing was done with either that plane, sanding blocks, or the router. Actually, now I have two planes. My grandfather passed recently, and left me a block plane...
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    Glue Joint Fail

    Part of the problem I have is no jointer. I set up my router table with an offset fence to substitute as a jointer, but in attempting to joint those particular edges it kept wanting to snipe. I thought I had managed to get the kinks worked out, but if anything was wrong with that joint, it is...
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    Glue Joint Fail

    Yeah, it would probably mean "cutting". I'm not sure how good an idea it is to try and release the glue with heat - the wing joints come within an 1/8" of the fretboard. I'd be worried about releasing the fretboard glue.
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    Glue Joint Fail

    Well I had time to play with the wedge this afternoon, and...Wedged! I wasn't quite able to get the wedge to drive into the hairline part of the split (wood that thin is just too flimsy to drive itself into that split). So I had to do a small bit of wood dust/glue slurry just to fill in the...
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    Glue Joint Fail

    After taking a closer look at it, and experimenting with clamping - I agree with the idea that squeezing it back and re-gluing will simply cause the wood to fail instead. My concern with cutting the wing off and regluing, is that I am a beginner working with a limited shop. I had a lot of...
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    Glue Joint Fail

    Hmm interesting. I do have all the scraps that came off this guitar, so I might be able to make a caul. The neck is a carved heel, so the maple is blended into the mahogany at the neck and I'm not confident I could saw it off and reglue it without it being off by an unfortunate amount. Also, the...
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