Knarbens' 7-string, headless, multiscale build

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  1. Knarbens

    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    fretboard tapered (minus binding thickness), neck tapered, neckpocket cut :) ... just drilled the holes for the neck inserts but I couldn't go on as I couldn't find A SINGLE M5 NUT IN MY SHOP :wallbash: ... I would have needed it to tighten the inserts when installing them with my drill press. I'll do that tomorrow.

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    The level of craftsmanship in this is just insane :yesway:
     
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    Knarbens Well-Known Member

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    Thanks!

    This time I went a different road: I want to finish all the important steps like attaching the neck, gluing the fretboard and placing the bridge first and than do all the bevel/contour and detail work. Normally the body looks almost ready at this stage.
     
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    So I went in the hardware store to buy what I needed to insert the inserts. All went well and I can bolt-on the neck now :) Next step: finishing the fretboard and glue it on.

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    Awesomely clean work!!!
     
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    Awesome...but Knarbs...when are you going to sever the head?
     
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    Haha ... let's see ... when I know the final design of it ;)
     
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    Totally screwed up the neck and fretboard today :( thought I couldnt go wrong with the way I glued it, but I will have to start all over in case I can not detache the fingerboard from the neck. Maybe I could still use a part, but I'm soo down right now ... so many hours of work :(
     
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    I totally understand your frustration and it's really a pity that happened, but please don't let this get you down. There are several people including me that admire your work and I'm totally sure that the new neck will be 100 times better!
     
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    What went wrong?
     
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    That sucks? What happened? At least now you know something not to do.
     
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    I will share the story and my experience after the weekend.
     
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    Sorry to hear that, man. Bounce back!
     
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    So here's what happened. Read more about it here.

    I went in the shop and scraped the backside of the fingerboard to clean the CA residue. After that I installed the sidedots. Everything worked out very well.

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    I flattend the neck glue surface and inserted the trussrod. Thought nothing could go wrong ... (Look at the nice grain *cry* ^^)

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    Placed the clamps as always ...

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    ... just to discover this:

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    It's on both sides down the whole neck??? That's a nightmare!

    I don't really know what to do right now. I was so pissed the weekend ... I don't have the proper tools to quickly build another neck. It's always really time consuming for me to cut the neck with handtools and stuff and my time is really rare.

    I know I learnt from the situation, but it just feels like a big setback to me!
     
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    Is it just that you didn't have enough clamping pressure on the outer edges?
     
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    Most likely, yes.

    I usually clamped it down like this, but I always had the frets installed first, so the board was way stiffer and the frets seemed to transfer the pressure from the center to the outer edges.
     
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    Titebond original?
     
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    Yes. Always.
     
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    Is it possible that the trussrod channel was a hair too shallow and the trussrod protruded a bit?
    You don't have to throw the whole neck though, man. Just shave the fretboard and put a new one.
     
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    You may be able to soften the glue with a clothes iron applied to the top of the fretboard (gentle heat, of course), and then apply some more clamping pressure to close the gap.
     

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