Carving bodies and necks

Mass production territory :smiley:

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Having a crack at building a through neck guitar with a scarf joint, it is all very involved, complicated and risky, compounded by the fact the plans are in my head. Anyway, some pics…

Sapele

Maple and walnut stripes

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Routed (no pics) a 2mm deep fretboard shaped recess into the body to create the necessary 8mm +/- 0.5mm distance to the top of the fret board to match up with the bridge. Removed the bulk of the waste with my drill press planer - which left an impressively smooth surface.

Ash wings with strips of sapele

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Wow, a different level.

That neck is going to look amazing!

So much respect.

I have been boasting to Jan today that I changed a hinge on a door. The new one was a bit bigger, by way of being 40 years younger than the new one, so a chisel was involved.

No pictures ‘cos it’s a hidden mess but again so much respect for someone who can do what you do.

Love your work. Not going to try anything like it as my house would burn down and I would slice all my fingertips* off.

Whole fingers and thumbs actually…

Made some progess on the neck this afternoon. Going slow with the my Shinto rasp and Iwasaki files - they’re all lovely to use but you must take care, they can remove a lot of wood very quickly.

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Beautiful!

Buggered about in the garage today…

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One lowish output neck pick up, no swtich, a very simple instrument.

That’s it for a couple of weeks. lots of body and neck refining to come. Plus gluing it all together.

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I’m speechless sunbeam, the amount of skill that has gone into its design and execution is quite breathtaking, always enjoy your updates.

Got the body glued together today - before that I routered the curve onto the center block.
I have a healthy respect for that bit, it’s big and intimidating.

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Pre drilled the 2 holes for the pickup cable and used a plastic drinking straw to make sure glue didn’t seal it back up. (it wasn’t needed in the end as it’s lose enough to pull out - which I’ll do when the cable is in.)

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Starting to come together, lots of sanding and refining to come along and fret work (which I dislike in a big way). It should look very nice when it’s done, will probably use an oil finish which will darken the wood, alot.

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Incredible!

Wow looks great

Not done a fat lot over the last month, crap health + winter cba.
Had a couple of hours this afternoon, broke the back of the hatefull fret work having glued the fret board on last weekend. Whole thing sanded to 320. Probably be in a position to play around over christmas and complete it.

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Just, wow :heart_eyes:

That is a thing of beauty - chapeau! :heart_eyes:

Finished.
Rather pleased with this one, (despite gluing the fret board slightly off the center line).

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Wow
I love all the guitars you’ve made, works of art.
If they play half as good as they look I bet they are fabulous.

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We should do a guitar themed bake off, would be great to try one, they look fabulous

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That is fucking stunning! :heart_eyes: :star_struck: :heart_eyes: :star_struck:

What an achievement!

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