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When you use stain on the neck, do you then go over it with multiple coats of the Tru oil?

 

Rgds - billroy

Yeah... All pretty simple really.. Let the stain dry off for an hour or so.. Then just apply what ever finish... It will have several coats so I can get it at least semi shiny.. Because I don't usually use filler it will never be a mirror finish, but that's not what I go for on my builds.. I like wood to look and feel like wood ;)

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Step 1: Plan the build

Step 2: Build any special tools (you can) that are needed to do the job.

 

Will still need a fret saw and radius gage, and probably another thing or two - but if my ideas for home made tools work, i'm well on my way.

You can buy pre radiused and cut frets.. It is much easier :)

 

Like this https://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-FENDER-STANDARD-MEDIUM-JUMBO-GUITAR-FRET-WIRE-24-9-5-RADIUS-099-1998-000/362567432303?epid=2254325178&hash=item546ab3f86f:g:jpgAAOSwu3ZcWceA

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thank you, nice!

Ohh and also I didn't answer your other question.

 

Step 1...

 

Make or buy a template. This is how I made my first template :D

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Literally made from wood from an old door

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I would advise that you just get some cheap or free wood. I went to an industrial estate and got some pallets and cut up old doors which I would find locally in skips (of course I would ask first :) ).. Test that you can do it on some old wood. Once you are happy then get some nicer wood.. When I fist started trying to drill holes for the TOM and Tailpiece I must have tested it like 50 times on scrap wood before I was happy to do it for real. Even getting some pine slabs wont cost much..

 

You can get templates online https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313.TR3.TRC0.A0.H0.Xtelecaster+template.TRS0&_nkw=telecaster+template&_sacat=0

 

Or as make your own. What you can do is get a free image of a template and print it to size. Cut around the body shape and then use that to draw around on the wood...

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Once you have the body shape drawn on the wood cut it as close as you can to the line with a jigsaw or band saw if you have one.. Then use the template and a router with a bearing bit to clean the edges up and get it to the exact shape. Like this, but he has a bench router.. But its the same thing.

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...Here's a 3 string (fretless) CBG I made (maple w/ mahogany), not great pics to tell how shiny and smooth it is, but the finish on the neck is beautiful...

 

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Superb! I LOVE that you have used Klusons!

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And Rabs! Fantastic stuff yet again. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one progress. It's a bit odd; although I know it will be great to see the finished article it's (IMO) more fascinating watching the whole process unfold bit by bit and step by step. It will almost be a shame when it's all over...

 

Thanks for the enlightenment!

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And Rabs! Fantastic stuff yet again. I'm really looking forward to seeing this one progress. It's a bit odd; although I know it will be great to see the finished article it's (IMO) more fascinating watching the whole process unfold bit by bit and step by step. It will almost be a shame when it's all over...

 

Thanks for the enlightenment!

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Cheers... And its a pleasure to share.. If it wasn't for the support and amazing people in this place I wouldn't even be doing this I don't think [thumbup]

 

And theres always the next build.. Which I may actually start next week in between oiling and finishing this one. I still have so many things I want to try yet.

 

Did you know theres some new guitar shows coming.. One in Newmarket which I am attending (on the 24th) and then they have one in Milton Keynes and then one in Chelmsford.. Depending on how the first one goes I may do all three. http://www.myclassicguitars.co.uk/

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Ok.. Its oiling time :D

 

First thing though was to stain the neck as its a bit lighter than the body wood and would annoy me..

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So I tape it off and use some Peruvian Mahogany stain

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And the result

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Then while that was drying I oiled the body... And thus will follow a load of gratuitous shots :D

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Beautiful!!!

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Hi all, planning my first build and looking into how necks attach to bodies. I'm planning to copy the Fender bolt on design, but when I look for hardware, it all comes with wood screws (screws that screw directly into the wood of the neck). I guess it works if that's the age old way, but I would think a threaded insert into the neck where a bolt screws into it would be more secure... and if I need to take it on / off etc, would be better than strictly the wood screws. This makes sense to me, but I miss the obvious some times.

 

Does anyone have experience or opinions on this?

 

Rgds - billroy

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Hi all, planning my first build and looking into how necks attach to bodies. I'm planning to copy the Fender bolt on design, but when I look for hardware, it all comes with wood screws (screws that screw directly into the wood of the neck). I guess it works if that's the age old way, but I would think a threaded insert into the neck where a bolt screws into it would be more secure... and if I need to take it on / off etc, would be better than strictly the wood screws. This makes sense to me, but I miss the obvious some times.

 

Does anyone have experience or opinions on this?

 

Rgds - billroy

Well I decided to have a look as well I should know these things :) Or will need to at some point.

 

It seems both ways are used?? So I guess you have to decide which way you want to go..

 

 

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Heres the latest....

 

Did the trussrod cover today.. Made from black Walnut

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Annoyingly I realised today that I am out of my headstock logos (DOH!!) I have already emailed the guy who makes them. Hopefully he can get some to me by Wednesday.

 

And the guitar is getting there.. we are on about 7/8 coats now and you can see the grain is slowly being filled making the overall effect smoother. I will probably stop at about 10.

 

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lovin it Rabs! What is your plan for a pickguard on this - will she be naked, or how do you go about getting one fitted?

No pickguard for this one... I like the natural beauty of the wood to shine.. Mind you im the same with my LPs, if there is a nice top to be seen I leave the guard off..

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Ok.. Last of the oiling done today.. Im happy with the finish, shiny enough for me :)

 

Only issue is the people who supply me with my headstock logos have let me down.. Not quite sure what im going to do yet.. I may end up using a sharpie on it [crying] (very carefully).

 

Anyway.. I will leave it a day or so to dry properly and then give it a good buffing.. Then I can at last put it all together [thumbup]

 

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More soon :)

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Ok.. Last of the oiling done today.. Im happy with the finish, shiny enough for me :)

 

Only issue is the people who supply me with my headstock logos have let me down.. Not quite sure what im going to do yet.. I may end up using a sharpie on it [crying] (very carefully).

 

 

 

Could you wait for a new batch, or are they out of the picture. Good luck, jones'ing to see this with the fretboard uncovered?

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Could you wait for a new batch, or are they out of the picture. Good luck, jones'ing to see this with the fretboard uncovered?

Its not that.. Its that I have a show on Sunday.. I want this for the show as its the only example of one of my carved type tops I have left.. Its my fault really, I thought I had some and didn't and should have checked earlier. Its annoying as I mailed them Sunday, they answered back straight away saying sure no problem and then I haven't heard from the since and they didn't answer the phone today..

 

So its a case of, if I am lucky and someone wants to buy it, I don't want to sell it without a logo.. I have a few things like I printed my own labels once and I think I may have some left somewhere but they don't look anywhere near as good as my usual which are silver with a black outline... The ones I did myself are all black and it will barely show on this dark wood.

 

I have my thinking hat on.. I will do something, just not sure what yet.

 

Ohh and I cant wait to get this thing together and finished too [thumbup]

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Its not that.. Its that I have a show on Sunday.. I want this for the show as its the only example of one of my carved type tops I have left.. Its my fault really, I thought I had some and didn't and should have checked earlier. Its annoying as I mailed them Sunday, they answered back straight away saying sure no problem and then I haven't heard from the since and they didn't answer the phone today..

 

So its a case of, if I am lucky and someone wants to buy it, I don't want to sell it without a logo.. I have a few things like I printed my own labels once and I think I may have some left somewhere but they don't look anywhere near as good as my usual which are silver with a black outline... The ones I did myself are all black and it will barely show on this dark wood.

 

I have my thinking hat on.. I will do something, just not sure what yet.

 

Ohh and I cant wait to get this thing together and finished too [thumbup]

MOP inlay!!

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