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Bolt - new model proto build

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by preeb, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    Yippee! Another guitar or two from Gil to drool over...
     
  2. Bentley

    Bentley Friend of Leo's

    Jul 25, 2012
    Kelowna B.C, Canada
    cool. I'm jealous of your vast collection of wood. I wonder how much your stash is worth...
     
  3. mlp-mx6

    mlp-mx6 Tele-Holic

    717
    Jan 20, 2008
    Atlanta
    Fantastic, Gil! I look forward to what I'll learn here.

    A couple things:
    The name - Carvin already has a guitar line called Bolt
    http://www.carvinguitars.com/catalog/guitars/bolt

    The neck join - anything fancy like Anderson's A-wedgie coming? Or will it be a more "standard" flat tenon joint?

    Michael
     
  4. Jupiter

    Jupiter Telefied Silver Supporter

    Jun 22, 2010
    Osaka, Japan
    Yes, I'm really excited to see your neck join solution. Fender's standard heel/pocket design has never been very comfortable for me and my little hands.
     
  5. supersonic1414

    supersonic1414 Tele-Meister

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    Gil is a virtuoso. So proud to own several of his builds. See a Bolt in my future.
     
  6. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Neck is made of figured hard maple and can either have a BRRW or a maple board.
    In case of a maple board I will use the same neck blank for both neck and board which is also the case for this proto.

    Template printed..

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    cut

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    and very carefully smoothed keeping the neck edges 100% flat.

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    Tuner holes and mounting screw holes are drilled and the two index pin holes are drilled as well in the headstock and neck heel

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    1 1/4" maple stock with nice birdseye figuring..

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    cut

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    and sliced open to separate the fingerboard from the neck.
    I will later reverse the two parts to get a stronger and more stable neck.

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    I make sure the board is 100% straight as it should be.
    Those maple blanks were air dried and gradually thicknessed for 5 years!!

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    Both parts are trued and thicknessed in the drum sander

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    Nice and flat..

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    Notice that I haven't trimmed the blank prior to slicing it. The reason for that is to prevent the cutting from splitting the clean surfaced trimmed edge.


    both parts should measure a little over 1"

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    I sliced the board off of the back of the neck and I now flip it to the front.
    Using a flipped split maple gives a much more stable neck because the natural tendency to move in a certain direction is now balanced by the reversal.

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    Neck part is spiral trimmed

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    tuner holes.. etc..

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    I add a 3/16" channel to the bottom of the neck template

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    Shim the heel end by 1/8" to get a deeper truss-rod channel in the heel area and rout a straight (Yes.. 50's Gibson type straight..) rod channel on the pin router

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    Rod is heated

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    Bent

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    Pressed and hardened in cold oil

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    I cut the excess off like this to create the anchor (same as the Bone truss rod)

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    I use the excess part of the rod in the channel and hide glue a short fillet over it.

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    Like that

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    As the glue sets, the short rod ( used as gluing spacer ) is removed and a 3/4" diameter shallow cut is made with a spot facer

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    like this

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    and followed by a 3/8" spot facer

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    like that

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    I now test the drilling depth with the spoke wheel TR nut.
    It should come in contact with both the bottom of the drill and the 3/4" brass spacer.
    This way the pressure is spread across a larger area preventing excessive wood compression that can lead to neck issues down the road.

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    The truss rod is deeped in bee's wax and pushed into the slot

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    Long fillet part is hide glued and lightly clamped

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    The Bolt truss-rod is running from the nut to the end of the heel and will affect the entire playing area of the neck (unlike the traditional F designs where the compression is about 1" away from both ends)

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    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014
  7. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    As the wood cures I sand the bottom of the neck flat

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    and remove the little part of the brass spacer under the heel

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    Another last trip to the drum sander to shave the fillet and true the neck surface

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    The sanding is a little coarse and I need to scrape the neck and board surfaces before gluing in order to get a seamless glue line

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    320 hide glue is used for the fingerboard joint and it gels in about 10 seconds... so I have to heat the neck to get a few extra seconds before it is clamped

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    Sorry, but no photos while gluing.. but here's the monster sandwich clamp

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    All the glue is squeezed out by quickly tightening the clamp

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    and inspecting the glue line through the squeezed glue (it acts as a magnifier) making sure it's void free.

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    It will need to cure for at least 24 hours in a hot room to make sure all the moisture is out before releasing it from the jig.

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    Shabbat Shalom.
     
  8. MatthewDickin

    MatthewDickin Tele-Afflicted

    Amazing - this is going to be fantastic.

    Gil, looking down my list of subscribed threads on TDPRI, they are all your builds. This one is no exception - can't wait to see how this turns out.
     
  9. Doubletriode

    Doubletriode Tele-Meister

    192
    Mar 23, 2008
    Geneva,Switzerland
    Hugh!!! That's a torture machine!!! :p

    I am not sure that I understood this correctly...

    When you say :"Shim the heel end by 1/8" to get a deeper truss-rod channel in the heel area and rout a straight (Yes.. 50's Gibson type straight..) rod channel on the pin router", you mean the truss rod channel is straight (no curved bottom) but closer to the fingerboard by 1/8" on the heel side?

    I am really happy that you started a new thread: a lot more to learn and enjoy for all of us.

    Thanks Gil!
     
  10. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    A straight channel with the rod being closer to the board on the nut side and deeper on the heel side.
     
  11. Doubletriode

    Doubletriode Tele-Meister

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    Mar 23, 2008
    Geneva,Switzerland
    :confused: Ohhh... I had it the other way around...

    Thanks Gil!

    :oops:
     
  12. '59_Standard

    '59_Standard Tele-Holic

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    Jan 27, 2010
    Worldwide
    Hence the brass washer being over the edge! - Duh. I thought you'd drilled it wrong for a 'mo, there. :lol:
     
  13. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    It would still work fine the other way around... but the neck tapers toward the nut and it's better to follow it in case someone wants a thinner neck.
     
  14. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Haha... no.. I measure 10 times, draw it 20 times and only then cut (-;
    I prefer a larger spacer to spread the truss-rod pressure as much as possible.
     
  15. cleanheadsteve

    cleanheadsteve Tele-Meister

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    Mar 4, 2010
    Arkansas
    Ton of great info here. Pics are super. Thanks again
     
  16. RickyRicardo

    RickyRicardo Friend of Leo's

    Mar 27, 2012
    Calgary, Alberta
    I don't know if they are related but a guy named Wayne Bolt built Bolt Guitars back in the early 90's or something.
    http://betweenthesounds.com/bolt-guitars-brochure/

    I hope that isn't going to be a problem for you Gil.
     
  17. Doubletriode

    Doubletriode Tele-Meister

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    Mar 23, 2008
    Geneva,Switzerland
    I am sure Gil has chosen the name as an homage to a jamaican guy named Husain who is lightning fast!!!

    :D
     
  18. LightninMike

    LightninMike Tele-Holic

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    Nov 30, 2010
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    Your attention to detail is always wonderful. The documentation....the thought behind the action...
    Thank You
     
  19. Greg M

    Greg M Tele-Holic

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    Sep 4, 2003
    Virginia
    Great guitar design Gil. Love the "sandwich clamp" too. I'll have to make one of those soon. :idea:
     
  20. preeb

    preeb Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    Sep 10, 2008
    Sonoran Desert
    Ahh... busted..
     
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