1958-59 flying v first build

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  1. thecableguy

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    Sounds awesome Joe! Can't wait to hear # 2!
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    Thank you, me either.
     
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    Still waiting for plastic molding materials to arrive so while researching and planning the stratocaster I am going to start the next v. Trimmed some fat off of the neck. This is the good part of the wood from the blank that I bought.





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  5. joekumpan3

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    I attach it to the neck shaping jig.

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    Last time I cut the width of the neck down first, this time I am going to leave it thick because that is how I made the jig. When it was sanded after being cut down the screws had to be extended and it made the neck blank pull back slightly and not square.
     
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    Great job, Joe. Can't wait to see how the next one goes, and you've got me very interested in the Strat. All I can ask is to keep up the good work - I'll be watching.

    john
     
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    Thank you sir. Yes the stratocaster is very interesting. I wish it was mine. The best I can do is try to make one just like it or at least as close as I can.Thank you for the support.
     
  8. joekumpan3

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    Did some robosanding today. One side done.

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    And yes that is my sweat dripping on the headstock area. I had an issue with the neck not being square due to the way the the clamps hold so I try to make sure that everything remains square.

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    In the end it does an ok job but I think a different, more straight up and down clamp system will be better.
     
  9. joekumpan3

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    One thing for sure having one guitar build, even if it isn't completely finished, under my belt I find it easier to anticipate problems as I go.
     
  10. joekumpan3

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    I had a slight drop off toward the nut so I put the neck back on the front side jig and sanded slightly. This neck is so thick it won't miss a little meat.

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    Next I cut off the excess width on the bandsaw.

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    I double check with the template and it is just right.

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    Next after I mark the nut an center line I tape two spacers to the nut end of the neck. The first guitar I used a 1/8 spaced and ran into trouble with the nut not being deep enough so this time I use a 1/16 spacer and add about 1/64 to the 1/2 depth that I used before.

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    No veering off course this time, straight and perfect. 7/16 up front,1/2 at the anchor.

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  12. joekumpan3

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    So I guess mistakes are just going to happen. Boom right off the bat! I think since it has been so long since I did the woodworking on the last guitar that I am a bit rusty. I was so concerned at the depth and making a straight line that I grabbed the 1/4 inch bit instead of the 3/16, bummer!

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    I've got this much wiggle room.

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    Guess ill get it a sleve or two little maple fillets for the sides. I really wanted to be mistake free on this one, I am going to have to be more carefull.
     
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    How about some heat shrink tubing over the truss rod.
     
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    Maybe, I think tubing will be my last resort. I am going to either put 1/32 x 3/16 veneer on each side or route a 3/16 channel in the fillets and slide it over the top. Only because I read last night that tubing makes the neck sound funny. I could possibly fill the bottom or whole thing and re-route. Good suggestion though thanks.
     
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    Where did you read about the tubing effecting the tone?

    I'd like to read up on this problem, thank you.

    John
     
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    Where did you read about the tubing effecting the tone?

    I'd like to read up on this problem, thank you.

    John[/QUOTE]

    Here was one of them,http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/index.php/t-179799.html the rest I googled various other versions of truss rod sleeve and read. As with anything there are plenty of pro and con.
     
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    Here was one of them,http://www.thegearpage.net/board/archive/index.php/t-179799.html the rest I googled various other versions of truss rod sleeve and read. As with anything there are plenty of pro and con.[/QUOTE]Thank you!

    Interesting thread and addresses my concerns about "skinning" a truss rod.

    As for the straight rod, wasn't it CBS who had installed a bunch of rods just like this in some early necks, and they had terrible warping problems with some.

    IIRC, some one brought a neck to Leo over at G&L and he said something to the effect of, "the rod is not curved, any one can see that won't work right"

    so CBS recalled those necks, trashed them and went back to the curved rods.

    Mind you, this is my feeble recollection having read Clarence White's book, "Fender: The Inside Story" a few years ago.

    This is a great book for those of you craving Fender history!

    Thanks again Joe,

    John

    BTW, I know you are building period correct stuff right now,would like to add that the necks I have with single curved rods and graphite stays are lighter than without, and extremely resonant in a very tonefully pleasing way.
     
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    The logo mold is proving difficult, flying it down is working well but now one of the two parts of my silicone mix is becoming thicker and it doesn't pour like it did at first so I am having to spread it on like peanut butter and it is getting air bubbles. I may have to get more silicone. I can see so that is a plus.

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  19. joekumpan3

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    I tested out the last logo mold I made even with the new harder material I got.

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    The last stuff had black mixed into it already this one I had to get a separate color additive and it is way thinner. The other stuff was like syrup this is like water, the funny thing is the other stayed softer this is harder. Here is how much leaked out of the plugged hole on the bottom of the pickup ring mold.

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  20. joekumpan3

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    I think we have a winner!

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    A few spots that have blobs from the mold having bubble spots but I can trim this with a hobby knife. One between the K.

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    And one between the E.

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