1963 Vox Shadow Inspired Budget Build

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  1. guitarbuilder

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    I inserted the newly threaded rod into the bolt with the hole in it. I peened the end over to help secure it. Then I hacked if off the bolt. r4.jpg





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    I did a little filing to remove the sharp burr. Now it looks like a regular truss rod. I ended up drilling down into the poplar a bit farther with a " bit"....:)



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    I had to chisel a little space for the peened over rod at the end. I chased the other end with the die while it was convenient. Now to make a filler strip.

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    I had to put a dummy rod in the slot to get the filler strip in place so I could drill a concentric hole for the truss rod nut. I used a shrink tube on the length of the rod to fit it snugly to the slot. It's green.


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    The rod was installed with a little dab of caulk at the ends and the middle. too. A few clamps held it down during the yellow glue drying process.



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    That dark wood along the upper edge reminds me so much of the Harrison/Clapton "Lucy"

    That alone would be enough reason for me to watch this build.

    Nice.[​IMG]

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    That's Indian Rosewood on my fretboard. Lots of that was/is used on guitars.
     
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    I believe he was referring to the body itself, with the 'upper' side of the glue-up a wee bit darker than the rest...

    Good job on the neck, for some reason I love watching people making their own trussrods...
     
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    Ah...good eye. It's just basswood to me....:) I think it's important to have truss rod making skills. It reverts back to the old days when double rods MIC didn't exist...
     
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    Filler strip cut off, planed down, and finally scraped level.


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    Nothing here to see...….
     
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    After a ruined fretboard yesterday, I sat down and redid x carve specific files for this fretboard today. First I ran the 12" radius program.


    Roughing:

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    A finish pass


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    I scribed some fret slot locations with a vee shaped Dremel bit.



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    Next I machined in the dot holes:


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    Next was a tapering program:



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    And lastly I cut two parallel cuts on both sides to have a reference edge ( I hope) against the fret slotting miter box side.


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    This is so cool. Can't wait to see the finished product!

    When you get done, would you build me a replica Vox Apache? My birthday is coming up.

    Thanks in advance.

    Here, I'm a helper. For your inspiration:

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    Thanks! I'll see what I can whip up.
     
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    I squared up the fretboard to the straight routs. I also punched out some scrap pickguard dots. I love dots at no cost. They got glued in with Duco...the acetone based stuff in the green tube.




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    Today I sawed the fret slots. I used the stewmac template just to raise it up. I lined the blade up to the scribed v groove and held it in place by hand and cut down.

    Slot number 18 got a little wider than I'd like, so I'll have to attend to that. I glued and clamped it to the neck with a caul. The fretboard is pinned with 4 brads that get removed when the clamps come off after 30 minutes. That way the glue is still cheese-like and easy to remove. This is my typical method and you can see it all in the "let's make a neck" thread if you are so inclined.



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