Beginning a new build: A Jazzy T-style

ToujoursLire

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I assembled a kit two years ago (results in my avatar photo), and apparently should have stopped reading TDPRI then, to prevent the itch to build a new one?

So clearly, next up in degree of difficulty is to build a body. I decided to try a Jazzmaster shape with Tele-style controls. I found a lovely piece of African mahogany I'm excited about, and a back up piece of poplar to practice on first. Borrowed a friend's band-saw on Sunday to rough cut the blanks; picked up MDF and rough cut copies of the template today. Now, to be patient!
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Looks good! And if it took you two years between building a kit and trying your own body you're doing okay. I used to average buying a new guitar a year. Then I built my first guitar. Then joined this forum and in the last six years I'm bow working on build 14 and bought a few more.

The real test will be what you do after you get a taste for making your own body!

And don't be intimidated by necks. They're not bad to make either.
 

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It will be a sitting down guitar, I’m sure! No progress last week—I managed not to break anything, falling off a ladder, but hurt my foot. Feeling much better now, so had a good afternoon with dad. Finished copying the pickguard and neck pocket templates, and almost finished the body template copy (still need to plunge-route the wiring cavity). And routed the pickguard.
 

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Spent some time with the ROSS to get close to the lines so I won’t need to take much off with the router. And then spent some time drawing lines on the poplar, to figure out arm rest and belly cut geometries.
 

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Well, we learn through trial and error, right?
We attempted to route the neck pocket on the poplar blank, after hogging out some material with the drill press.
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As you can see, clearly had some bearing issues. This is why we copy templates and use the copies, after all. So will need to make another after that.

We also worked on hogging out and beginning to route the other cavities.
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I had an issue with the depth stop on the drill press in the neck pickup cavity—not really a big issue, just annoying. We also routed the top of the outside while we had the template on.

I’m definitely glad I am practising on the poplar before working on the mahogany.
 

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Still waiting on some router bits to resume body work, but delighted to pick up the neck my luthier made for me. Daniel does incredible work—a quick Google for Cithara Guitars in Hamilton will let you see his own designs— and has built a beautiful maple and ebony neck for me.
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Router bits arrived! So soon, some progress.
But—I’d love to ask for folks’ advice. I’m wondering about skipping the pickguard. That would mean no wiring cavity, just a drilled hole from neck pickup cavity to bridge cavity to control cavity. The neck pickup is a tad odd: it’s a soap bar p90, with dog ears meant to be hidden. So I’m wondering about a fake pickup ring—perhaps made out of veneer to be fairly thin.
What do you think?
 

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My opinion is that when you build a guitar that you are used to seeing a pickguard on, well it just looks naked without one. Rings are not a pickguard. YMMV.
 

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Router bits arrived! So soon, some progress.
But—I’d love to ask for folks’ advice. I’m wondering about skipping the pickguard. That would mean no wiring cavity, just a drilled hole from neck pickup cavity to bridge cavity to control cavity. The neck pickup is a tad odd: it’s a soap bar p90, with dog ears meant to be hidden. So I’m wondering about a fake pickup ring—perhaps made out of veneer to be fairly thin.
What do you think?

Instead of doing that I’d just get a P90 without the dog ears.
 

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Router bits arrived! So soon, some progress.
But—I’d love to ask for folks’ advice. I’m wondering about skipping the pickguard. That would mean no wiring cavity, just a drilled hole from neck pickup cavity to bridge cavity to control cavity. The neck pickup is a tad odd: it’s a soap bar p90, with dog ears meant to be hidden. So I’m wondering about a fake pickup ring—perhaps made out of veneer to be fairly thin.
What do you think?
I don't like pick guards and don't put them on my guitars. I did one with soap bar P90's and just screwed them to the body with some foam in between. Single coils and humbuckers can be mounted on rings and look very nice.

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Straightened the edges of the misshapen neck pocket, and routed to proper depth. Cut and glued in place wood to re-route the neck pocket to proper size—chose a contrast to the poplar, so hopefully will look nice/semi-intentional.
I am leaning toward a faux-ring for my neck P90. To Moldy Oldy’s point above, this particular pick-up was custom built for me for this guitar. I’ve picked up some marbled ebony which is quite close in appearance to the fretboard. Made a template today for the ring, but of course forgot to take a picture of that.
And put a second coat of Osmo Polyx on the neck; I’m quite happy with how it’s coming along.
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Today, we routed the neck reinforcements flush with the top of the guitar. Then re-routed the neck pocket—and am quite pleased with how it came out.
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This before the second pass to get to the 5/8” pocket depth.

Also routed the neck and bridge pockets to 3/4” and 7/8” respectively. Drilled hole from wiring cavity to control cavity; and then messed up a bit drilling the hole from the bridge cavity to the control cavity—punching through the bottom of the control cavity. So I’ll need to figure that out, and yet more reasons to be glad of practising on the poplar before the mahogany.

Did a quick look:
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I’m pleased with the learning and how it’s coming along—but especially the time working with dad.

I also put a third coat of polyx on the neck. Progress!
 




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