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Dear diary, what a build it's been.............

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by crazydave911, May 20, 2011.

  1. guitarbuilder

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    I really like the last walnut fretboard on the mahogany neck I made. I think it feels quite like rosewood and don't even think about it.
     
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    And I put one on a Jazzmaster I'm building.
     
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    Nice to see walnut so well loved :). I used to get the old saw wondering if the frets would hold and such bull lol
     
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    Been doing some neck work here and there lol

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    And of course I messed up the markers :rolleyes:

    Also trimming the nut slightly

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    Gonna be a tight squeeze for 12, where's a used Ricky nut when ya need 'em :lol::lol::lol::lol:

    Dave
     
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    A sweet little 12 string neck :D

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    Well somehow my template shifted on one side (no clue how, the slot is correct :rolleyes:) so as I was marking for tuner screws, two holes had to be corrected

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    I'm not overly concerned on top, I'm using these. Bought for my L6 I did my customary just in case an got an extra. I've no clue where you'd get genuine Gibson ferrules now :confused:

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    Also decided heck I don't care if the center scarf shows, I want WALNUT not plastic

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    Second coat tomorrow lol

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    Second coat in the books and best use of Gibson parts I've seen in awhile lol

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    An glued in so UNLIKE Gibson they won't fall out during a string change :rolleyes::lol:

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    We interrupt this build for a ride on the way back machine :lol:. Somewhere around the middle of this thread I did two proof of concept builds. A 24" scale Esquire and a mando kind of thing. I used 1" yellow pine stair treads and didn't try to make them pretty. I was testing cloth attachment, hand rubbed burst and skirt painting the edges. I used 1/4" cold rolled neck rods and to be honest, yellow pine 1" thick? You have to drill the stuff to get a nail in it lol. Well the Esquire with a blade humbucker had all the howl and twang you could ask for, so no changes.
    Now the mando thing I need to explain. Having already built a 23" scale/mandocello and loved it. So I set my sights on a short scale. Now those who know me well know that I'm fond of the weird and off the beaten path kind of instruments. Setting on a scale of 19" I began to look around at possibilities. Being I loved fifths that had to stay but what to add? On my favorite hangout, The Atlas of Plucked Instruments I dug in and read.
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    Seems the mideval had what I was looking for. First, most of you know a guitar is tuned in fourths except for the B which is a minor 3rd I think. So taking that in mind I tuned the bottom 4 in fifths (octave mando) then added two Melody strings ( like a lute) and tuned them a fourth lower ( on the fifth fret where a fifth is on the 7th). The results were amazing and I played it for days trying to explore the possibilities. I immediately started thinking of thinning the neck to something reasonable and other things. Well along came life and I had little chance to play anything but did get it occasionally and ***** about the neck in the process. Well reorganized my room two days ago and there Lil Bit was and seeing as how I've been working on necks extensively of late I put her on my roller. And ugh, yellow pine. I could do a bass neck faster. But here we go

    Now the view from the front :)

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    I made the pickup long ago for what I don't remember, the bridge I made especially for this :D. Regular saddles on the fifths and a Jaguar bridge for the unison strings which worked really well.

    Now for the dreary part, work :eek:

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    My usual tools barely cut it

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    And this as far as I got in a DAY

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    And the little that it cuts
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    All I can say is all you guys wanting to use pine for a neck? Get a piece of a straight grained yellow pine, even flatsawn and will likely out live you lol :lol::lol:


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    Well I did manage to get this far. Looks good but I still have as much to remove as I did today. Glad I took the week off from therapy :rolleyes:

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    Looking better but not yet where I want it :(. Good night friends :)

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    There was a guy on a acoustic forum who built the whole thing out of pine.
    I know the old Kays, many had poplar for a neck.
    Pine is stout stuff, and Southern Yellow Pine can dull chisels and planes faster than oak, IME.
     
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    Hello old friend :). Yeppers and from what I hear NO lumberyard up north carries it anymore :(. But douglas fir and Southern Yellow Pine is excellent guitar woods, though stubborn. And your experience is excellent lol.

    Well to roll on ;)


    Finished dimension and sanded smooth. Also first coat of shellac ;) A favorite with pine

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    And yes, I intend to let the pine show, I no longer give a damn I if people know :lol:

    Dave

    BTW, when I get around to it the Esquire is next :D
     
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    Sweet! And on with the Esquire!
    I got an acoustic build and an electric build going at the same time on Youtube.
    Spent the day at my bench working on the electric. Can't think of a more fun or satisfying way to spend a few hours.
     
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    Well my last coat of shellac. When It dries I'll tape off the ends to touch up the black then a shot of clear and all done :D

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    Nice! I am always excited during the last part of the finish stage; it means I'm on the home stretch.
     
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    Black all touched up and Helmsman sprayed on :)

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    Sweet! I like it!
     
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    Thanks! :) I figured varnish appropriate for pine ;)
     
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    Well back to our regular show, starting the Tru-Oil coats

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    Also drilled for the tuner screws, all 24 of them :rolleyes:

    Dave
     
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