First real build....

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  1. mo62987

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    Ok, let's turn some stuff into a guitar!
    Have done a couple parts builds so far, and a 'practice' build from scratch using mostly stuff i already had. Ready for the real thing now. Will probably take quite a while since I'm kinda short on 'free-time', but here we go!

    Body glue up. Nice 8/4 ash i picked up a while back. Had an edge jointed at the lumber yard, and I cut the two pieces to length a few weeks ago. Think it moved on me slightly since it's been sitting, had to try to dress up the edges again before glue up. Not sure i did a fantastic job, but think it'll do.

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    Maple for the neck. Found a length with a bit of figure to it

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    Got to use my new-to-me planer and hack it down to 3/4", then rough cut with the jigsaw

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    Sanded to the line, then over to the router table. Still had an area tearout at the heel - you can see the repair in the bottom right of the next photo

    Using the jig to route the truss rod slot

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    StewMac Hot rod with the Fender style adjustment. Free handed the wider area to slip the adjustment nut through

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    That'll do

    Fretboard locators before i cut them down
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    Then hacked the LMII pre-slotted fretboard down to size before glue up
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    That's how she sits for now waiting on my clamps to free up from the body.
     
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    After a very busy month or so of being on the road for work and sleeping in hotel rooms more than my own bed, I got to steal a few minutes here and there to work on this.

    Finished the fretboard glue up and trimmed it down to size. Then moved over to routing the body shape. Lack of a band saw meant hacking away the majority of the waste with carefully placed miter saw cuts and drilling first and finishing with a hand saw. Then VERY slowly taking many passes with the router to avoid tear out. Didn't get too far with that part just yet.

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    Only issue i ran into was a small bit of chip out near a fret slot. Does this look fixable with the sawdust and super glue trick?
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    Oh! and an inspiration pic for this build...
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    I gotta tell ya.... I'm not a big fan of Bigsbys... or relics, but damn... that's one fine lookin' lady there... not to shabby for a first real build any build for that matter..... I hope you're there to see your grandson show your Great grandson those first few chords... congrats... rock on..

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    @Ronkirn I'm not a huge fan of pre-relic'd guitars either so I'll go for a fairly thin nitro coat and (hopefully) let the years do the work for me.
    And i think i'll go for a top loader first... Bigsby to follow later
     
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    did you access my booklets of instructions.. they may help, though what I see of your shop you're probably well familiar with the basics and splinters..

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    @Ronkirn Yes i have perused your booklets, and read through some of your detailed build threads (as well as many others'). Thank you for sharing your wealth of knowledge so freely!
     
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    Slow goings but body is shaped finally
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    Neck pocket done
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    Good snug fit
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    Today we gots dots
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    And dots
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    And an ok repair for that fret board chipout
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    The onto headstock thinning and transition. Still need a little work in this area
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    Bridge aligned

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    Made a template and routed the recess for the rear control plate
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    Not quite as clean as I would have wanted. But not too bad either.
     
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    Let’s do this...
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    Primary facet done
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    Almost there. Just needs some dressing up. But I was pretty tired of rasping, filing, sanding at this point
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    Moved on to fretting (at some point during all this I drilled for the jack too)
    This was my first time fretting. It seemed much more intimidating than it really is. Only one fret gave me trouble where I had some CA glue build up in the slot from that repair earlier. Still might have to pull it and try again.
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    Ends all dressed up.
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    Nice
    What size bit you use for the control cavity?
     
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    Very cool. Looking good.


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    Thanks guys!
    If you mean the rear route, I just used a 1/2” router bit. For the deep route and the rebate.
     
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