How bout an Explorer build?

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  1. failsafe306

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    Hey guys, here are some pics of my 3rd Explorer build. It is based on a ‘58 body shape with my own neck dimensions and headstock. The other big difference is I prefer the no pick guard look of the ESP explorers, hence no pickguard.

    Here is where I’m at so far. The trussrod is a rip off of the PRS two-way turnbuckle design. The reason I prefer this over a SM or LMII two way rod design is,
    A- less wood ia removed
    B- less metal in the neck
    C- cheaper (once you factor in the cost of reverse thread tap/die

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    I capped off the channel with a piece of scrap mahogany, and planed it down flush.
     
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    Out of the clamps.
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    Band saw and spindle sanded you shape. 3899583F-0236-47BC-850E-B663846C559B.jpeg AD1ED198-7834-4089-8733-354C5CD5139A.jpeg 712670FF-7260-4B76-B8E1-B5C56C0C56EF.jpeg
    Now to route it to final shape. C56F40BE-FE4A-4B87-83CB-E55D215B1390.jpeg D9DB386C-C6D3-41C5-97B6-050A5DB67F8B.jpeg 333DF138-64C4-452E-B6C4-3413ADB43C45.jpeg 75633529-7A2D-42FA-9AF2-9AB187E3AA0D.jpeg
     
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    Next, I routed out the neck mortise, pickup cavities, and control cavity.
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    Rear control cavity.
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    And this is how I make my neck tenons. I made a jig that allows me to use my router table to create the tenon with a perfect 3* angle on all 3 sides.
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    And that’s where I am at this point. I’ll update again as I go. Thanks for watching!
     
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    Love it! Keep the pics coming!
     
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    You've got some nice jigs and templates going there. Gonna be nice.
     
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    Looking great!
     
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    I love explorers. Is that Korina? Nice job and thanks for sharing your jig setup.
     
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    Nope, just plain old Honduran mahogany.
     
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    I’ve been slowly chipping away at this one in my spare time. Job, wife, kids, band all take up too much of my time these days, haha.

    I used a chisel to angle the end of the body to match the neck angle.

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    Gluing on the fretboard.

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    Routing neck taper.

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    Shaping the back of the neck.

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    Sanding the fretboard before fretting.

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    Freshly installed and beveled frets.
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