how to make a Contoured neck heel?

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  1. John Lipfert

    John Lipfert Tele-Meister

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    I'm sure most of you are familiar with the contoured neck heel offered by USACG, Warmoth and the like. If not:

    http://www.warmoth.com/Guitar/Bodies/Options/ContouredHeel.aspx

    I searched and searched through this forum, and maybe I missed it, but I haven't seen anyone attempt to make one of these.

    I would like to do this to an existing T body, but I don't know where to begin or what tools would be best for the job. Would I just use a rasp or spokeshave and freehand it until it's right?
     
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  2. jkingma

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    Rasp, scraper, sandpaper, elbow grease.

    The same tools I use to carve a neck.
     
  3. Mojotron

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    Yes - I would draw the outside most circle that you want to contour, draw a few others indicating where you want to take off the deeper parts of the contour and then keeping the same angle you want to end up with, work with a rasp to take out a conical shape...

     
  4. Jack Wells

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    If you want a contoured heel you could do a lot better than trying to mimic the Warmoth heel. Get the Fender contoured heel neck plate and contour your heel to match it.

    ......[​IMG]
     
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    Jack, what is the hole in the top of the heel in your pic, not the micro adjustor, the one near the neck?
     
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    my guess... alternate strap button location
     
  7. Jack Wells

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    Correction ............ idiot strap button location. A previous owner also put two holes in the neck heel. Guess he just couldn't decide on the best place for the strap button.
     
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    I have a jig that I made to do this.

    I'll try to take a pic of the process when I get home.

    Note, the jig only takes you part of the way there; the rest is done with a microplane and sandpaper.
     
  9. John Lipfert

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    Thanks for the responses, everyone.

    How do you feel this is advantageous over the Warmoth design?

    Also, are 3 out of the 4 holes the same as a standard plate?
     
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    I just did this on my current build. Used a rasp and it took five minutes at the most.
     
  11. John Lipfert

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    Cool, which one? the Warmoth style or the Fender style pictured above? Also, got any pics?
     
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    i'd say the advantage of the fender design over the warmoth one is that there's no need for different size screws - less chance of screwing through the fretboard!
     
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    That's how I do it.
     
  14. Jack Wells

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    Coolness factor.
     
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    Im doing a pine tele with neck heel contour right now
     
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    Sorry the pic didnt properly upload the first time
     

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  17. RogerC

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    This is a 9 year old thread, and the OP hasn't been on the forum in over 6 years, so he probably won't see your response to his post ;)
     
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