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Jacaranda's Former 2015 Challenge Build - Spalted 3S GSM

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by Jacaranda, Jun 11, 2015.

  1. Wahoo

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    Love that ebony line between the top and back, really makes it pop.
     
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    Beautiful top, back, and middle!
     
  3. Jacaranda

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    Thanks folks
     
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    So not a whole lot over the weekend as I was away, but got some work done today.

    So I cut off some of the fat and getting ready to route the truss channel:


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    Unless I want a giant baseball bat, it's time to cut off the rest of the fat and get this neck into shape:

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    Now that it's all roughed out and and ready to shape up the headstock.
    I'm really happy with the shape - I basically freehanded it on paper first and then roughly transferred to the neck, then after the rough cut, I sanded it to shape - no template was used, although I will trace this headstock to use the same shape for future builds:

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    Then use an old fretboard template to get the neck outline:

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    And here is the final outline:

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    Glued the fretborad on and tomorrow I will start doing the final shaping of the neck

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    Love the shape and lines of the headstock there.
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Neck carving day, which I beleive is one of the more rewarding parts of building. It doesn't take too long and ya get to shape it anyway ya want it.



    First up is making the bottom of the heel even and flat since I just rough cut it out on the bandsaw. I measured very caredfully and then used the belt sander to make it just right. Any little bit off and it would make an angle that I would not be prepared for:

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    Next is a very sloppy rough marking of where to carve and then I get more specific:

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  9. Jacaranda

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    After about 30-40 minutes of carving I got to this:

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    Speant a little bit more time and got it looking pretty much as I had hoped, then layed it out on the body just to see the color combo. Since I'm using a few different woods I wanted to make sure It isn't too busy. I think it's a good mix.

    Lots more sanding to do but I think I'm done for the day and tomorrow is for offshore fishing, so hopefully some more updates around the weekend:

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    Looking super cool, love that neck!
     
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    That looks fantastic!
     
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    Very handsome work. Did you do the bulk of that with the shinto rasp I see in one of the photos?
     
  13. Jacaranda

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    Thanks eh
     
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    Yes I used the shinto/saw rasp to take the bulk out. Then a coarse rasp, then a fine rasp. A little work with the scraper on some uneven points and then sand paper. There are still some sand paper scratches but I haven't started the final sand yet.



    Thinking Tru oil for the neck. Cherry stain for the back. The high gloss poly U for the body and kinda dull with the oiled neck. Whatcha think?
     
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    I've got to say I went into this build with no prep other than knowing the wood and pickups and all the rest is such improve.....I hope all appreciates that. I hand sketched the body and headstock and really am winging this one as I go along. I haven't had much time to look at the other builds.

    I'm listening to YES on HOWARD STERN right now from '96. they are playing a repeat in honor of Mr Squire,


    I will take this hour of Stern to look through the other builds and hopefully comment on each - I'm sure most are better than mine, and hopefully get some good ideas
     
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    good grief that neck looks great!
     
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    Looks great, man. I like the dark veneer boundary line on
    the body, the headstock shape ("first thought, best thought"),
    and the job you did with the neck carve. Wish I could do that
    as fast (and well) as you can.
     
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    Thanks eh - My first Volute!


    I Totally winged it on the veneer with the build- just thought it would work- and I think it did so thamks.

    And YOU CAN do the same kinda carve if you try. It is faster after a few, and the Shinto rasp makes it quicker (especially with walnut), but there is not a thing I do here that anyone else could not do.
     
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    thanks eh
     
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