my first build: Rick 330-6

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  1. Dimitree

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    thank you for the comments!
    the heel is not cutted yet, I'll shape it while shaping the neck back.
    Do you mind sharing some measurements so that I can check them against mine?
    about the body thickness, I went with 7mm back and 31mm body
     
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    38mm is about the same thickness as my Ricky 330 & 360/12.

    My DIY 1993/12 is 37mm, my only excuse is that I cut the body & back panel apart from the same Sapele piece using a hand saw which took two hours. :eek:. Then I had to hand plane it all smooth. :cool:
     
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    so after awhile (spent the last months building jigs and getting new tools), I made some progress.
    so this the last things that I've done:

    finished (almost) to shape the ramp on the front

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    I designed the tailpiece and its bracket (actually two pairs, for 12 strings too, for my next build) and had them laser cutted on 1.5mm stainless steel

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    I ordered a Padauk fretboard blank, so I made an acrylic laser cutted template for the fret cuts, and a miter box

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    I checked the resulting scale with an existing fretboard I had, and its perfect.
    Then with Fimo I made some 5mm white dots, and glued into the fretboard

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    I also built a radius jig for my router, so next step will be radiusing the fretboard. :)
     
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    Slotting the fretboard & making your own tailpieces, on a first build, that's totally impressive! Well done! :)
     
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    That there is the shizzle, my friend... That looks super legit. Did you get the tailpiece off ebay, or something?
     
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    Indeed, very impressive.
     
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    That fretboard is looking great, well done
     
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    Thank you everyone!! :)
    I hope I won’t ruin it with the next (and difficult) steps
     
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    Looking good so far. If you have any questions, feel free to PM me. I just finished this one. IMG_0015.jpeg
     
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    Damn. That's a BEAUTY!!!
     
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    looks great! congratulation, I will ask infos for sure

    this week I ruined my fretboard.
    Since the radius jig that I built for the router is far from perfect, the router bit went far too deep on the first fret, and left a big mark too difficult to sand.
    Luckly I had another Padauk blank, so I started all over again.
    This time it came up much better than the first one, except for two minor defects: the nut/1st fret distance is a hair too short (easy to fix), and a large router mark that I need to sand down with a radius block

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    in the meanwhile, I also get my plastics done (2 pieces pickguard and truss rod cover).
    I didn't know what to write on the truss rod cover, so I just used my own name :lol: sorry about that.

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    I would try to re-radius that fret board, not for this project, but for another one down the line. If it's a 9.5, try going to 12. I like the TR cover. I put my name on mine using a waterslide decal and sealed it in with the acrylic clear.

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    Which radius jig did you use? Please post a pic. This type keeps keeps the router perpendicular to the rails along the length. The type with just 2 arcs across two pipes does not. The two pipe 2 arc one is easier to make, but allows the carriage to rack. I vote for the one pictured :).

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    more or less like this, it stays perpendicular but is not 100% precise so maybe it rocked a bit. But nevermind, it's less than 1mm so I will sand the whole fretboard with a radius block
     
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    That boo-boo looks like an...crazy inlay opportunity...to me. :) But yea, perhaps re-radiusing to something else or just taking it down further will take out the dip. If the fretboard gets a hair thinner, you can take the slots a little deeper and deal with that in setup
     
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    Ricky 300 series have 10" radius necks, so just buy one of those ebay / aliexpress MIK / MIC immitation bridges & upgrade the intonation adjustment / height screw bolts to stainless steel & fit / slot new alluminium saddles, then you can choose whatever radius you like. :D

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    So the fretboard is finished, and well radiused to 10".
    I glued the fretboard and I started carving the neck,
    so far so good, except that if I knock on the neck, I hear the truss rod vibrating, not only on its neutral position, but even when the rod is under tension (on both ways).
    It's a hot rot dual action truss rod.
    I don't know why is vibrating, since I used silicone under both brass ends as Stewmac suggests, and the channel was really tight, it was really firm (both horizontally and vertically) before I glued the fretboard.
    Do you think it will be an issue? and can I fix that?

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    Maybe it's the truss rod nut against the wood or glue drippings? I'd put the neck in a vise and tension/compress it a little and see if it still rattles.
     
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    I followed the same instructions as you, but if I knocked the neck when carving / sanding I heard vibrations. Once I had the neck glued to body & strings fitted, I didn't notice anything since. I've played my build a lot, fitted all the parts including pups & not heard any truss rod rattling, acoustically or through an amplifier.

    I've still got to remove the parts & finish it properly but it's winter so will have to wait until summer now. :confused:
     
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    Hi Dimitri, some great progress there, looking really good. Also great to have an Italian build going on. My wife is Italian so we are moving there in March. Where are you from?
     
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