My Last Build? - Alder Neo

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  1. John Nicholas

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    Yes, there is a very good chance that this will be my very last guitar build. Certainly it would be better if I could continue on building, but it seems that life always throws you a curve ball when you least expect it.

    To make a long story brief and not bum anyone out, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Prostate Cancer in July. My second Chemotherapy treatment was last Friday. I have 4 more rounds to go before they can test and see where we are, then determine what protocols to follow going forward.

    Lots of funny things run through your mind when faced with life challenges. One thought was I had to at least finish up a few guitar projects that were nearly 90% finished. As I was finishing up some of these projects, I noticed there were a few unfinished guitars lying around in the shop.

    One that I truly wanted to finish was a guitar of my own design called the Neo. I had a beautiful Alder body blank all cut out and a neck, with a slotted Richlite fretboard mostly ready. So this seemed like a good choice to finish.

    There are some other projects that I may list in the classifieds at some point. Although I’m not sure anyone would want to finish up someone else’s unfinished guitar.

    I have built two previous versions of the Neo and they both have threads here in the Home Depot. Unlike those two previous builds, this one is not complete before I’ve begun this thread.

    This is the link to the second build;

    https://www.tdpri.com/threads/the-neo-finally-got-to-build-a-real-one.919038/

    One area I thought my design could use some improvement was in the width of the lower bout of the body. So I added a 1/2 inch to the lower bout.

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    The above is what was completed before restarting this project. There was quite a bit of dust on all of this stuff, and as you can see the headstock had a bit of a nick in it.

    So to review, the body blank, neck blank and the slotted fretboard blank were all prepped to the state you see above.

    Onto the next steps.
     
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    Since the body is Alder, I wanted the headstock to at least partially "match" the body, so for the first time I glued on a veneer. This also hid the dark Walnut stripe on the headstock.

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    Quite a bit of material was also removed from the back of the headstock to fit the Chrome Gotoh tuners.

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    I was able to sand and fill the nick in the headstock. But this little boo boo will be hidden behind the tuners so it should look just fine.

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    The veneer was trimmed and the Richlite fretboard was epoxied onto the maple neck. The fret marker positions were measured and then drilled.

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    And then MOP fret marker dots were epoxied into place.

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    While the router table was still set up to trim the edges of the fretboard, I made a back cover out of black pickguard material.

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    Then it was onto routing the neck pocket, pickup cavities, electronics compartment and drilled for the Volume, Tone and Three Way Switch.

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    This was as far as I could go. This work was very taxing on my body and I'm exhausted.

    Since it was the weekend and I was feeling pretty good, I did push further than I may had otherwise. But moving forward I will be taking much "smaller" bites and doing a little work here and there.

    This will take a while!
     
  3. Blue Bill

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    John, the guitar already looks awesome. I love the neck stripe, and the Richlite fretboard. Nice job on the veneer. I'm so sorry to hear you are going through such a stressful physical challenge! I'm sending prayers and wishes for a speedy and complete recovery.
     
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    Thank you so much Bill!!
     
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    Great looking guitar...

    Prayer and mojo sent your way. You can beat this!
     
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    Can't wait to see more pics and I'm hoping for many more builds in the future as well! Sorry to hear about what you're going through.
     
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    John you are going to make it!!!! Hang in there!
     
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    Hang in there, John! I’m joining Bill and Fiesta Red in sending up prayers for you!
     
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    bummer man... I feel for you :(

    I like the guitar so far.

    For some reason your workbench caught my eye, it looks like a pretty great one, did you build it?
     
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    Keep researching different kinds of protocols for helping you. there must be a way. keep fighting. Prayers. dont give up. You got this.
     
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    Wow! Hang in there John. Thoughts and prayers here too!

    Cool looking guitar!
     
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    Looking good so far John, and hang in there man, I’m hoping you can beat this! Looking forward to more on this and future work from you!
     
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    This guitar looks awesome, and I will be sending prayers and good thoughts your direction as well!
     
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    Keep positive! Keep doing what you love. It will all turn out right in the end.
    Praying for you brother........
     
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    You will make it John and you will build many other guitars after this one,hang in there!
     
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    Positive thoughts directed your way John!
     
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    John, that's a great design, and it's coming along nicely. Positive thoughts and prayers sent your way. You can beat this.
     
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    Guitar looks great. My thoughts and prayers are with you John. You can beat this!
     
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    Really appreciate that Fiesta Red!

    Hopefully more photos will follow.

    I just keep putting one foot in front of the other. I really appreciate all your support and concern!

    I'm hanging on Roger!!
     
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    Prayers and blessings to you ;)

    Dave
     
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