Neil's Brotherhood Build 2020: Stringray Tele

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  1. RiversQC

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    I also got my neck assembled. I rough cut the fretboard, sanded everything almost to the line, then mounted the neck onto a template for routing.

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    It worked really well, but of course I get nervous about blowout when going around edges and the possibility of tipping off 90 degrees. I also worked on my canary wood neck and got a touch of blowout, which was luckily small enough to sand out.

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    Speaking of, it's got some really nice grain and character I cant help but share!

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    All ready to go, so drilled 10mm holes, put some caulking to hold the truss rod from rattling, and glued it up. I used the "indexing nail" method to keep the fretboard located in place (hopefully the indents are visible in picture 3 here):

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    Pardon the mess but we have a volunteer mask making operation going on, and kids' clay, and...
     
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    The control plate issue is pinging around my brain.... I have been thinking of using a tele control plate since, you know, I have a few on hand and it goes with a tele neck. But I've been thinking about the Stingray version to balance out the pickguard. Mind you, I cant find one for sale and paying a shop to make one seems prohibitively expensive for this build....

    If you were to make one with common tools, say out of aluminum, would you use a hacksaw to cut to shape then just file it? Dremel? I'm looking at a weird shape here, so getting a good piece of metal stock and degree of difficulty have me wondering....
     
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    Meantime I have made some progress:

    I planed down the headstock thickness to size. I really need to make some jigs for these steps but I'm still kind of figuring out what works for me. Some bizarre clamping goin' on (including some flying v wings for stability & style):

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    That has got me up to the point of having my neck ready to carve. I also re-planed the body blank perfectly flat, cut it out, routed to shape, made a neck pocket, and did the roundover:

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    Culminating in something starting to look a lot like a guitar :cool:

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    RE, the control plate, you could also explore pocketing the back side and just installing the pot and switch through the body without a control plate visible.
     
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    Almost exactly like a guitar! ;)
     
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    Hare-brained ideas I'd wondered about for control plate also included contrast plastic, an option of painting plastic with metallic paint, or mirror-filmed clear acrylic. Disclaimer: I've not tried any!

    I dont know enough to suggest whether other common sheet materials will polish up well enough for what will doubtless be a handsome guitar.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion, Jim. I may yet do this. I think i would definitely go this way if doing a natural finish. I might do away with the pickguard altogether if I wasnt painting this.

    All good ideas, thanks! I don't see any good sized metal sheets locally, so was wondering about sticking a thinner aluminum sheet on top of something else. Or maybe a clear plastic with metallic paint underneath? Hmm.

    I only had a short time today but sketched out some approximations of the Stingray's contours and carved those. It's a breeze with basswood.

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    A fairly large (something like 6" x 16") sheet of brass (pre-laquered!) can be found in Home Depot's door hardware section - it's sold as a door kick plate. There are other smaller sizes too.
     
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    Looks like nice work!!!
     
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    Use something like a jeweler's saw with a blade designed for metal. If you have a scroll saw that can work too. A piece of aluminum will work too.
     
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    I'm going to keep my eyes open for some good sized aluminum. Thanks for the tips.

    Strictly in the name of science and with what I had on hand, I cut out some acrylic and tested some metallic spray paint. Here are the quick results for anyone curious.

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    So apart from the custom hardware, a challenge of duplicating the Stingray is that EBMM uses a 22 fret neck with no overhang. That pushes the geometry of the neck and bridge forward. You can see that using a Fender-standard neck and a regular bridge doesn't work with a trace of their pickguard. Big gap and weird pickup placement:

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    My original thought was to go with a tele'fied design and I think that's going to work pretty well:

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    I did a first carve of the neck today using the facet method. I'll come back to it tomorrow with fresh eyes, but it's feeling pretty good! Nothing you haven't seen before but it's the third one I've (ever) carved and it's super satisfying to turn a square piece of wood into something. Mind you, I wish the maple was as easy to carve as the basswood!

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    I’m due to do my second neck carve soon. Although my first one came out quite good, it’s still scaring the pants off me! :p
     
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    Today I routed a few of the pockets and drilled the string-through holes.

    I have a decent sized drill press but on this body shape I could only reach the first two holes, both on the treble side.

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    Luckily that's enough to register the hole placement on the back side:

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    I guess the basswood is soft enough, without pockets of hard/soft grain, that I didnt get any 'drift' in drilling straight through. So I marked my spots, and with some trepidation did the other holes by hand. I had a guide thing that helped, but got them all perfectly - whew!

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    Apart from that got the humbucker and control routes done.

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    Probably the most time spent today was preparing a template for my pickguard. I'll do the reveal on that once I get the guard cut out ;)
     
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    Nice clear basswood is a pleasure to work with. That's coming along very nicely!
     
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    That looks great! It is beginning to give me ideas on some builds :D
     
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    Thanks, Jim! Yeah, this is my first build with basswood and I really like it. The ease of working it, both in terms of carving and wear on tools, is great. I guess we'll see in terms of durability but I'm not usually too fussed about the odd ding. I've had a few guitars made out of basswood -- back in my band playing days I used an Ibanez RG570 (for some reason, even though I'm not a shredder, lol).

    Even though basswood is relatively cheap, I've been thinking the cost of painting a basswood/poplar/etc body probably makes it equivalent to something that gets the natural treatment. But I like it on its own merits so far - we'll see how it sounds soon, I hope. :)

    Oh yeah, and so far the body is a very reasonable 4lb 12oz.
     
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    The Basswood can work very nicely for a capped body, both relieved and solid, so you can use something "stupendous, but heavy" for the cap while keeping the body weight so you don't need to be The Hulk to be able to lift it. At about $6 a board foot for 8/4, it's not horribly priced, too, compared to the expensive stuff that's typically used for caps.
     
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    That looks so nice and creamy at the moment. :D
     
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