A friend asked me to build a custom guitar he has been sketching since he was a kid. It is really a simple mashup that I am surprised I had not seen before. (This is where some smart ace shows me rare examples in production since 1962….) Ok now that we are past that, he has sketched this ax since he was a young boy and long before the internet was conceived, so I accept it as an original idea. It is Flying V top with an Explorer bottom and a hard BC Rich like point joining them in the back. It will have an Explorer type neck and electronics treatment. It has grown on me to the point that I am starting to hope he hates it and I get to keep it. I didn’t plan on another build thread but I didn’t want to ask a bunch of questions out of context. I have some concerns about the neck. I have made lots of guitars but this is my first set neck, first Gibson scale and only my second angled headstock. First concern is Gibson is a 24 3/4 (12 3/8 @ 12th) scale and that’s what the template is. However the true measurements for Gibson vary by year and factory. Before 1959 it was 24 9/16, in the 60s it was 24 5/8, then from 69 on it has been 24 9/16. So I am going with the StewMac recommended pre-slotted 24.9/16 (12 9/32 @ 12th). I had major intonation issues with my last non-fender scale build. Should I reprint all of my templates a fraction of a percent smaller or can I safely compensate for the difference with bridge placement? Second concern in the Hotrod Truss Rod. I like these a lot for two piece necks but I am worried about the end being exposed like this at the nut. With the traditional rod there is wood filler at the nut that the rod presses on. In this case the brass ends will simply press against the fretboard. At heal I am comfortable with the glue joint. At the nut I am not so sure.