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Unread 01-16-2012, 06:18 AM   #151
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Wow, I never thought of it that way. That's cool. Although, leave it to the crazies on SSO - we need both fanned frets AND Garry's strings to get to the extremes we seek!
So true!!! We do push the envelope.
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Unread 01-16-2012, 09:55 AM   #152
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Neck week!!

So this is neck week!! Today I will build a sliding jig for my table saw to cut the headstock angles. I'll be sure to take lot's of pics of that.

Today I'm also spending lots of time reviewing my notes and organizing the wood so it all ends up in the right guitars. As of this week I am officially working on 13 different guitars for 3 different companies including my own so organization is the key to success.

Top that off with myself and everyone else in my household being sick including my niece and nephew whom we watch on a daily basis and you have a recipe for an awesome couple of weeks!! I'm going to try very hard not to sneeze on anyone's guitar, I promise. That would be a disgusting take on the Steve Vai DNA Jem finish. Just saying.

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Unread 01-16-2012, 10:34 AM   #153
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Best of luck, post many pics, and get better!

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Thanks, I'm going to shop in a minute or two. I always feel better when I make sawdust!!

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Headstocks cut and gluing up

Hi everyone,

I cut and glued up the headstocks today. Here's some pics of that process.

My trusty Ridgid contractor saw. It's not a cabinet saw but it works.


The blade is adjusted all the way up which as you can see will be a very close cut.


Here is the sliding 13degree angle jig that I use for cutting headstocks.


A whole bunch of Indian Rosewood necks being glued up on the table. Six for this build and one blank for a custom 7 string neck for a talented hobby builder in Europe.
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More Pics!!!

Here are the latest pics of necks in progress.

The neck blanks, ready to have their headstock faces sanded on my little skil belt/disc sander.


The postman dropped off a box for us today!


What's inside? HARDWARE!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pencil marking don't show up on dark wood very well so I use a light colored masking tape to remedy this problem.


Here is the whole stack of necks, all marked up and ready to start cutting.
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Very cool, looks great!
If I didnīt have a girlfriend I would have been a part of this
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My offset version of the single cut in a 6 string configuration


Same body

I really, really dig that. It would look friggin' rad on a fanned 8.



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I really, really dig that. It would look friggin' rad on a fanned 8.
My next OAF build, in other words.

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My next OAF build, in other words.

And potentially my first.

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I cut and glued up the headstocks today. Here's some pics of that process.

My trusty Ridgid contractor saw. It's not a cabinet saw but it works.


The blade is adjusted all the way up which as you can see will be a very close cut.


Here is the sliding 13degree angle jig that I use for cutting headstocks.


A whole bunch of Indian Rosewood necks being glued up on the table. Six for this build and one blank for a custom 7 string neck for a talented hobby builder in Europe.
Thanks so much for that complimentThose headstocks are so damn tasty, can't wait to see what mine will look like with that flame maple fretboard.
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No problem Jae, you should post a pic of the 8 string you showed me. That thing thing looks great.

I do sleep, I'm just up at 6AM every morning.

I'll load some pics of the 1:1 drawing of the offset multiscale 8 and 9 that I'm currently designing in a few minutes. Must drink more coffee first.......

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Here are those offset multiscales. These will eventually be regular models. I plan on offering multiscale 8 and 9's in my double cut, single cut and offset single cut configurations. These are both designs for members here at ss.org. The 8 is going to be semi hollow which I'm pretty excited about.





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9 string- 32"-28.625"
8 string- 27"-24.75"
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The strat is there for visual reference. The guitar are quite compact. The 8 string is shorter overall than the strat and the 9 is only a tiny bit longer.

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No problem Jae, you should post a pic of the 8 string you showed me. That thing thing looks great.

I do sleep, I'm just up at 6AM every morning.

I'll load some pics of the 1:1 drawing of the offset multiscale 8 and 9 that I'm currently designing in a few minutes. Must drink more coffee first.......
Aye, I had a while ago when I was building it (luthiery sub forum) and when it was finished as a NGD in the extended range sub-forum. Sadly, right now it's in the ''FS'' section but I hope to just sell my 6 string so that I can keep my 8 No one seems to want my 6 though haha.

Those designs looks tasty!
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Aye, I had a while ago when I was building it (luthiery sub forum) and when it was finished as a NGD in the extended range sub-forum. Sadly, right now it's in the ''FS'' section but I hope to just sell my 6 string so that I can keep my 8 No one seems to want my 6 though haha.

No doubt. I sell guitars on ebay and craigslist somewhat frequently for a friend of mine and it can be really hit or miss. Right now I have Dillion USA (made in Korea) semi hollow for sale and the best I've been offered is a partial trade for a Classic Vibe 60's strat.

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Oh man, that makes me wish I asked for my 9 to be semi hollow!

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Not as much progressed over the weekend as I had planned. I didn't touch the guitars at all yesterday and that was a good thing, it was one of those days where literally nothing goes right. Let's just say that I spent the better part of the day outside with my #$%^$# snowblower that works when it wants to and got frostbite while trying to clear my driveway. The frostbite is only first degree so no big, just stings a bit. I hate my snowblower. That's what I get for meticulously maintaining that thing. I haven't changed the oil, spark plug, filter or sharpened the blades on my lawn mower in 6 years and that thing works perfectly!!!

Oh well, back to work today. I'll get on with the necks this morning and try to get some pics up this evening.

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Not as much progressed over the weekend as I had planned. I didn't touch the guitars at all yesterday and that was a good thing, it was one of those days where literally nothing goes right. Let's just say that I spent the better part of the day outside with my #$%^$# snowblower that works when it wants to and got frostbite while trying to clear my driveway. The frostbite is only first degree so no big, just stings a bit. I hate my snowblower. That's what I get for meticulously maintaining that thing. I haven't changed the oil, spark plug, filter or sharpened the blades on my lawn mower in 6 years and that thing works perfectly!!!

Oh well, back to work today. I'll get on with the necks this morning and try to get some pics up this evening.
Ouch! And here I thought my shaving cut today was a sign of bad luck.
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Here's some pics I took a few minutes ago. As you can see the necks are coming along pretty well. Two necks are still having the overlays attached so those aren't pictured.


The body in this pic is a half poplar, half maple thing I laminated up over a year ago. I'll be using that for the O.A.F. guitar that is in this batch. I've done a six string with this type of body and I think it sounds really great. The body is also only 1.5" thick which makes it extremely light weight as well. This particular body will be getting some interesting sculpting done to it before it's all said and done.


Another angle of the same thing


Here is a shot of my 2" x 2" template bit. It weighs half a pound. It works wonders with cutting the Rosewood.


I spoke with the mill again regarding the body blanks and I've been assured that they are "on their way" and I hope to get them by next Monday.
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Haha. There is a bit of hurry up and wait, but I would have to say that so far, Tom does quick, clean work.

I am digging it and I can't wait to see some boards. I think the process is as interesting as the final product (that is until it arrives, then it wins).
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There is definitely a lot of "hurry up and wait" during a build. Some of the slower periods gives me time to update this thread and look at some other things that I've got going on. Believe it or not I've also got 8 other guitars in the works right now as well.

I always feel a sense of urgency to complete a project. I try to work as quickly and safely as possible and it is always a challenge for me to slow down and take my time in the shop. I've found that as long as the build progresses on a daily basis the whole thing comes together pretty quickly.

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