MikeNeal's Consolidated Build Thread/Works In Progress

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  1. KR250

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    Shame you had to salvage the previous builds, but new ones are looking good. BTW have you tried the eBay truss rods? They are considerably thinner than the StewMac ones so you can have a shallower route. I converted over on my last 2, I think the difference is about 3mm.

    Your glue joints look perfect.
     
  2. MikeNeal

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    thanks man. i'll check out those rods.

    some updates. builds 6,7, and 8 are out being wired.

    glued the fretboard to build 9 and radiused the fretboard, and mounted the body to the neck
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  3. MikeNeal

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    in the next couple of months, i'm going to be switching to cnc. not sure to what extent i'm going to use the cnc. but before i can do anything i have to teach myself fusion. I'm well versed in google sketchup - but it's like a childs toy compared to fusion.

    so the first step was building an accurate model of my 6 string in sketchup (thats where all my files were).
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    then after a whole bunch of lines, spline tool, extruding and using the form tool, i got this so far.
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    still have to do the whole back side contours, but feeling pretty good about this so far.
     
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    Looks good! Question on your templates, did you have to widen the template design going from 6 to 8 string?
     
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    Yes. The 7 string template is wider then the 6 and so on.

    The 8 string is different all together because it has a longer scale
     
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    updates.

    did the radius and fretting for build 9 and 10

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    also getting closer to having all the modeling done for the 6 string.

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    That is some beautiful work. You are going to make some unbelievable stuff when you pick up a cnc router.
     
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    Great fretboard again!!
     
  9. MikeNeal

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    #7 is totally finished. Going to be calling it Prototype 1 since it's the first guitar i've actually completed 100%

    SPECS:
    Strings: 7
    Scale: 25.5
    Body: Butternut with distressed black finish
    Neck: Katalox/Ash with Katalox headstock
    Fretboard: Pau Ferro
    Pickups: Bareknuckle Aftermaths

    Wiring was done by a local guy. not me - I suck at wiring.

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    all in all, it plays great. the neck is comfortable and the intonation is perfect. the fret ends aren't sharp, and no dead notes with low action.

    My only issues with this one:
    - I'm not a huge fan of the body, the wood is way to light and soft. it dents and scratches very easily.
    - I had one tuner break, and i'm not going to put an order through for a single tuner. I'll have to wait until i put in a bigger order to fix that.
     
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    Sssoooo mike when are you going to start selling?! Would you ever be up to doing a custom some day?
     
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    Basically. Once i go cnc for consistency. And get the designs nailed down, and the finishing stages perfected then I'll probabaly start selling
     
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    What method have you been using to install fretwire?
     
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    I just hammer them in. Then I put thin super glue in the ends.
     
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    Cool, just wondering. That's similar to what I've been doing too. I always like to gather information about different methods though.
     
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    #8 is finished. now known as prototype 2.

    SPECS:
    Strings: 6
    Scale: 25.5
    Body: Ash with Zebrawood top
    Neck: Katalox/Ash with Ash/Zebrawood headstock
    Fretboard: Katalox with EVO gold fretwire
    Pickups: Dimarzio Dominons

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    some remarks:

    - my buddy wanted a more classic neck profile. so its a pretty chunky 22mm C shape at the first fret and moves to a 24mm D shape at the heel. it sounds thick, but its really comfortable.
    - the Dimarzio Dominions sound great. Really surprised by how versatile they are.
    - nailed the set up on this one. it's just about as perfect as perfect gets.
     
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    Zebra one rocks :shred:
    Inspired, Might go & plane my zebrano bm ripoff today lol
     
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    did the string through holes, side dots, and thinned the headstocks.

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    some of the side dots came out a little off-center. i think i need to make a drilling template to get them straight from now on.
     
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    It's amazing how hard it can be to make perfect dots, lol. I hear ya. I clamped down a vertical piece of wood on my drill press to run the neck against when doing those as a jig, but still so easy to get just a bit off.

    Question on your bridge routing, are you doing that to allow the fret board to sit completely flush with the top of the body? Is that the .125 Hipshot bridge?
     
  19. MikeNeal

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    Actually, I do it to make bridge placement idiot proof. I dont have to measure or anything. I just throw the base on and drill my holes.

    It's the .125 bridge. My neck pocket is .75" inches deep. And my necks are .78" thick
     
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    All your images just died...
     

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