Explorer build #3

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  1. failsafe

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    I started this build a couple months ago, but just not got around to starting a thread here on SSO. Same basic design of my last two builds, except this one has a custom made truss rod. Also, it’s going to be shell pink :ban:

    The trussrod is a rip off of the PRS two-way turnbuckle design. The reason I prefer this over a SM or LMII two way rod design is,
    A- less wood is removed
    B- less metal in the neck
    C- cheaper (once you factor in the cost of reverse thread tap/die


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    Joined the body halves and roughed out the shape with a bandsaw and spindle sander.

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    Routing body to final shape. I also routed the pickups and neck mortise.

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    I double stuck the neck blank to my neck tenon jig and routed out the tenon.

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    I used a chisel to angle the end of the body to match the neck angle.

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    Gluing on the fretboard.

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    Routing neck taper.

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    Shaping the back of the neck.

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    Sanding the fretboard before fretting.

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    Freshly installed and beveled frets.

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    Really looking forward to seeing this one completed. Great job in documenting this. Thanks for taking the time.
     
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    Thanks for the kind words.
     
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    If I hadn't seen your photos of glueing the two body halves I would have thought that it's a one piece body!
    Looking great so far and damn do some of you guys make this look so easy when it's obviously not!

    What woods are you using? Body seems like alder and the neck like mahogany but not 100% sure. Fretboard looks like ebony.
     
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    Shell pink and that fretboard... oh my! :drool:
     
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    Dumb questions... How did you learn to do each task (school, books, YouTube, trial and error, all of the above haha)

    do you have a list of all the tools you have/used? I’ll need a shop after seeing all your great builds lol

    looks like fun and rewarding in the end
     
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    Thank you.

    The body and neck are both Honduran mahogany, and the fretboard is Macassar ebony.
     
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    This will be my first foray into mixing my own colors. I hope it doesn’t end up looking like a Daisy Rock explorer.
     
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    I learned by watching loads of YouTube videos, as well as online forums such as this one, mylespaul, and TDPRI. My firs build took close to two years, on and off. I learned a great deal building that one. It turned out great though, and it’s my #1. Lots of trial and error too! I may or may not have gave up on the first neck and started over.

    As far as my tools, here’s what I use off the top of my head:
    Table saw- great for cutting headstock angles and making jigs
    Band saw
    Router
    SHARP Chisels. Dull ones are dangerous.
    A hand plane for trying up fretboard and headstock surfaces, if needed
    Oscillating spindle sander
    Fret saw
    Radius beam
    Heavy duty clamps
    Quality straightedge to check your work
    Quality square for the same reason

    Im sure I’m forgetting something. If you watch enough videos and read enough threads, you will start to pick up on what is needed to get the job done.
     
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    First color coat of my home brew shell pink D725EB94-163E-43A4-989D-45643ECF0FEC.jpeg
     
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    Oh hell yes. Can't wait to see it finished.
     

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