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I've been working on the neck for the past few days. I glued it up yesterday and today I did all the fret work and got the headstock to thickness. I might wait to drill for the tuners until I actually have the tuners on hand. Next up is the neck pocket and then I can get going on the body routes and drilling for the bridge.

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@gunch 1.5mm is already superlow. I never go down that far due to lack of sustain. Even if it doesn't buzz, low string action is always a tradeoff.
 

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I disassembled my Jackson concept JRR-94 yesterday. Will try to fabricate a new pickguard, string plate and pickup hole cover for the neck pickup at work. But additionally I need a fret crowning, a new nut and new bridge saddles.

For the bridge I am hitting a dead end of sorts. The guitar has an unmarked TOM style bridge with string-through, and large holes with flathead slots on top. I need to either replace just the saddles, or the entire bridge, but from what I gather I cannot get a TOM bridge with the correct radius for 12"-16" compound fretboard, which would be about 17-18".

What have people here done? Gotten a 12" radius TOM and filed the middle saddles, or?
 

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I received an AliExpress neck for my next Partscaster build yesterday. For ~70 Euros (incl. shipment), it's a steal. Flatsawn roasted maple with nice even grain, two-way trussrod, solid workmanship, awesome fret ends. It'll need a little levelling as the frets have just been pressed in and rounded, but it's only got a handful of very minor low/high spots. Can highly recommend this to anyone looking for a Strat replacement neck.







 

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It always feels scary to use the fret mill (maybe because I have broken 3 of them previously...)

Just 3! i broke a whole box of 10 trying to cut my last wenge FB slots the other week...even at 30mm per min it was still breaking bits....freaking hate wenge (though i love the look and feel of it!)
 

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Got all the body routes done. Still need to drill for the toggle switch. Also got the tuners installed, bridge drilled, and the ferrule holes drilled. Working on tidying up the neck a bit, filling the fret ends with ebony dust, and doing a bunch of sanding.

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I started ordering parts and wood for my next build. This will be another star shaped guitar, but this time black limba with a flame maple/ziricote neck. I already have the flame maple and ziricote, and I ordered the body blank yesterday. I have a set of 7 string Black Winters and a 7 string Hipshot bridge on the way as well. Here’s the fretboard.
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So last year i swapped out my noisy ass router for a water cool spindle, but due to some health issues keeping me away from building i've never run it for more that 10 mins at a time and only done some small test cuts or make some random templates with it,...
so today i decide it was time to getsomefuckingworkdone & start to cut some stuff i've had CAD'ed and layout sitting in folders for over a year now ;) this one was inspired by our own dmlinger 's pepperfox TL Builds

Trem route is for a wilko VS50 II, ive picked a few guitars up with this unit in over the last year or so but non of them are routed so you can't get them low enough and once you get them near the body the plate binds....

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Very close to the back edge (it's inside with about 3mm to spare!) Spindel performed flawlessly and now i only have to put up with the sound of the cutter in wood, i could get away with out ear protection but i stuck my ANC phone on for the duration.
backside tomorrow that is if my brain behaves & i'll try and make a thread for this build at some point....
 

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So last year i swapped out my noisy ass router for a water cool spindle, but due to some health issues keeping me away from building i've never run it for more that 10 mins at a time and only done some small test cuts or make some random templates with it,...
so today i decide it was time to getsomefuckingworkdone & start to cut some stuff i've had CAD'ed and layout sitting in folders for over a year now ;) this one was inspired by our own dmlinger 's pepperfox TL Builds

Trem route is for a wilko VS50 II, ive picked a few guitars up with this unit in over the last year or so but non of them are routed so you can't get them low enough and once you get them near the body the plate binds....

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Very close to the back edge (it's inside with about 3mm to spare!) Spindel performed flawlessly and now i only have to put up with the sound of the cutter in wood, i could get away with out ear protection but i stuck my ANC phone on for the duration.
backside tomorrow that is if my brain behaves & i'll try and make a thread for this build at some point....
My man! Digging this. HS. Offset rear end. Trem. Yes!
 

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My man! Digging this. HS. Offset rear end. Trem. Yes!

Thx bud, As i say your builds were the kick in the ass i needed to get back at it :) i'll get around to making a build thread for this next week.....but a bit of an update now its free from the blank..dam that edge was close (like 2mm close!)

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Seems i have to also build a neck for it now.....i do have an eart neck that i was planing on using on this one but a strat body came up dirt cheap for it so...as i have a shed load of "really" mahogony neck blanks i'll be using some of that...im trying to decided which Fret board i have on my pile to use.. atm i have a Ovangkol, falmed maple,indian ebony or richlite (i could also cut a wenge board but i love/hate that stuff)....leaning to the flamed maple and thinking of painting the top seafoam green with a natural back and exposed arm bevel.humm

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More pictures of my build, milling a radius to glue the top to and chambers for the "semi-hollow" body. Probably not the first one to do it but I got the idea that it would be cool to engrave the bottom of the chamber so when you look through the soundholes there will be a geometric pattern on the inside.

Finished off with some oil (looks much darker on the pictures) and next step is to get the top glued on to the body and route some more.

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More pictures of my build, milling a radius to glue the top to and chambers for the "semi-hollow" body. Probably not the first one to do it but I got the idea that it would be cool to engrave the bottom of the chamber so when you look through the soundholes there will be a geometric pattern on the inside.

Finished off with some oil (looks much darker on the pictures) and next step is to get the top glued on to the body and route some more.

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That looks great! I should probably use my CNC to its full potential one of these days
 

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First time working with Transtine dye. Had some mishaps and ended up scrapping the faux binding idea. Pretty happy with how it's looking so far. Going to sand back the neck one more time and then do one more coat of dye. I also need to do one more coat of Zpoxy on the back of the body. Once I get that all squared away I can start shooting lacquer.
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While the lacquer is curing I'm going to start on the 7 string Random Star build. I picked up a cheap set of Black Winters for it, got another Hipshot bridge, and Hipshot open gear Grip Locks for it already.
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While the lacquer is curing I'm going to start on the 7 string Random Star build. I picked up a cheap set of Black Winters for it, got another Hipshot bridge, and Hipshot open gear Grip Locks for it already.
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Aw yiss!
Also, that outline looks suspiciously like an explorer. Is that what you are basing the star on?
 

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Aw yiss!
Also, that outline looks suspiciously like an explorer. Is that what you are basing the star on?
That was actually the shape drawn on the body blank to show how big it was, but the last one I did use Explorer plans for the shape. I might trace the last one I made and then do some tweaks, or I could use the Explorer plans again and tweak from that. I've never made a 7 string before, so I have to do some math to figure out the neck and the neck pocket. I have the nut width, scale length, and bridge all figured out, so I need to draw it out to scale I think.
 


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