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  • #46

    Re: Acoustic guitar build (first attempt)

    I glued the neck blank together. The scarf joint was the most difficult part but even that wasn't hard as i had thought it might be.

    Next will need to dimension the neck to final length, make the tenon and start carving the neck to shape.

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    • #47

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      The progress has been a bit slow due to working a lot. This part is pretty daunting and complicated so for that reason, it is taking a bit longer.

      I cut the dado for the truss rod, also cut the heal to the angle I need (hopefuly correct )

      also rought cut the fingerboard and the bridge which i forgot to photograph.

      next up is joining the neck to the body.

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      • #48

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        Man, that is a lot of work.
        And this is only one part of what you've done.
        I'm impressed.

        Noel
        Noel

        "Being so impressed with the beauty of nature, I never cease to be amazed at how the
        'touch of the human hand' can transform it into another kind of beauty that is so uniquely human.
        "

        John Snow, Outdoorsman and Retired Teacher

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        • #49

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          Guitar making is pure pleasure imho

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          • #50

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            • #51

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              Started shaping the neck today. Come to realize that a standard bench vice is not great for carving irregular shaped things.. had to hang it down below the bench. Kept the Martin neck next to it to use it as a reference.

              I will update as I progress

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              • #52

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                As a relatively new woodworker but a long time guitar player, this build is fascinating. I know guys who build electric guitars (which can be difficult enough in their own right), but an acoustic guitar build... that's a whole other beast! Man, I would love to hear how this sounds and feel how well it plays when it's finished. Well done to you!

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                • #53

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                  • #54

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                    Still watching ... looks great!! Keep the pictures coming ... I'm going out to get more popcorn

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                    • #55

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                      Are you solving the problem, or becoming part of it?

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                      • #56

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                        Not much progress in the last few days but I did end up drilling and installing the threaded barrels to attach the neck to the body.

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                        • #57

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                          Very cool! I enjoyed seeing your problem solving efforts!!
                          All the best,

                          Marty

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                          • #58

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                            Progress has been a bit slow but that is to be expected on a first time project with so many specialized steps. Doesn't help that I only get to work on it an hour or two at a time too.

                            So I rough finished the second neck and have about an hour of fine tuning with a card scraper and sand paper. The neck was challenging and was certainly a new skill for me to learn. I purchased a couple wrasp and files to do the shaping.

                            Before I finish the neck and also need to set the neck angle which I will need a fretboard and a bridge to do so.

                            I began building a fret board out of East Indian Rosewood. This part is tapered in width, the top is radiused and there are slots to accept the frets which are cut at .021" wide. This required a specific fret cutting saw with a depth stop. I made a sled type jig to hold the fret board parallel. The sled is used to radius the top with the radiusing block, then I used the same sled to cut the slots. I only cut 1 slot tonight as I ran out of shop time for the night.

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