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Input on planning my first Strat build.

Discussion in 'DIY Strat Forum' started by va3ext, Apr 23, 2018.

  1. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    They took them back home where my my buddy,(their Dad) finished them.

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    Turned out nice.

    Scott
     
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    The bodies I routed out got finished by my buddy in Wisconsin.
    They are for his boys.
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    Turned out nice. He had them setup at a music store in Appleton.
     
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    Absolutely beautiful....
     
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    Great result that should provide many years of enjoyment!
     
  5. va3ext

    va3ext Strat-Talker

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    Started slotting the frets on one of the Strat necks.

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    Not quite the full depth yet.


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    Bought a used Stew Mac fret saw & jig.

    Slot skunk stipe for truss rod next.
     
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    Working on the truss rod routing of my neck.
    Using a practice neck.

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    Made a jig.
     
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    Next time it would be easier to route, then cut the neck profile out, as I would have a straight edge to work with. Now I have to rig a holding device.
     
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    Coming along.
     
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    Got the truss Rod in place.

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    No install the "Skunk Stripe".

    Pondering what type of wood.
    The neck is the same wood as the body, so either light maple, or dark walnut. Hmmmm
     
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    Dark walnut "skunk stripe" glued in. Clamped after photo.

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    A good weekend to work on the neck.
    Cold here up north.

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    Taken at 8am this morning.
     
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    Clamps taken off, thumb planed down & sanded level with back OC neck.
    Whiped on some naptha to bring up the grain.

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    Now the markers & frets.
     

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    Decided to make sure my original radius sanding was true.

    I used the my router jig as a guide.
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    Screwed the radius sanding block on to a board, which is centered with centreline of neck at each end. Then as I slide the radius block along the backboard keeping the block level & centered.

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    Started with 100gt. I'll move up to 220gt. Then maybe 320.

    Seems to work well.
     
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    Last night I recut the fret slots since removing some material during radius sanding.
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    Got the marker dots inlayed in the neck tonight.
    Marked all the marker spots on the neck.
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    Didn't realy have the right drill bit, but made it work. Should of had a 6mm Forsner.
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    Used a small block of MDF with a 15/64" hole through it. Center punched the spots, piloted with a 1/8", about 3/16" deep.

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    Then changed to the 15/64" bit. Pushed the bit through hole in the MDF, so the bit came out the other side & was just slightly shallower than the marker depth. Marked the depth stop with a Sharpie on the bit on upper side of MDF.
    Pushed the 15/64" bit through the MDF, set the end of the bit in the 1/8" pilot hole, then pushed the MDF block down hard the against the neck so when I drilled, it would stop the neck wood from lifting & chipping while drilling.
    Put a bit of Titebond glue in hole with toothpick. Tapped marker in with small hammer.

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    They where all slightly proud of the neck radius.
    Then ran the radius sander on 220, to rough down dots flat with neck, then 320 to finish.

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    After sanding, vacuumed off & whipped some Naptha on the neck to enhance the grain.

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    Another evening will be the side markers.

    Scott
     
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    Got the side dots in this evening.

    Forgot to order small dots.
    Found an old broken ebony violin fingerboard from my violin making/repair.
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    Cut some small rectangle pieces, chucked them in my drill, ran them against the running belt sander & spun the dill simultaneously. Made some small dowel material for dot pins. Finished on piece or sandpaper.

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    Drilled the side dot holes.
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    Glued in ebony dowels.
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    Cut excess & scraped flush.
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    Next fretting & headstock work.
     
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    Very cool documentation of the builds. Thx for posting.
     
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    Thanks for the comments. This is my first try on a guitar neck.

    I'm sure many methods are incorrect, or cumbersome to others, as when I built my violin in 2007.

    Just showing everyone how I went about my adventure.

    A very gratifying & fun project.

    Scott
     
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    Worked on the headstock today.
    Kind of addicting. Don't want to stop until it's finished.

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    Now for the fretting.
     
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    Got the frets in this evening.

    Bought a Fret Press Caul & inserts for the drill press.
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    Mixes up some hide glue I used for my violin building project. Ran a little in the fret slot with toothpick before pressing fret in.

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    Now the tedious fret dressing.
     

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    Nice work.