Neck-through LP, now it’s a scratch build

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Routed the body cavities tonite. The back is dirty and not even close to a finish sanding, but I wiped some naphtha on there for a more interesting pic.

Even though I didnt actually doubt it would be there, its always nice to see the wire channel where it supposed to be
and only a small film of glue from the top just at the control cavity end. The rest looks like what you see in the bottom of the switch cavity.

I did a straight up route with a flat bottom and will do relief cuts with forstner bit for the pots.

I really wanted to do the round over because it makes the back look instantly awesome, but every time I do that this early I manage to ding it up before I’m done the build. I’m learning a little patience, maybe?

nah.

next is the top carve, but I’m making a new router sled first tomorrow night, so top carve Friday night

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Did some stuff on the maple side tonite.

it’s really one of my least favorite jobs building a carved top guitar. I could just wing it instead of carve templates and I think I’d do OK, but then again I really like the results I get doing it this way so why mess with success?



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note the extra, in-between layer as the first step up from the binding. I just prefer a little less recurve and a more mellow climb up to the top. My top was a bit thicker (0.7”) so my last step is a touch thick, but I’ll shave that off when I route the neck and pickup planes.

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I had thought I was gonna wait till near finished to do this, but I was watching one of @Freddy G Les Paul building videos to see his bonus mini-tutorial on sharpening a scraper and I noted that he does his round over early on, his reasoning being if you wait until after drilling the jack hole, then when you do the round over the bearing can drop into the jack hole and screw up the job.

sounds logical to me :)

roundover done. I love how it instantly turns it from a block of wood into something pretty :)

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how did the scraper sharpening go?
Sharpening went really great actually :)

Way better than my previous attempt a few years back. I gave the maple and mahogany a nice clean shave before I glued the top on.
I picked up several good tips from that vid and used all of them in the last couple days :)
 

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Its officially a "GSO", or "guitar-shaped object"

Tonite I'm welding up a better rail for my top-routing jig, and I'll carve the neck and pickup planes and shave that tallest last step down a hair.

Tomorrow I'll smooth it all off and probably drill output jack hole and route the pickup pockets, and clean up a couple nagging details around the headstock shape

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Welded up this new sled, but I still need to add some rails to the box so it slides on it more easily, but it worked just fine.

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got just a little of this done after I finished rigging that thing up. Tomorrow I’ll have more time

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I had thought I was gonna wait till near finished to do this, but I was watching one of @Freddy G Les Paul building videos to see his bonus mini-tutorial on sharpening a scraper and I noted that he does his round over early on, his reasoning being if you wait until after drilling the jack hole, then when you do the round over the bearing can drop into the jack hole and screw up the job.

sounds logical to me :)
I've had that stupid mistake happen to me 2-3 times already when shaping my necks. I'd have the nut already sliced out on the fretboard and when my pattern bearing hit that small spot, I ended up with really annoying divots on the neck profile and wasted more time sanding them out. You'd think I'd learn, but...
 

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Good day today.

just to show where my design deviates from a vintage spec 59 build...

top, pickup plane, and neck plane

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for the top carve I do the rough carving and flattening of the steps with a small angle grinder and an attachment called a holey galahad :)

it removes material really fast so you have to be super careful.

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It leaves a pretty rough finish.

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from here I switch to an orbital sander with 120 grit disks, followed by 320 to finish it up.

I also routed the pickup cavities. I dont use super-long leg PAF’s, so I don’t need the 37 foot deep leg holes.
I actually used the template from my 22 Magnum for this as I didn’t feel like messing with 2 different templates to get the
job done, and the positions aren’t precisely right on the Bartley templates anyway as I’m doing a 24.625” scsle length.

anyway, here’s how,I ended up at the end of the day....

‘FTR, there’s a strip of maple right up the center that’s a more pale color than the rest. It kind of fools the eye and makes the shape appear odd from some angles, but it’s an illusion. I actually plan to bleach the top so,that it’s a uniform color when I finish it.

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