MikeNeal's Consolidated Build Thread/Works In Progress

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  1. MikeNeal

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    strung up #10

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    i made a couple real bonehead mistakes on this one. the most glaring was routing the recess for the bridge to 1/8" deep instead of the 1/16" its supposed to be. the second was when i was bringing the neck to the final thickness of .78" on the jointer, i somehow ended up with the bass side slightly bigger. all of this combined means i had to really jack the saddles.

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    i could remedy this solution by sanding the neck a bit, and switching to a .175" baseplate. but aside from that, the action is low and it plays awesome. maybe has the best "mojo" of all my builds so far.
     
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    Why do you recess the hipshot .125 in the first place?
    On my latest build I used a 32mm body and routed the pocket to 19mm depth. That basically leaves only the 6mm fretboard sticking out.

    Without a recess for the hipshot bridge I get a very comfortable saddle placement:

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    There's no need for a recess at all.
     
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    Haven't been through the whole thread, but dear oh dear, some lovely stuff you got going :agreed:
     
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    Why don't you just make a 1/16" wood spacer to place under the bridge? If its recessed anyway then no one's gonna see it.
     
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    Initially it was to have perfect bridge placement. But now my bodies have a radius carved into the top. So it allows for a flat surface to mount the bridgd
     
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    I could. But I'm not going to be selling this guitar, so I'm not super concerned
     
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    finished the woodwork on the padauk 7.
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    then applied ciranova unicoat oil

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    in regards to the high saddles in my last post. it turned out there was a ridge left over from routing the neck pocket that wasn't letting the bass side of the neck sit totally flush. So i took care of that.

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    as you can see the saddles are much lower now, they are still higher then i would like at the moment. but no need to purchase a .175" baseplate. taking a small amount of wood off the neck heel should do the trick on this one - if need be.
     
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    did a little work on the 3d modeling for the 6 strings,

    worked a bit more on the headstock to neck transition
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    and did the blind slots for the fretboard
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    slowly getting the hang of things, only thing left to really do is the bridge holes, and insert holes for the pickups.
     
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    Mad skills
     
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    modeling update.

    i had a huge struggle for some reason to do the truss rod slot, it was interfereing with the lofts for the neck profile. I finally got it sorted out.

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    that was the last piece i needed to get done, so now my entire guitar is modeled.

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    now I have to get my machine up and running and I can start cutting some wood. I think i will probably focus on 6 strings for now to get everything fine tuned.
     
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    Cool! I just downloaded and started playing with Fusion 360. Bit of a learning curve but was able to import my 2D Sketchup model as as a start. Do your models include a scarf joint in the neck or will the angle be cut in via CNC?
     
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    I'll be able to do either way. I could make a big blank and carve the angle. Or do the scarf joint before the cnc cutting.

    And yeah it was a pretty steep learning curve. If you have any questions let me know
     
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    What machine did you buy?


    There's enough of us cnc-ers around now I think we need our own discussion thread...
     
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    Haven't bought one yet. Still doing research on if i want a shapeoko or x carve. Or keep saving for a larken or something. Hopefully will be doing my early prototyping with Brian Bowes. So I'll have someone experienced walking me through it
     
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    Very nice. I definitely recommend the shapeoko.
     
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    Starting #11.

    This build will be a more simple design, in the hopes that I nail it. I'm hoping this build will have my first cnc cut fretboard.

    Specs so far:
    6 string
    1 piece ash body
    Pau ferro fretboard and matching headstock veneer.

    Here's a picture of the piece of ash. I bought a massive board so I have 5 one piece bodies. This piece was the end piece so I thought it would be perfect for a prototype.

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    Here's the board of pau ferro I will be using. I'll probabaly get 3 fretboards with matching headstock veneers out of it.

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    Undecided on the neck. Thinking of forgoing my usual exotic 5 piece necks for something simple like rock maple
     
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    debating doing my next build in a more traditional super strat shape. I've learned that its very difficult to draw a superstrat shape that doesnt copy any other designs directly.

    this is what i've got so far. any opinions?
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    did the last coat of oil on the 8 string body. gotta say though. the more i look at the dyed wood the less i like it. I think i may strip it back down sometime down the road if i get the desire. (I'm sure that by the time that happens my skills will have progressed past this build)

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    also, still playing around with the superstrat design - now with a carved top!
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    working on some inline headstocks
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    mockup

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    builds 9 and 10 will be wired soon, and i will be starting to cut wood for builds 11 and 12. they will be superstrat twins, one 6 and one 7.
     
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    Some updates.

    Got the templates for my new body shape and headstocks

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    Some build 11 updates too.

    Machines the pau ferro down to a fretboard with a matching headstock

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    Found a huge board of pau ferro to make tops from. So this is the one I've chosen for this build

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