A Guitar for Daniel #4: Wishful thinking and home stretches

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Blog entry by Dan Lyke posted 12-16-2012 03:14 AM 2376 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I totally screwed up the fret board, so we had to make a new one. This time we figured out how to do the diamond shaped inlays that Daniel wanted.

Since the last time, we un-clamped the body from the glue-up, flipped it over, routed the back of the through-neck flat, and then cut out the body

2012-12-13DanielMachiningGuitarNeckBackFlat.jpg 2012-12-13DanielCuttingGuitarSide.jpg 2012-12-13GuitarCutOutWithTrussRod.jpg There’s the guitar cut-out with the truss rod set in place.

The new fret board was cut with the Festool MFS jig and a 1/8” bit, after which we took the corners out of the diamonds with a chisel:

2012-12-14GuitarNewFretboardInlays.jpg 2012-12-15GuitarFretboardCutAndFirstFinish.jpg

Then this morning I cut the fret slots and put a coat of finish on the fretboard. I was amazed at how much the hard and oily Comatillo we used for this pass sucked up the polyurethane. And then we laid it out to see what it looked like, and after an afternoon of cutting out cavities and holes in all the right places, glued the fretboard to the neck.

2012-12-15RoughGuitarBodyWithCutFretboard.jpg 2012-12-15GuitarBlankWithHardware.jpg 2012-12-15GuitarFretboardGlueUp.jpg

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 12-16-2012 01:15 PM

Nice looking project you have going!!

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#2 posted 12-16-2012 05:20 PM

This is gonna look soooo cool when it’s done. It’s an interesting look with a body style like a Les Paul with a more angular headstock that seems Stratocaster inspired.

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Dan Lyke

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#3 posted 12-16-2012 11:57 PM

Thanks, guys! Yeah, Daniel wanted something with a Les Paul-ish body, but more generally “metal” body styling, so the Les Paul hook is extended further and is sharper, and we went with the all-on-one-side peghead, angled back.

That latter feature is causing problems: Charlene and I went down to the guitar shop today to surprise him with a case and strap, and had a heck of a time finding one that fit…

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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