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Blog entry by Lee Leitner posted 10-31-2013 04:27 PM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Started this guitar project for a friend of mine that has a band in Nashville. It is taking a while since I work offshore 4 weeks on and 4 weeks off.

The body is curly maple and wenge laminate. The top plate will be wenge with purple heart accents. Doing all the electronics (except the pickups) myself.

Here are the raw materials

Neck glue up

Shape of things to com. Used a band saw to cut general shape.

Spoke shave and rasps for the final shape. Getting the correct neck shape that the owner specified is not so easy.

Almost finished shaping the back.

Getting the body lines correct.

General alignment.

I have much work ahead. I have the fret board complete. No picture yet.
I need to set up the departure angle at neck join.
I need to figure out the pickup placement once i glue up the fret board.
I still have not decided on finish. Possibly true oil or celo.

-- Lee

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#1 posted 11-17-2013 12:36 AM

Wow Lee, I had no idea you were a woodworker. This is a great start. I am on a mission to build some guitars for my musical family. So With all of your world travels, do you get to find any good wood you can share with old friends? LOL I can remember you as a kid with a really hot, Trans Am about the time I had my Z-28, how times have changed.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#2 posted 11-17-2013 12:45 AM

Thanks Ken. I have fiddlin around with wood for a bit and am working on several projects right now. This Randy Rhodes knock off has turned into a beast. It is a bit more complicated because I am doing custom fret width and trying to see if 25 frets will fit a 25.5 scale fret board without sacrificing anything else like pickup space. Plus it has an odd neck to body angle that is giving me fits. Strats are so much easier with a zero transition angle from neck to body.

You going to do acoustic or electric. If you go acoustic may I suggest get the best bending iron you can afford as well as a good form system.

-- Lee

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