Guitar-building #1: Cleaning up the guitar neck and body

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Blog entry by kenstonge posted 03-16-2011 06:18 PM 4069 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m new to Lumberjocks and this is my first post. It catches me in the middle of a project — a Les Paul Jr. electric guitar, which is being built as part of a class at Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. I should finish it some time in April.

Last week, I finished installing fretmarkers on the neck, which was built out of solid mahogany with an African ebony fingerboard.

Sanded down

Complete pictures of the guitar in progress, from start to current, can be found on Flickr.

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Kent Shepherd

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#1 posted 03-16-2011 10:56 PM

Looking good. I hope to see the finished guitar



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#2 posted 03-19-2011 07:13 AM

Nice looking start. I assume it will be truss-rodded ? Will it be a neck through or bolt-on ? Please take pics and post as work progresses. I want to build one in the not-too-distant future.

-- If you're going to stir the pot, think BIG spoon or SMALL boat paddle. David Grimes, Georgia

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 02:17 PM

Yes, great question! The truss rod I used in this guitar was installed before I finished the neck. It’s a “double-action” style, which means it can correct bowing in the neck in either direction. A lot of the specs for this particular guitar are based on a ‘59 Les Paul Standard, but we’ve made some modifications. The original truss rods were single action. We also cut the neck a differently in the area of the nut and left quite a bit more wood. We did this to lessen the likelihood of a headstock snapping off. That’s a common problem for a lot of the Gibson designs since they have precious little wood near the headstock.

You can see the what truss rod installation looks like below.

Cleaning ears

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 09:40 AM

Just stumbled across your Blog… Man, I am so interested in this & glad I found this blog! I will be watching this… Really cool

-- Chefshep :) "When we allow our present to quarrel with our past, we risk jeopardizing our future.” - Winston Churchill

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