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leveled the fingerboard.




Headstock-volute transition roughly prefinished. Edited by blablas

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Leveling and straightening the sides of the neck.


Shaping the headstock and headstock-neck transition.

And the final result for todays work.


Edited by blablas

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[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/C8ItXq8.jpg[/IMG]
Cutting fret slots.

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/hTSHUta.jpg[/IMG]
And finished.

Edited by blablas

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Drilling the position markers with the use of a drilling template.


And glued in the markers, normally I use aluminum rod for these but for this bass I wanted wooden ones, I used toothpicks for them because they have the right diameter. Edited by blablas

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[quote name='blablas' timestamp='1378460223' post='2200523']
I used toothpicks for them
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Somehow, I feel this bass is not gonna be any good for metal.

Thanks for posting! It's awesome.

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Position markers are in place.

I've been busy sanding the body today, but it's a bit useless to place pictures of that. Edited by blablas

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Machined two radiuses at the end of the neck.


Machined the neckpocket and pickup holes.


And the coming together of the two (not yet glued), the neck has a perfect fit in the body and needs to be pushed in with a reasonable amount of force and already stays in place by the way it fits. Edited by blablas

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Sanded the fingerboard up to grain 600.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/wDNNUP3.jpg[/IMG]
Hammering in the frets.

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/xrdL25N.jpg[/IMG]
And done.

Now I still need to glue the fret ends, then finish the sides and level the frets, crowning and polishing will be done after the neck is fully shaped.

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Wonderful!

BTW: What do you mean by 'gluing the fret [b]ends[/b]'? Is this due to gluing the frets when they're straight, and then gluing them again when they're bent to match the radius?

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It's done to hold the frets really tight in place, even though the fit in the groove is already okay, it's just a extra measure.
This will also fill any visible holes between the fingerboard and the frets.

I use cyano acrylate (funny glue) for this, it will creep in the left over space between the fingerboard and the fret due to capillary effect and if done properly will fill the entire grove.

I prefer a flat fingerboard so there is no radius to follow. :)

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