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All the frets are in.

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/dM0Jwxv.jpg[/IMG]
Filled the voids between the fret and fret-slot with CA glue.

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Finished off the fret ends on the other side of the neck and leveled the frets. Edited by blablas

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Leveled the heel of the neck and roughly sawed it to thickness.


Routed the neck pocket.


The first time the two parts meet. Edited by blablas

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It's become a bit of a cliche, but this is what 'truly awesome' really means :) Don't think I've ever seen anything like it...

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Thanks, it means a lot to me to get these kind of compliments from a fellow builder.

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Today I've been busy with doing my favourite thing, volute shaping.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/wwmWy7I.jpg[/IMG]
Almost halfway.

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/GyLFkml.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/khfKZD9.jpg[/IMG]
And (rough) finished.

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[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/BQWvunb.jpg[/IMG]
Rough shaped the rest of the neck, the shape I want is almost there and will be refined at a later date.

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/sdxDoe2.jpg[/IMG]
Heel detail.

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Finished shaping the neck.
[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/vqjJHfT.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/r1H0nix.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/KHqdGYl.jpg[/IMG]

[IMG]http://i.imgur.com/QZeCwYj.jpg[/IMG]
Completely sanded up to grain 400.

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Looking very nice - when it's carved & shaped it's always inclined to show off and exaggerate any flaws in the wood or gaps in the glue - from those pics it looks very clean and solid.

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It is clean and solid.

Before gluing I properly squared and leveled all the surfaces that were going to be glued, I glued them together with the right amount of clamping (read: Lots of clamps ;)).
It might be more work to do all this preparing of the separate parts but when you do it this way you get a much better end-result.

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Agreed - it's no accident it's turned out as neat and consistent as it has.

Careful preparation, suitable materials, and proper technique is the only way to stack the odds in the builders favour.
If it's thrown together it may work - but most of the time it'll look thrown together.

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[quote name='blablas' timestamp='1431796824' post='2775117']
12 string... I'd rather be safe than sorry.
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+1 with the neck/body joint as it is (very ergonomic judging by the photos) there is not enough room for a traditional 3,4 or more bolt joint. Good thing this was planned in advance - the single cut body shape lends itself to extra securing bolts along it's extended upper horn (not really a horn, but you get what I'm talking about I think).

You can't be too careful with a neck joint. It's never too stable or durable. I'd imagine in this case the joint will be up to the job & then some.

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As a 12 string player, this is genius. It's worth noting that I can't stand single cuts, but this bass defies that rule. Top quality work squire!

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[quote name='Wolverinebass' timestamp='1431963435' post='2776659']
As a 12 string player, this is genius. It's worth noting that I can't stand single cuts, but this bass defies that rule. Top quality work squire!
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I couldn't agree more - this single cut has a seriously graceful look about it, when looked at as it is or like I do with lefty's - checked out after being flipped.

Here's a sample -

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Hope blablas doesn't mind me inverting his work in progress!

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