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I also am going to make a saw guide for the multi-scale frets as my normal jig only does straight. Saw a design online that looks good and that I will copy. Uses magnets to keep the saw blade stable against a maple block that can pivot to make the correct angled cuts.

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ABM stuff is very nice. You should check out ETS stuff on the next build. That are super customizable 

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Double ball strings and hook the head end over a peg inserted into the headstock shape?

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9 hours ago, Si600 said:

Double ball strings and hook the head end over a peg inserted into the headstock shape?

Nice idea.  I'd like to see a cam operated clamping system for quick string change. I'm sure it's feasible. 

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It is already decided and sorted :), ABM single string clamps.

Anyway...

Neck blank and body core glued up.

I still need to thickness the ash a little, so when I slap on 8mm walnut on both sides we get to 4 cm or just under. It was getting a bit late for my thicknesser’s volume and I prefer using a hand plane for the last few mm anyway, so glued the 2 halves and will sort the planing out when dry.

I decided to go for the 3 ply, maple/wenge/maple. I liked it best.

What I don’t like is how the ovangkol looks against the walnut top. Too similar in colour.... I need to do something about that. Probably just order new fretboard material, darker.

 

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Having slept on it, Ebony fingerboard ordered...

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Better with Ebony fretboard....fretboard and body core thicknessed.... body core is 2.6cm. So we will end up just over 4cm. Will be chambering the core, so weight will not be any issue.

Next step, trussrod/graphite rods, fretboard and a million other things 😂

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Little bit of progress to report. Fronts and backs glued up. Also cleaned up body core (no pics, took down thickness some more (3.8 cm will be final thickness) and chambered.

 

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Did quite a lot over the weekend.

- Both top and bottom now glued on (1 at a time). Bottom in first, got a really good glue up. Hope 2nd is as good.

- Weight reduction cavities routed

- Neck rough outline cut, trussrod and graphite rod slots routed

- Devised a way to keep body shape as it and still be able to access the tuners

- and a few more bits here and there....

Apologies for the upside down pics, my iPad sometimes decides to flip pics when posting to BC.

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Note the trussrod access :)

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Weight wise, it is looking like we will end up just under 4 kg. Not bad!

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That Makita box standing freely on the ceiling is simply amazing. Are you defying Newton's laws ? 🤣 

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12 minutes ago, Hellzero said:

That Makita box standing freely on the ceiling is simply amazing. Are you defying Newton's laws ? 🤣 

Too much glue squeeze out between the halves. It's there forever now.

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1 hour ago, HazBeen said:

Note the trussrod access :)

Clever, I like it! If only one could get away with that on a full headstock.

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Body rounded, as it is is 2.45kg. And the wood I will take out for the control cavity, belly and arm cut, tuners and neck should be roughly the same as the weigh of the hardware, so that is where I am thinking we will end up. With the headless neck absolutely on track to stay below 4 kg,

Quick mockup attached as well, just for fun :)

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2 minutes ago, Andyjr1515 said:

Very nice indeed :)

 

Thanks, soon I will address the biggest challenge... getting the neck right, incl. the flared part where it bolts to the body. But I think I have the right approach in mind for that.

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Fanned fret slots..... check. I have checked them several times, appears to be within acceptable limits so RESULT!

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Sometimes I tire myself.... I have decided that I now ideally want a 35.5 - 33.5” fan, not 35-33”. I bought a spare Ebony blank... hmmm, am I really going to do another? Decisions, decisions...

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I am indeed doing the 35.5-33.5” one.... I hate slotting at the best of times, but now I cannot use my normal jig I am REALLY hating it. 5 slots in and all is well, but man it is an ordeal.... am going to take as long as I need.

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