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After last week's rounding of the neck and fingerboard radiusing, this edition of the guitar build will focus on installing the frets into the neck, along with a little finish work.   The necks at this stage are shaped and sanded, but not finish sanded yet. 

I'm getting a little ahead, truth is there is one little area of shaping left to do.  When the fingerboard is radiused, the transition between the headstock is affected and looks a little off to me.

Rounded and Radiused

 In this chapter of the scratch built guitars saga I will continue the work on the necks...  In the last chapter I slotted for the frets and installed fingerboard marker dots...  Now I will round the back of the neck and put a 9-1/2" radius on the face of the fingerboard, and install the marker dots on the sides.

 First up is to round off the back of these boards so that they actually start to resemble a neck..

Slots and Dots

 The ongoing saga of the scratch built guitars continues...  In the last chapter installed the caps that cover the truss rods.  In this chapter, I'll cut the slots for the fretwire, and make/install the fingerboard dots

 Had I only been doing a single neck, I might have just went ahead and marked the fingerboard out for the fret slots and cut them.  But since I am doing three, some sort of template seemed in order.

 I did buy Stew-Mac's fret slotting miter box for the job, but I didn't want to spring the $40 dollars for their fret scale template.  I was past the point of available cash, so - I decided I would make my own.  The miter box has a small indexing pin in it these templates use, so I figured to use it as well, by cutting slots for it in a bar of aluminum.

Capping Off the Neck

The ongoing saga of the scratch built guitars continues...  The last chapter had me making and installing truss rods.

With the truss rods in place, it's time to insert walnut caps in the slots and holes created for the them.  Walnut is a great choice for many reasons, but mostly because it's easy to work and it's color nicely contrasts that of the maple.


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