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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:15 am

Next I have to create a slot in the top of the body to house the block on the neck where the end of the truss rod is.

I get a bit of scrap ply, mark a centre line then measure and cut out a hole the same size as the block. Then it's just a case of clamping the ply template in line with the guitar centre line and carefully routing it out to the required depth.

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Of course I couldn't resist another mock up:

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:21 am

Here's a close up of the body/neck join area. The perch pole will joint into the new heel. The fingerboard will be screwed to the blocks you can see inside the routed area. The pole itself is only attached to the body by a screw at the end, not glued, so if I ever need to take the neck off again it won't be tooo difficult.

What I like about this picture is the cross section of the purfling and the binding, sitting there all snug. Yes I am a sad man.

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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:36 am

I also did a bit more on the neck.

First I cut a bit more off the heel with a coping saw. I'm kind of creeping up on carving it properly. Then I decided to flatten out the camber on the fingerboard, using a long sanding block and a straightedge and fret clamp caul for checking as I go. I wanted to sand it anyway to see what colour it was. I've taken the radius from about 12" to 16" on the basis that it ought to be better for playing slide if it's flatter. It's about 90% there, just a little finishing to do. Finally I had some fun laying out dots. I'll drill out the existing plastic ones and replace with awabi. I'll also need to add some to cover the screw heads at the body join.

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And that's it for another month! I started looking at this last July so it's a year now, might have missed one month so it's 12 or 13 actual days working on it. But the end is in sight.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby blinddrew » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:26 am

adrian_k wrote:What I like about this picture is the cross section of the purfling and the binding, sitting there all snug. Yes I am a sad man.
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Not at all, this is coming together beautifully. :)
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:15 am

It's certainly coming on!

You could have taken the neck home with you to shape the heel and save a bit of time from your next visit.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:06 pm

It's an excellent suggestion and sometime around January I was thinking of cleaning out the garage, finding somewhere else for my PA gear and putting a workbench in. For some reason I haven't got round to it yet. But I will!
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby Wonks » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:34 pm

Been too hot to do too much of that sort of thing for me recently.
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Re: Build project - resonator guitar from recycled bits

Postby adrian_k » Sun Jul 29, 2018 4:48 pm

Too blinking right.
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