I Feel Good...Na na na na na na na...


Wednesday, August 6th, 2008:

It's only about 10:30 a.m., but I am feeling so good right now, that I just had to post a few pictures!!!

When I got up today, the first thing I did was to check out my carved neck again, just to make sure I was satisfied with it. It felt a little bit thick, especially at the first fret — more like a "C" shape profile, rather than the profile I prefer (between a "C" profile and a "V" profile, which makes using my thumb occasionally to fret the low E string more comfortable). So, I did a little more shaping of the neck, using the micro-rasp and sandpaper. Here's the profile I ended up with:

It felt much better to my hand!!!!








That done, I then bolted the neck to the body and checked to see if I had to do any adjustments to the neck angle and centering of the neck. I didn't!!! Yay!!! Everything was perfect!!!! It had stayed centered, and the straightedge, when placed on top of the fretted fingerboard, was a little less than 1/16" above the bridge.

I am really a happy camper right now. What a relief! (This is the first time I've had things go so well in this area.)

Here are some photos of what the guitar will look like:









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  1. A Little Detour....A Tour of My Workroom!!!
  2. Joining the Top
  3. Starting to Bend
  4. Bending, Day 2
  5. Bending, Day 3
  6. Neck Block, Center Strip, Cutaway!
  7. Bracing the Back, Gluing in the Blocks
  8. Shape Back Braces, Glue Neck Block, Make Spreaders
  9. Spreader, Rim, Kerfing
  10. Rim-Sanding, Brace-Shaping, Go-Bar Modification, & Obon!!!
  11. Side Strips & Rosette
  12. Beginning the Top Bracing
  13. Bracing, Continued...
  14. Gluing the Back
  15. Gluing the Top
  16. Trimming the Overhang
  17. Routing for Binding : Day 1
  18. Routing for Binding : Day 2
  19. Fitting & Gluing the Bindings
  20. The Soundbox is Done!!!
  21. Truss Rod Slot, Peghead Veneer
  22. Peghead, Start Heel
  23. Threaded Inserts, Neck Trimmed
  24. Fitting the Neck!!!
  25. Truss Rod Cavity, Heel Cap, Fingerboard Trimmed
  26. Finishing and Gluing the Fingerboard / Peghead Inlay
  27. Carving the Neck
  28. I Feel Good....The Basic Building is Done!!! (Now on to the Finishing....)
  29. Pore-Filling
  30. Sealing
  31. Finish Coats
  32. Finishing the Finish!!!
  33. Gluing the Bridge
  34. It's All Done!!!










One other thing before I go.....

Here's something I did yesterday to make my truss rod wrench (just one of those little "L" type allen wrenches, which aren't the easiest to turn by the little angled end):

I just hammered the little end of the wrench into the handle, and it makes turning the truss rod nut SO much easier!!!






Now I'm going to do the grain-raising and final sanding of the guitar, in preparation for the Z-poxy pore-filling that I'm going to try for the first time....

See you soon....




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