THE NECK :
I installed a Stew-Mac Hot Rod (18")
in this maple neck. Again, I gained much more experience in using
the router to rout the 7/32"wide, 7/16" deep truss
rod channel. I cushioned the rod at a few places with some dabs
of silicone bathtub sealer. I really like the Hot Rod --- it's
easy to install and works great!
After installing the truss rod, I glued
on the rosewood fingerboard, then bandsawed out the neck
and pegboard to their final shapes (following the practice of
Dan Erlewine on the Stew-Mac videotape). This neck was kind of
different from what I have been used to on acoustics, as its
peghead is formed by just dropping the cut on the board (no scarf
joint to do).
The final step was to carve the neckshaft,
which, again, I did primarily with the microplane (it's great!!!)
and install the frets. Oh, yeah....almost forgot.....like a dope
(it is required that I do at least one dopey thing per instrument),
I forgot to inlay the fingerboard dots before I fretted the fingerboard.
Doing it afterwards was a little bit more tedious, but it got
done --- but I forgot to take a photo.