Saturday, September 22, 2007

Guitar Build - Day 5

Today I embarked on the edge shaping of the guitar body. This took a while to run through the band saw because it is over an inch thick and has some tight radius corners. I used a belt sander and a spindle sander to smooth the finish and bring the work to within a 1/4" of the final guitar shape. I will do the same with the maple top and the final edge shaping will be done when the two pieces are joined together.
This photo illustrates a problem that I need to resolve for the neck. The heel on a standard Les Paul is not this far back towards the body. To accommodate the heel in this position I plan to remove some of the upper shoulder, resulting in a double cutaway. However, I will try to avoid making it look like the Les Paul Junior. I spent a little time today thinking about how I plan to wire the electronics and where to locate the various controls. Due to the Jimmy Page wiring, there will be a couple of extra controls on this guitar. It will require more thought before I can start cutting the recesses in the body. It has been 4 months since I originally cut and glued the maple top. I noticed that over that time it had warped slightly and would need a lot of sanding to flatten it again. I decided that it would be quickest to cut it apart, run it through the thickness planer, re-cut on the table saw and glue it back together. I left it over night and it was perfectly flat again.(Previous Guitar Build Post)

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