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17th April 2014

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Here’s the guitar Nate is building, using a neck I reworked and refretted. I love that zebra wood top!

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16th April 2014

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Just sold my neck!

I just sold the Ibanez-reminiscent neck I’ve been working on. I think the buyer will be pretty happy with it. He’s building a sweet BC Rich-esque body with a Zebra Wood top. I’ll have to post photos if he sends me any.

14th April 2014

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Check out this steampunk contraption in the lobby of the building I’m working on. Pretty crazy, eh?

Check out this steampunk contraption in the lobby of the building I’m working on. Pretty crazy, eh?

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13th April 2014

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Kids Birthday Parties

So my sister’s 8th birthday was today. We were at a Chuck E. Cheese’s not far from FedEx Field. I noticed that all the characters were playing Fender/Squier guitars, but they had strips of duct tape over the logos. Kind of funny. There were 3-4x stacked Marshall cabinets in the background (even for the drummer), with the logos fully in tact. I guess they couldn’t afford Fender’s licensing fees.

12th April 2014

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Here it is, ready to sell. I’m asking $100 for it; similar necks sell for $150, but this one does have a few minor blemishes. Most notably, the headstock was originally black. Some faint remnants of this are still visible, around the tuning peg holes and the truss rod cavity.

Here’s the specs:
Radius: 14”
Scale Length: 24 3/4”
Length (nut to heel): 18.5”
Headstock: Ibanez-Inspired One-Off with Rounded Bottom Edge
Number of Frets: 22
Neck Material: Maple
Finger Board: (Presumably Indian) Rosewood
Nut Width: 1 3/4”
Heel Width: 2 1/4”
Tuning Pegs: Most Modern-Style
Finish: Wipe-on Sealer with Light Stain. Ready to play as is, or could be hit with a Poly or Nitro finish for a glossier feel.
Other Notes: This is a brand new, unmounted neck. I sanded, smoothed, and re-planed the entire neck, and wiped on a few layers of sealer. Brand new Fender 099-1998-000 frets.

Please let me know if you’re interested, I’d love to skip the whole eBay route.

12th April 2014

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I’m done beveling, but my fret ends still look a little rough (feel great though). I have a tool called a “Fret Dress Stick” that’s just a small handheld sanding belt that I’ll use to clean them up. Then, I’ll be ready to sell!

I’m done beveling, but my fret ends still look a little rough (feel great though). I have a tool called a “Fret Dress Stick” that’s just a small handheld sanding belt that I’ll use to clean them up. Then, I’ll be ready to sell!

12th April 2014

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Here’s a few more frets pressed in. This neck is going pretty smoothly. I’ll probably have it up for sale by the end of the weekend.

Here’s a few more frets pressed in. This neck is going pretty smoothly. I’ll probably have it up for sale by the end of the weekend.

12th April 2014

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Here I’ve seated the first fret; it went in nice and easy. With proper prep work and a little attention to detail, fret work can be quite easy. Some people super glue their frets in place; I will if the fret slot is too large, but it’s not really necessary.

Here I’ve seated the first fret; it went in nice and easy. With proper prep work and a little attention to detail, fret work can be quite easy. Some people super glue their frets in place; I will if the fret slot is too large, but it’s not really necessary.

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12th April 2014

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Now that I’ve straightened out the neck as much as possible, I’m using my flush cut saw to widen and clean my fret slots.

Now that I’ve straightened out the neck as much as possible, I’m using my flush cut saw to widen and clean my fret slots.

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12th April 2014

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Today I’m going to start fretting this guitar neck. Step one: make sure the neck is straight. This one is still a little backbowed, so I’ll need to adjust the truss rod a bit.

Today I’m going to start fretting this guitar neck. Step one: make sure the neck is straight. This one is still a little backbowed, so I’ll need to adjust the truss rod a bit.