Workshop Blog

Workshop Blog:

April 2019

Earlier this year I was commissioned to build an electric guitar with an unusually wide neck. Essentially it’s a fairly standard 6 string electric (25.5’’ scale, 24 frets), but with nut/bridge spacing more typically found on a classical guitar. Here’s some photos of the build progress so far..

I begin by cutting and gluing the Black Walnut body blank, which is capped with a bookmatched English Walnut top. Once the top has been attached, the body is cut and routed to shape and I begin routing and drilling all the necessary holes, as well making a control cavity cover.

The 5-piece neck black is constructed from 3 pieces of quarter sawn Maple, with 2 strips of Black Walnut either side of the centre strip. The headstock veneers are created from Black Walnut and English Walnut (off-cuts from the top wood), along with some black/white purfling, and black veneer laminated underneath. I also use some of the top wood off-cuts to make a truss rod cover, which is branded with my logo.

On to the fretboard.. I begin by cutting a strip of wood off from each edge of the Ziricote blank. After the taper has been cut, it’s then slotted by hand and the ‘‘binding’’ strips are then reattached, resulting in neat looking ‘‘pocketed’’ fret slots.

The tuner holes are then drilled, the headstock is shaped and the neck taper is cut before the fretboard is glued on. I’ve also glued a black veneer underneath the fretboard. It’s barely noticeable on the darker top edge, but it adds a nice accent line between the pale sapwood and the Maple neck. The fretboard was intentionally left slightly oversize, so once the glue has dried the wood is scraped flush with the neck and any glue squeeze-out is removed. The Luminlay side dot inlays are then fitted.

That’s all for now.. more updates coming next month. As always, feel free to leave any questions/comments below.

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