Jason Rodgers wrote:Looking good, Gordon! I've not been following your updates, as the pics don't show up on my Kindle, so I take a look every now and again when I'm sitting at the PC.
Comment/suggestion: waaaay back, with your headstock debacle, you cut off the ears because you didn't like the visible glue lines. I realize you want the neck-through stripe to show, but in the future, if you run into that issue again, another option is a headstock cap and backstrap. Some more of that Zebrawood would look pretty snappy on the headstock.
Question: I've gone through quite a few posts, and don't see anything about neck elevation or back set. Does the neck shaft meet the body wings flush and in plane? I've not built a neck-through, but I've owned a Carvin, and the neck met the body wings in plane, but elevated about 1/8". In other words, a straight edge on top of the jumbo frets, on top of the 1/4" fretboard, on top of the 1/8" rise, would sit at about 7/16" off the body at the bridge location, just below the saddles on the hardtail bridge. The other solution is to glue the neck to the wings with a few degrees of backset. If you've not taken this geometry into account, you may end up needing to recess your bridge.
You've done a great job of logging your progress. Keep it up!
I went through a lot of scenarios when I cut into the neck with the band saw. Actually, Mark Swanson came up with the best idea; of course it was after the fact. He suggested scarfing a new headstock on. That would have worked, and possibly saved me a lot of work.
The neck is on the same plane as the body.
I did a scale drawing and found that if I left the fingerboard a bit thicker, (it is 9/32) and allowed for .050 high frets, and allowed for a minimum of .030 clearance on the high E string, I would have enough height using the bridge I have.
The bridge saddles will go lower than what I drew out, so I should be OK.
Having said that, I will install the bridge, tuners and strings to check it out before finishing.
The neck is .800 at the 1st fret, and .850 at the 12th.
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!