I appreciate the kind words and empathy fellas. It is always hard to post the failures, especially the big ones.
As I said earlier, I promised myself that I would post everything that happened in this build, so that everyone has a chance to learn from both good and bad.
I have the new neck under construction now. The parts are all glued together, the blank is the proper dimensions, squared, and the headstock angle is cut.
My next chore is to rout the truss rod channel, but I have to wait for the new rods to come in. The rod I had scheduled for this neck has been used in a bolt-on neck that I built, for another build I have going on.
Speaking of truss rods;
Have any of you tried the new two-way rods that stewmac has in stock?
They are really inexpensive, so I thought I would try a few. The rod works well, and is encased in a plastic/vinyl coating to stop rod buzz once installed.
They require a 1/4" wide, by 3/8 deep channel, just like the LMI rods, so no special router bits are required; unlike the previous Hot Rods.
http://www.stewmac.com/Materials_and_Su ... s_Rod.html
The one knock I have against them is that the adjustment socket turns inside a small tube that is welded on the end of the rod.
The tube is about 1 1/4" long, and is 5/16 in diameter. It also sticks down a bit from the bottom of the rod.
This means that if you use it in a headstock adjust neck, the channel has to be routed bigger, and deeper just under the nut.
I had to rout to a depth of 27/64" in that area. If the neck is about 1/2 inch thick at that point, there is not a lot of meat left under the channel.
It does not install as easily as the website says, that is for sure.
I need your help. I can't possibly make all the mistakes myself!