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post #1 of 129 (permalink) Old 11-06-2010, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
 
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New Project started..JEM style

Step one: Laminating-done
3 pieces of ash-1 3/4'' thick at the moment.

Here's the template for bandsawing tomorrow:

It'll be 1 1/2'' thick tomorrow..ash is heavy!

The neck for it...


Specs:
ash body
maple strat neck
either tune-o-matic or strat style hardtail bridge
seymour duncan or dimarzio pickups
grover tuners

more tomorrow!
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post #2 of 129 (permalink) Old 11-06-2010, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
 
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Re: New Project started..JEM style

Quick little update:

I have a piece of 1" thick mahogany that is nice, I'm thinking of re-sawing it in half, chambering the body and adding it as a top.

So, the ash would be 1 1/4" thick, and the mahogany would be 1/4" thick. Maybe even a natural finish? Cool!
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post #3 of 129 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 08:01 AM
 
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Re: New Project started..JEM style

Don't forget that the neck is shorter
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The neck is a 25.5 scale. Isn't the jem the same?
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post #5 of 129 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 09:39 AM
 
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Yes but the JEM neck is 24 frets, the strat neck you have is 21 frets. That makes it shorter.
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Yes but the JEM neck is 24 frets, the strat neck you have is 21 frets. That makes it shorter.
The neck is physically shorter, but the scale length remains the same (i.e. the relationship between the zero fret and the bridge). As the 24 fret square heel has an over hang this won't be an issue as long as you don't make the heel too small.
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Guess I should have said "don't make the heel too small"
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Guess I should have said "don't make the heel too small"
Too big....?
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post #9 of 129 (permalink) Old 11-07-2010, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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I was planning to make my own neck pocket template, and If I end up using this neck

it has a overhang, and the pocket is the same. I've interchanged those necks before:


I just got given a 2" thick, almost 20" by 20" piece of walnut for free. Maybe I'll make a 2nd body.
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post #10 of 129 (permalink) Old 11-09-2010, 07:38 PM Thread Starter
 
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Here's the mahogany I'm going to use to make it look like a wooden boat deck.

My personal boat
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post #11 of 129 (permalink) Old 11-28-2010, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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Yay!
Finally got some work done on this.
Planned down nice and thin, cut roughly to size, and pickup cavities are taking shape. I can do most of the rest of the work with a chisel. It looks better in real life...i swear...lol

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I'm really enjoying watching your progress with this project. Why don't you invest a little dough on a decent router--they're not too expensive.



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I have one, but i'm trying to get by without it-they are scary and I don't have any appropriate bits.
I'll probably end up using it for the neck pocket.
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pickup routes done-dicthed the mahogany idea, i'm going with surf green!
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pickup routes done-dicthed the mahogany idea, i'm going with surf green!
Perfect color! I'm a sucker for green guitars, and wish I'd never sold mine: Seafoam Preproduction San Dimas Charvel, Turquoise ( more of a surf green) ESP Mirage Deluxe, Surf Green Kramer Pacer Custom, LNG Jackson RR1, and the converted LNG RG-570.



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