Construction Log For Electric Guitar
22/03/07: Started: cut a block for the body and planed it smooth
and true. image (~4 hours)
23/03/07: Cut and planed the sycamore and sapele for the
neck. image (~4 hours)
30/03/07: Laminate neck.
image (~1 hour)
A week's holiday (for Easter):
06/04/07: Rout truss rod slot, rout out pickup cavities
image (~7 hours)
07/04/07: Finish routing out pickup cavities
Plane neck angle on body and rout neck mortise
Bandsaw neck image.
08/04/07: Clean up neck and plane headstock to thickness.
Section some burr oak for a head stock
Bandsaw out body image.
09/04/07: Cut tenon for neck/body joint
Glued veneer on to headstock. (~4 hours)
10/04/07: Roughly cut and thickness the fillet wood to sit on top of
the truss rod. Start roughing out neck shape
image (~6 hours)
11/04/07: Bandsaw out neck
Sand body to remove bandsaw marks. Thickness fingerboard.
Build fingerboard fret cutting jig
image. (~6 hours)
13/04/07: Finish sanding body to remove bandsaw marks
(used a bobbin sander). Shape headstock
Thickness headstock for machine heads. Cut thickness some rosewood for
the truss rod cover. Plane truss rod slot fillet to width. Start shaping neck
image. (~7 hours)
14/04/07: Drill holes for machine heads
Finesse neck joint. Rout out control cavity
Round over the edge of the back. (~5 hours)
15/04/07: Glue in truss rod and fillet
image. Cut fret slots
image. (~4 hours)
16/04/07: Drill connection holes from jack to bridge pickup and from
neck to bridge pickup. Drill fingerboard and glue in position markers
Carve body image.
20/04/07: Radius fingerboard
image and attach to neck
image (~3 hours).
21/04/07: Drill and glue side inlay markers. Drill out jack socket hole.
Cut inlay, rout pocket, glue
image and fill. (~6 hours)
22/04/07: Sand inlay.
image and fill.
Roughly shape neck, close to final shape.
26/04/07: Rout control cavity deeper, make cover and rout ledge.
file frets back flush with side and taper to 35 degrees.
Sand body and neck back to 240 grit.
Glue neck into body
28/04/07: Sanding around neck joint and rest of guitar. (~2 hours)
03/05/07: Drill bridge and tailpiece holes. Enlarge pot holes.
Bore out control knobs to 1/4". Sanding. (~4 hours)
04/05/07: Make truss rod cover. Drill holes for truss rod cover,
strap buttons and control cavity. Sand (120, 240, 320, 400, 800). Masking.
Apply first coat of sanding sealer
05/05/07: Another coat of sealer/filler (~20 mins)
06/05/07: 4 coats of Tru-oil (~1 hour)
07/05/07: 4 coats of Tru-oil
10/05/07: 4 coats of Tru-oil (~1 hour)
13/05/07: A couple of coats of wax (~1 hour)
16/05/07: Screw on all the bits of hardware (~1 hour)
17/05/07: Wire up the pickups
18/05/07: Start setting it up - nut, action, redo fret levelling,
etc. (~4 hours)
19/05/07: Finish shaping nut and setting intonation - nut, action,
etc. (~4 hours)
Total time spent: ~110 hours