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Stage 5) Building the truss rod

Use 10-32 threaded rod cut to length. Use a tap and die set to clean up the threads that will be used with the adjustment nut. Be careful not to cross thread the 10-32 threading. Next we need to make the anchor slug. Make sure it is thick enough to have enough thread engagement. Find the center of the slug and use a center punch to indent the center point. We are going to drill a through hole that will allow us to cut 10-32 threads into the slug. Then we screw the 10-32 threaded rod into the end of the slug. The eBook following this blog will have more detail on making the truss rod. I use plastic straws that are cut to length to keep the glue from getting to the treading. Using 2 straws for this process works out perfect. Tape the straw joint with Scotch Magic Tape to keep the wall of the plastic straw as thin as possible. Vaseline the threads for the adjustment nut and the bearing face of the nut to eliminate unnecessary friction when adjusting the truss-rod nut.

Black Cherry Vibe series

Black Cherry Vibe series at JCS Musical Instruments

Stage 3) Cutting out the neck blank.

Next we need to cut out the wood blank keeping a 16th of an inch from the pencil mark we made in stage 3 using the plastic template. I use a bandsaw to perform this task. Try and make four or five relief cuts so you do not have to cut a lot of curvature at one time around the headstock and the heel of the neck blank.

Tomahawk Guitars

Tomahawk Guitars using neck by JCSMI

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Stage 2) Neck wood selecting, thicknessing, template tracing

The first thing we need to do in the actual building process is to select a premium grade of wood for the neck blank. Next we need to bring the board down to the desired thickness using a drum sander or a shop planer. My total stack up for the neck thickness equals 1 inch. Next I trace out the neck profile using a pencil and the plastic neck profile template. Check out my Amazon store from time to time for some suggested products you may be lacking. The store makes for a good checklist of items to help you get the job done.

Guitar nut making at jcsmi.com



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Nut Making
Watch as a nut is processed and shaped from a bone blank to a semi-gloss nut.

FRETTING NECKS at jcsmi.com


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Fretting Necks:  LEARN THE TECHNIQUES INVOLVED in FRET BENDING, CUTTING, INSTALLING, SHAPING, BRINGING FINISHED FRETS TO A HIGH LUSTER AND MORE AT JCS MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.

Guitar Inlay and Side marker work at jcsmi.com

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Inlay work  at jcsmi.com
Learn the techniques involved in FRET & SIDE MARKER INLAY & more