Building my Electric Guitar


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Building My Electric Guitar - The Neck Pocket

 

Next, I needed to figure in the guitar's neck angle. Gibson guitars, which I was basing this construction on, have the neck slightly non-parallel to the top surface of the body. This angle varies between 2 and 3.5 degrees. In my case, since I was going off of my Gibson Melody Maker, I figured out that its neck angle was 2 degrees.

 

So in order to get this angle, I placed a piece of scrap wood aprox. 1/2 inch thick under the far side of the two 3/4" guide boards. Below is a photo that explains it much better.

 

Building my electric guitar - making the neck pocket

 

 

Notice in this photo how the guide boards on this end of the body are slightly raised off the surface. This is the neck angle that will be routed out by this jig.

Once I had the two side boards of the jig where I wanted them, I then clamped them down, but I had to set the clamps far enough away from the neck pocket to insure that they wouldn't get in the way of the router. Below is a photo.

Building my electric guitar - Mahogany wood

 


 

Here is another view of the clamps so you get the idea.

 

Building my Electric Guitar - Mahogany wood

Building my Electric Guitar

 

Next page: More Making the Neck Pocket

 

 

 



 
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