This could be git related or not. So, what's on your workbench at the moment?

I have 4 scarf joint necks in different stages of work.

A 25" scale pine 5 string neck for a Banjo-Res, A 25" scale Red Oak neck for my 6 string Strat-Res build, A 24 & 1/2" scale Red Oak neck for my 6 string Double Cut Tele build and a 27" scale 6 string Baritone Conversion neck for a Modern Strat body I have.

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Normal isn't any fun, carry on and keep the pictures coming!

Will, that's that's the stuff I'm talking about. The masonite will only be used as a pickguard. Kinda like the plastic that's on a fender that no one mentions when they talk about sustain. :) The same PVC plastic they make water and sewer pipes from. 

BrianQ, LOVE Danelectro. But this will be a rectangle. Nothing that cool. I've only seen them in person. Never had the chance to play one. Top and back are ply. Top is 3/16 and back is 3/4. Because it'll have potted pickups I'm not to worried about the acoustic sound. 

Paul, pine and it's all scraps and stuff I've gotten free over the years. Even that 80+ year old door is pine.  Some really rough plywood. Be doing a lot of sanding and playing with wood filler. Can't complain. Love these 0$ bodies. Even the masonite is free. Came out of an old dresser I got off the street on trash night. 

MadGomer, Normal isn't fun at all. I tried doing a sunburst finish. Light pink to a pastel blue. Wanted some 1950's color. But in a different look. Didn't have the pop I was hoping for. 

Got the scroll saw set up and blade stretching. Hope to get the last of the body cut out. Around the neck and strap button branch. Get the top pickup hole cut out and drill all the pot and jack holes. Then get the pickguard cut out. I've learned that when making a pattern for a scroll saw always make it in red. That way you'll never have to worry about a shadow line. 

The pickups are in a slightly different position than on a regular strat. The neck pickup is down about an inch farther towards the bridge. The middle pickup is a more than a pickup width closer to the bridge as well. 

Last pick before the lid is glued shut. Some explanations. The bottom left corner. That extra piece of ply sticking out from the bottom is for extra support for the jack. Top right. Extra piece of ply here is to glue the top side on. It'll go around the strap branch and around the old door wood. There's more than enough room for the Fender pickups. Didn't have to grove out the old door wood. The badly cut out elongated hole in the back is for accessing all the pots and jack.

Top all but being crushed waiting for the glue to dry. Still haven't decided what this guitar is going to look like. Think I'm more excited to hear it. Be using the bridge and neck pickups out of a set of Fender 69's. Be kinda fun to hear what it'll sound like without the reversed wound mid pickup. 

I'm with you, much more eager to hear the sound than applying the finish. My first CBG went unfinished for several years while being played here and there. Finally cleaned it up and applied clear lacquer to it. Boring yes, but after all those years I got attached to the plain and simple look of it.

MadGomer, my go to CBG is a plain black cigar box. I've played on it so much all the paper trims that came with it are gone. There's a big difference between a real cigar box and a plywood box. A cigar box looks great on it's own. Plywood needs all the help it can get. : )

When I built my work bench I had all the intentions of drilling dog leg holes in it. Decided against it. With a few clamps and pieces of scrap wood I can get the same level of clamping strength. And I have a work bench with no holes in it. Pic shows using the slotted table end clamp to hold the guitar body in place. Shaping the playing end for a more comfortable fit. Will do the same on the back for both standing and sitting comfort. Learned my lesson when I built my 'Cosmic Glider'. All those sharp edges.


I do like the clamp setup you're using, looks like just the ticket for building boxes!

Ran through Home Depot for a couple sheets of CDX & look what I just saw :D

Nice BrianQ! This stuff is easy to cut on a scroll saw. Probably not the best for wear and tare. But any abuse will only end up making the guitar look better. 

Sanding the wood filler off this body will be ready for painting. This is the first guitar I made without a solid idea of what it's supposed to look like when finished. May just grab some acrylic paints and go at it. 

The bass coat of paint isn't dry on my third ply box and I'm already starting a forth. This one will have the other CB Gitty neck. And feature two humbuckers spaced for a fender style bridge. Other changes will be a 1/2 ply back and bottom. And the body will be an inch shorter. 

This wont be a totally black guitar when it's done. Shown in the pic is my favorite finish sanding tools. Scotch scrubber pads. They work great on wood too.

Yea, those scotch pads are definitely a go to, i use the fine ones to smooth out necks, I recommend them to anyone who hasn’t tried them,also good on metal? That’s shaping up real good Cause, thanx for sharing :)

They are good for shining up metal, haven't tried them on wood yet but I bet they're good

Some people have issues hitting knobs with their pick/picking hand when knobs are placed below the picking area. Is that going to be a problem for you?


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