Working on my latest build, got a nice piece of mahogany for the neck (first time using something other than box-store lumber), and a piece of bocote for the fretboard. Working on a more stylized headstock with a three-in-line tuner setup, on an angle so the strings come straight off the peg and across the nut and down the neck.

Got the headstock all set up and measured where the pegs would go at least four or five times. Drilled the holes...and damned if they're a different distance apart from each other. Like, a good half an inch difference between the first and second, and the second and third. ARGH.

Fortunately I was able to cut the headstock off and set up a new version with a reversed scarf joint. Seems to be working...but now I'm really thinking I just need to set up a template for tuning pegs.

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Comment by Sean Murphy on June 17, 2019 at 1:19pm

I measured the centerline of the strings and then offset where the holes would go by the radius of the tuning peg. I think somehow I flipped the side on one of the measurements when I was marking front and back.

Oh well. Learning experience!

Comment by Will "KOOL DOG HOOCH" Bonner on June 17, 2019 at 6:13am

Did you measure and lay out for the center or side of the tuner? Its an obvious question I know, but apparently it's a common error. I'm not an expert by a long shot. I almost made that mistake when I laid mine out, but I read someone's reply to a similar situation and I hadn't drilled yet!

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