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FDP Forum / Guitar Mods, Repairs, and Projects / Neck shaping time. Tadeo Gomez impersonation.

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Leftee
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May 18th, 2019 02:51 PM   Edit   Profile  

Groovy!

Achase4u
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May 18th, 2019 02:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

A few pics.

Dropbox of pics.

Leftee
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May 18th, 2019 02:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

Neck pron!

Achase4u
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May 18th, 2019 03:52 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yea mang! It's shweeet!

littleuch
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May 18th, 2019 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

Excellent! I custom ordered a Strat boat neck with 6105 frets, compound radius, 21 frets, adjust at heel. I was a little overwhelmed by the carve (not the depth, I love 1" baseball bats). Just too "boatish". So I sanded by hand and just took off a bit. It turned out really well, amazing how a little tweak gets it "there". I finished it with shellac and strapped it onto a new Fender Player HSH.



Mick Reid
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May 18th, 2019 04:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Nice work Aaron! That neck was very "clubby".

I've only reshaped a (strat) neck once and did it all by hand. I only took it down about 1+mm from 1st fret to where the shoulder of the heel starts.
That little bit made a big difference.

I used a 2-1/2" length of 3" sch 40 PVC pipe cut lengthwise for a sanding block. The inside radius of the pipe helped minimise getting flat spots.

I think I started with 120 grit and worked down to 400.


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Planet Peegoo

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May 18th, 2019 05:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

NICE work, brother.

Glad that neck will see more action after your modifications!

wrnchbndr
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May 19th, 2019 07:11 AM   Edit   Profile  

But,...
Can the neck still be weaponized in a zombie apocalypse?

I'm totally freaked at the prelinimary steps to carving necks until I actually start carving and then I get pulled into the zen faster than any other thing.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 19th, 2019 12:05 PM   Edit   Profile  

Shaping a neck or a body certainly is a "zone" thing, like shaping a surfboard. When you're done, it's hard to remember all the details because the mind sort of disconnects from the hands.

Perhaps a better description is the mind *becomes* the hands. It's weird.

Achase4u
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May 19th, 2019 12:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Excellent! I custom ordered a Strat boat neck with 6105 frets, compound radius, 21 frets, adjust at heel. I was a little overwhelmed by the carve (not the depth, I love 1" baseball bats). Just too "boatish". So I sanded by hand and just took off a bit. It turned out really well, amazing how a little tweak gets it "there". I finished it with shellac and strapped it onto a new Fender Player HSH."

The boat is an interesting carve at Warmoth. It's slightly edgy or something to me. Most necks now get minimal hand work off the CNC before finishing. I think in the older days, because you had to shape it all by hand, you just felt it along and kept going. That's why so many hand shaped necks are blended and softer I think.

Glad it turned out!

Achase4u
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May 19th, 2019 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Nice work Aaron! That neck was very "clubby".

I've only reshaped a (strat) neck once and did it all by hand. I only took it down about 1+mm from 1st fret to where the shoulder of the heel starts.
That little bit made a big difference.

I used a 2-1/2" length of 3" sch 40 PVC pipe cut lengthwise for a sanding block. The inside radius of the pipe helped minimise getting flat spots.

I think I started with 120 grit and worked down to 400."

Thanks!

1mm can make a BIG difference in neck feel.

400 is very smooth! I usually do to 220 on bodies and necks. If I feel sexy I'll do 320...

Achase4u
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May 19th, 2019 12:29 PM   Edit   Profile  

"NICE work, brother.

Glad that neck will see more action after your modifications!"

Thank you my friend! This has been a great learning experience and the carve turned out better than I could imagine!

Achase4u
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May 19th, 2019 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

"But,...
Can the neck still be weaponized in a zombie apocalypse?

I'm totally freaked at the prelinimary steps to carving necks until I actually start carving and then I get pulled into the zen faster than any other thing."

I mean, this is the carve affectionately known as the "baseball bat" shape, so I am guessing yes, it can be weaponized.

You have to get into a flow. The arms and hands keep moving, updating the brain on the shape as it's changing. The eyes guiding the hands. If you dibble dabble, its not a good sign. Gotta concentrate and go for it. Then the Zen happens.

Achase4u
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May 19th, 2019 12:31 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Shaping a neck or a body certainly is a "zone" thing, like shaping a surfboard. When you're done, it's hard to remember all the details because the mind sort of disconnects from the hands.

Perhaps a better description is the mind *becomes* the hands. It's weird."

Very true.

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May 20th, 2019 10:06 AM   Edit   Profile  

I'm doing a lot of octave mandolin and mandola conversions every time I can get my hands on one of those 3/4 or 7/8 size strats. At the nut, the neck gets narrowed by about 1/4". I've done something similar with a pair of baritone necks from Warmoth to make shortscale basses. My primary tool of destruction has always been a belt sander with an 80grit belt. The belt sander doesn't care about frets in the slightest.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 20th, 2019 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

That is precisely how Fender did it in the early days. After the frets were pulled into the slots, the ragged edges of the fretwire were belt sanded flush with the neck.

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Planet Peegoo

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May 20th, 2019 12:21 PM   Edit   Profile  

Here's some video of Gomez doing neck work.

Breathtaking!

Gaukdawg

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May 21st, 2019 06:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

Carolyn Jones (Morticia) = very beautiful woman

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Planet Peegoo

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May 21st, 2019 07:34 AM   Edit   Profile  

Oh yeah.

Achase4u
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May 21st, 2019 11:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

lol. You guys.

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