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7) Any serious woodworker knows you can never have too many
clamps, and here's a good example of why. Because the body on this
guitar is so wide (171/2"), I had to glue its sections separately; I did
the center first because it's the attachment point. I let the center
assembly dry for a day,
8) While the center was drying, I placed the top and bottom
"wings" in one jig (to save time and clamps), separated with a piece
of wax paper.
9) The neck blanks had a stock thickness of 13/4", which is perfect
for single-neck solidbodies - but not this guitar. Since purpleheart
is dense and heavy, I decided to reduce the guitar's overall weight by
milling the wings, body, and neck to 13/ 8". I used double-sided tape
to adhere plywood shims to the top and bottom of the neck blanks
so they'd be perfectly flat going through the planer.
10) After gluing the blanks to
the center section, I let them dry
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for a day, then cleaned all surfaces
with acetone and glued the center
section to the sides with aliphatic
glue. With projects that require so
much gluing, I allow several days for
joints to set; dried woods absorb a
lot of moisture from glue, so extra
cure time allows it to evaporate,
which stabilizes the joint and the
wood near it. After a few days, I
started finish-sanding using 120grit paper and working my way to
600-grit. All that remains is to route
for pickups, drill holes for controls
and hardware, and apply a finish.
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This was a challenging project,
but very rewarding. Any budding
luthier who decides to take on
something similar will learn a lot
of new skills along the way.
Will Kelly is a guitarist, repairman, and
the author of How to Build Electric Guitars.
He operates Hard Knocks Guitars in Cary,
North Carolina, where he has played
host to countless artists, instruments
and amplifiers. You can contact him at
WillKelly@nc.rr.com.

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