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Re-body of a Fender Rascal

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Andyjr1515    528

Hi

One of the smaller jobs that has been backing up for a while is a request to build a Fender Precision Lyte shaped body for Mike's rather splendid Fender Rascal.

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Mike likes the sound and the pickup options and the neck, but can't get on with the body shape.  So the idea is to do a reversible build of a Precision Lyte to fit everything onto.

Oh....and to incorporate some of this:

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It's timber from the last tree (an English Walnut) that his late friend, Mervyn, cut down during his youth-to-retirement career as an axeman.  What's more, Mike wrote a biography of Mervyn that was published a few years ago.  Fascinating stuff... 

So that's where this one's starting from :D

 

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Andyjr1515    528

So a quick up-to-present update.

This shape is what we're aiming for:

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First job was to get the find the best orientation of walnut and cut a suitable bookmatch top.  A friend, Rob, kindly did this for me on his 'proper' bandsaw:

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The Lyte is a much smaller body and is designed for a smaller headstock and longer scale (the Rascal is 30").  To make this reversible, meant seeing if it was possible to make a very thin walnut plate to double-side-tape fix on top of the existing headstock.  After a bit of careful cutting, sanding and bending, I managed to get this:

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Once it's sanded, that'll do :)

Then - how to fit the lipsticks, which are designed to be screwed onto a scratchplate?

Learning from the ultra-modern Psilos bass build...put them in from the back!  Spin off advantage is that it takes some weight out of the sapele back:

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From the top...

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The back also has a weight relief chamber cut into it:

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I'm using wenge constructional veneer (2mm) again as the demarcation.

Then glued up and trimmed:

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Still going to be a bit of a large headstock, but I'm sticking with this being fully reversible.  The walnut plate balances it out at least a touch:

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And then bringing right up to date as of an hour ago, the first rough carve begins:

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curtisa    465

Never heard of a Fender Rascal before. Does the heel on the Rascal also have the same expanded treble side as your new body does?

 

8 hours ago, Andyjr1515 said:

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I bet you got some interesting looks from the neighbours while you were taking that pic.

'Watch out lads, Andy's taking photos of fence posts again...'

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Andyjr1515    528

:lol:

No ref the neck heel @curtisa - I won't cut that to shape and size until I've worked out the back carve.

I want to taper the heel transition down to lessen the doorstop heel effect of such a thick body (necessary because of the depth of the 5-way) and haven't yet figured the best way so played safe on the basis of 'you can always take more off but you can't put it back' :lol:

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