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Carving a recessed AANJ style heel.

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In carving out the recessed area around the heel, like you see on a satriani or PRS, what are some approaches to doing this?

Because of the concave shape, tools like surforms, rasps or even spoke-shaves can't get in there. The only thing I can think of is a small violin carving plane, or maybe the angle grinder trick.



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don't quite understand (duh) you mean how the back of the guitar is thinner around the neck pocket?

Not exactly. I'm talking about the carved out section in the cutaway, like Wes' guitar. (Thanks for the photos Wes). This is what I'm going for, but I'd like to get it to flow more smoothly, like this (ignore the dog in the background):


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