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theres a few guitars i want to build soon.. first will probably use a back routed strat type body, two active seymour humbuckers, schaler trem system, probably 1 volume, 1 tone PER pickup.. 25.5" scale neck 24 jumbo frets, 6 to a side headstock designed by me.. soloist contour neck (via templates), and a radiused fingerboard... would be neck-thru with maple neck, alder body... probably flat black paint job.. rosewood fingerboard... itll probably come out like a mix between jackson soloist and esp M-II with custom hardware... second project i have lined up, a les paul style, 24.75" scale 3x3 headstock.. you know, your basic probably mahogany bodies les paul, routed for P-90 pickups, no pickguard.. not much more to describe about that.. and third, i was thinking of going something baritone, i do love the sound of a baritone electric guitar.. i was wondering though, i already found the tools for compound radiusing fretboards, to properly shape any contour neck, pickup cavities, i however, cannot find templates for a king V body which id love to found.. preferably perfect 100% accurate drawings, or an already manufactured router template?... also, i was toying with the idea of possibly making les paul carved top templates that would have a lip on them to fit the pickup cavity or something properly positioned on the les paul body.. have a set of these though that work like a topographical map.. routing a certain depth of the body off in increments, so once routed the surface of the les paul body would look like steps which can then by filed flat for the perfect les paul carved top contour.. any ideas on this?

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May I suggest an ebony finger board with the flat black paint job, just a suggestion, rosewood boards have always looked really brown against flat black to me. But it sounds pretty cool, Iv'e heard a million good things about schaller trems, never used one though. Good luck. :D

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good point.. i found these fingerboard templates and this piece you can put any two radius templates into, run through a planer, and itll give you any compound radius on the fingerboard that you want.. looks really cool
Not sure how that would work since a planer knife is a straight edge? Would have to see that to believe it. :D

No way a straight edge is going to give a radius, maybe an tapered flat surface using a sled but not a radius?

Just trying to understand this unless the knives are made like a shaper to cut the radius as well.

MK

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good point.. i found these fingerboard templates and this piece you can put any two radius templates into, run through a planer, and itll give you any compound radius on the fingerboard that you want.. looks really cool
Not sure how that would work since a planer knife is a straight edge? Would have to see that to believe it. :D

No way a straight edge is going to give a radius, maybe an tapered flat surface using a sled but not a radius?

Just trying to understand this unless the knives are made like a shaper to cut the radius as well.

MK

Even if the knives were like a shaper, it wouldn't produce a compound radius. You've got my curiosity up, could you give some more specifics?

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might have used a large belt sander.. its been a long time since i seen it, but ill try to find a link for it..

and for the rosewood fingerboard on flat black it gives a nice contrast of color into the instrument, ebony on flat black looks very bland, so i was going for a dark brown look...

one idea i had for my own compound radiused jig... is to make a full length cone to the radius neccessary, cover with sand paper, then grind a concave board of that exact radius which can be lined with rough sandpaper, attached to a short travel reciprocating motor.. clamped over the fingerboard, and then it should grind the compound radius desired with the push of a button.. good for multiple pieces if you were going to make many.. or i could just learn to do it the right way by hand using two radius blocks on each end then using a rasp to blend them together

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imagine this... you have a table belt sander.. but underneath you put down a board which will work as the jig 25.5" apart, or whatever your scale length is going to be.. with sections at each end to add a concave piece of metal shaped to the radiuses you will use for your compound radius fingerboard... when pressure is applied to the belt at both ends, it gets pressed into these radiused jig/template pieces and the surface of the belt sand then takes a compound radius shaped depending on the radius jigs you use on each end.. so to use it, you just press a fingerboard blank face down into the sander, and itll take the shape of the compound radius you decide upon..

this is what the jigs i found were for, but you can make them yourself easily using a compass (that angle drawing mechanism with a point on one end, pencil on another to draw the shape onto a thin (maybe 1/2 inch) block of steel.. cut it out with a drill press (or time and a dremel).. and voila, you have the radiused jigs for a table sander... i think thats what ill do instead of buying a custom fingerboard, maybe consider some cool looking exotic wood for the fingerboard

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