verhoevenc Posted March 31, 2010 Report Share Posted March 31, 2010 Ok, so I'm wanting to expand on the Teuffel birdfish and the Toone Unineck designs. I like the idea of swappable parts... but dislike what I see in Tueffel/Toone's work as disregard for the body's tone impact. Teuffel has those bars... which I don't think is enough, and Toone makes these airy, no-sided things for his Uninecks that I can't see as doing anything tonally. Therefore, I want to make swappable bodies and neck where the body actually plays a role! And I figured, why not make swappable pickup assemblies too then (hence the questions about CAT5 wire, routing, etc.)?!?! But I've hit a sort of wall though... I want these swappable parts to work with both my doublecut and singlecut shapes. When you carve the neck to fit a singlecut it looks great: However, when you throw it into a doublecut you have a PRS sized bleh heel! And you can't carve it in any further... or when you throw it back into the singlecut it won't work: Technically this works and isn't any worse than a lot of production guitars... however, I'm not a factory and this isn't a defeat I'd like to accept. So I came up with another idea. If I continued the carve INTO the pocket and squared off the heel inside the body, then it wouldn't matter what the shape of the body is, there will NEVER be a heel! So the neck carve would continue into the body, and then once hidden, square off for bolting on like this pocket shows (it has to go in at least a 1/4" I'd guess so that the short endgrain pieces surrounding the carve don't break off): As a side note, the bathtub route is to accommodate all the different pickup assemblies. You'd swap out square "pickguards" with a simple plug in/plug out process. These show it a bit better. HOWEVER, this leads to yet ANOTHER problem. The neck area around the last fret/neck pickup is EXTREMELY weak looking!!! So it seems that down any path I take a run into SOME sort of problem. Does anyone have any ideas that may help this heel issue? Feel free to tackle/talk about either option if you have fix ideas for one or the other. Chris Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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