First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by timtam » Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:07 am

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I'm currently struggling to find a bridge for this build. The original plan was a Staytrem, but I missed the boat on that. I'm after something Mustang-y but with a 9.5" radius. Currently my best bet looks like a Fender American Pro Jaguar bridge, does anyone have any experience with these? Looks reasonably close to a Staytrem so I'm surprised I haven't seen it mentioned more here, unless it has some terrible design flaw I'm unaware of?
The Am Pro bridge (7709942000) is the only current non-Staytrem choice for a Mustang-style bridge with 9.5" radius. But other than being Mustang-style it doesn't have any other Staytrem features. E-E string spacing is around 56mm, which may or may not suit your build. The newer Marr bridge (7712971000) is 7.25" radius and has the Staytrem's anti-sink bushings on the height posts, and should have 52mm E-E spacing.

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by solfege » Sat Dec 01, 2018 8:05 am

timtam wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 01, 2018 4:07 am
blimpage wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 01, 2018 3:47 am
I'm currently struggling to find a bridge for this build. The original plan was a Staytrem, but I missed the boat on that. I'm after something Mustang-y but with a 9.5" radius. Currently my best bet looks like a Fender American Pro Jaguar bridge, does anyone have any experience with these? Looks reasonably close to a Staytrem so I'm surprised I haven't seen it mentioned more here, unless it has some terrible design flaw I'm unaware of?
The Am Pro bridge (7709942000) is the only current non-Staytrem choice for a Mustang-style bridge with 9.5" radius. But other than being Mustang-style it doesn't have any other Staytrem features. E-E string spacing is around 56mm, which may or may not suit your build. The newer Marr bridge (7712971000) is 7.25" radius and has the Staytrem's anti-sink bushings on the height posts, and should have 52mm E-E spacing.
I have the Marr Bridge. It's good, but spacing is closer to 53mm. It is 7.25 too. I do like it though.

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by timtam » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:41 pm

Just saw the news that the Melbourne School of Guitar Making is winding up operations in early 2019 ...
https://www.facebook.com/Melbourne-Scho ... 695159442/

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by blimpage » Thu Dec 06, 2018 4:13 am

timtam wrote: ↑
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:41 pm
Just saw the news that the Melbourne School of Guitar Making is winding up operations in early 2019 ...
https://www.facebook.com/Melbourne-Scho ... 695159442/
Yep 😞 I probably won't be able to make it to enough classes to finish my build by the time they close up shop in January, but I talked to David and he said he has another workshop nearby where he'll be able to help current students finish up. I think he might start up another school (or something similar), but he didn't mention any solid plans yet.

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by blimpage » Sun Dec 30, 2018 3:23 am

Oh hey I have updates for this! Neck updates!

I radiused the fretboard using this funky router jig. 9.5"!

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Then cut the fret slots using this funky slotting jig.

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LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL FRETBOARD!

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Glued the fretboard to the neck.

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The fretboard was still oversized, so I spent a while filing and sanding it down flush with the edges of the neck. Then measured out where the fret dots will go.

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Gotta drill holes for the fret dots next. The school is closed for a few weeks over the holidays, so I won't be able to do anything until they're open again. In the meantime a bunch of parts have arrived in the mail, so I'll have lots to do when I'm able to get back at it!

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by Rgand » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:50 am

Nice job so far. That is a beautiful piece of wood in that fretboard. I do like the radius jig for the fretboard. Simple and to the point. You can't go wrong with that.

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by Rgand » Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:50 am

Rgand wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 30, 2018 8:50 am
Nice job so far. That is a beautiful piece of wood in that fretboard. I do like the radius jig for the router. Simple and to the point. You can't go wrong with that.

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by blimpage » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:52 am

Lots of updates! No action on the body, but lots on the neck.

Fret dots superglued in, and hey look the neck fits into the body!

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I drilled the tuner holes (after an excruciatingly long time spent measuring and double-checking), routed the headstock down to its proper thickness, and hammered the frets in! Then after slicing my finger on the side of a new fret, filed the fret ends down to a non-lethal angle πŸ˜„

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Sanded the end of the fretboard to the shape of the neck heel, with a 2-3mm overhang to cover up any future pickguard shaping mistakes.

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And then spent many hours shaping the back of the neck! Turning beautiful maple into beautiful maple shavings.

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Looks like a lot of quick progress, but this is 16 hours of hard work, doing things I've never done before with tools I've never used before. When looking through project threads I often take for granted how much work goes in to the cool shit I'm seeing from y'all - days like these put that into perspective! πŸ˜…

The instructors are fantastic, especially for explaining why you don't want to do certain things the way you might be inclined to. There's always a good reason that they learned the hard way ahead of time.

My bridge search has been resolved - I suddenly found myself with a spare Mastery bridge laying around, so I guess this guitar is getting that! I had already ordered that American Pro Jaguar bridge before that, so now I've got more bridges than I know what to do with. Guess I'd better build more guitars?

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by Rgand » Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:16 am

That is coming along beautifully. Great progress on that neck. You using spokeshaves to get it to the profile you want? I still have my grandfather's as well as his draw knives. My dad taught me how to use them when I was a kid and they're really useful. It wouldn't have occurred to me to use them for a neck but when I decide to tackle one, I'll get them out and put them to use.

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by blimpage » Sat Jan 12, 2019 3:30 pm

Rgand wrote: ↑
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:16 am
That is coming along beautifully. Great progress on that neck. You using spokeshaves to get it to the profile you want? I still have my grandfather's as well as his draw knives. My dad taught me how to use them when I was a kid and they're really useful. It wouldn't have occurred to me to use them for a neck but when I decide to tackle one, I'll get them out and put them to use.
Thank you!

Yep, my first time using spokeshaves and they work really well for neck shaping, in combination with some rasps and files. I've still got a bit of work to go in getting it to its final shape.

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Re: First time build! Going to school to build a Mustang

Post by 07hubbardj » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:05 pm

This is looking great, really nice work!

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