Guitar Guide - how trace accurate outlines (also downloadable template)

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Guitar Guide - how trace accurate outlines (also downloadable template)

Post by Amon 7.L » Thu Jun 25, 2020 1:56 am

Hi guys,
as I'm about to make a new discovery entry in the JAG-STANG Prototype thread in which I'm going to ask for your help, I though I might as well provide a quick and easy DIY instruction guide to ease up the process.

I know there's plenty of information online about how to accurately trace a body, but I'm seeing a lot people here looking for templates and/or retro-engineering old instruments, so why not put a standard A4 template in order for anyone to have a common sheet that it's ease to be scanned, shared and then digitalised with better approximation even for those who don't have pin routers or anything hi-tech to do the job?

Here's a simple guide:
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For the inner routes, this is the quickest way I can think of:
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I made this A4 template to printed as many times as needed to make a bigger sheet.
As long as you use a low tack tape, you'd be able to separate the single sheets to be scanned individually and ease to be shared and re-drawn via AutoCAD as a full assembly and combined with the rest of the guitar's parts.
Just make sure to overlap the black crosses and print it on 1:1 scale to match the 10mm/1inch references.
I've also put extra crossing in order to ease up the job of tracing the central line.
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You can download the A4 pdf template here:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/bo9odfpt8xhry ... 0.pdf?dl=0
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Re: Guitar Guide - how trace accurate outlines (also downloadable template)

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:47 am

Fantastic post!! It's the little stuff like this that I love seeing!!!
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Re: Guitar Guide - how trace accurate outlines (also downloadable template)

Post by Amon 7.L » Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:04 am

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Thu Jun 25, 2020 2:47 am
Fantastic post!! It's the little stuff like this that I love seeing!!!
Thank you Jason!
I hope it's gonna be helpful :)

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Post by gjn » Thu Jun 25, 2020 4:16 am

Very clever little jig for the pencil. Wish you'd posted this last week! ;) Good job.

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Post by Rgand » Sun Jun 28, 2020 5:26 am

What a good thread. This is something I can use in the future. Thanks for these ideas.

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Post by mbene085 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:53 am

Great ideas there, but one modification I'd make to the sliced-open pencil would be to put a piece of painter's tape along the flat cut side (and trim the excess), so that you're not dragging exposed graphite all across your guitar body.

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Re: Guitar Guide - how trace accurate outlines (also downloadable template)

Post by Shadoweclipse13 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:30 am

mbene085 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:53 am
Great ideas there, but one modification I'd make to the sliced-open pencil would be to put a piece of painter's tape along the flat cut side (and trim the excess), so that you're not dragging exposed graphite all across your guitar body.
I was thinking exactly that myself. Otherwise the pencil trick is killer hack!!!!
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Re: Guitar Guide - how trace accurate outlines (also downloadable template)

Post by Amon 7.L » Mon Jun 29, 2020 11:12 am

Shadoweclipse13 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 4:30 am
mbene085 wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 1:53 am
Great ideas there, but one modification I'd make to the sliced-open pencil would be to put a piece of painter's tape along the flat cut side (and trim the excess), so that you're not dragging exposed graphite all across your guitar body.
I was thinking exactly that myself. Otherwise the pencil trick is killer hack!!!!
Thanks guys.

I never encounter such a problem with the exposed graphite, I guess it wouldn't be living any marks on a poly finish.
At least nothing you can simply wipe off with wet rag.
Using painter's tape would transfer an outline that is offset from the body of the thickness of said tape. This too won't be a problem whatsoever as long as you take that thickness into account when cutting the shape to the final profile.

I never tested it but I think a simple solution could be to protect the exposed graphite with a few coats of shellac or clear varnish, right?

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