■ PHOTO 4. Machining of the body
If you look closely at Photo 4,
you can see pencil lines on the
tape. The vertical line at a small
angle from vertical is for placement
of the bridge. The bass side of the
bridge must be offset an additional
1/8” for proper intonation. Photo 5
shows how the neck fits tightly into
In Photo 6, you can see I
drilled out the holes for the tuning
keys and mounted them. I also
drilled the four holes in the body
for the neck plate. This type of
guitar is referred to as a “bolt on
neck” guitar as opposed to a guitar
where the neck is glued
permanently to the body.
The four gold neck screws will
pass through a gold metal neck
plate, then through the body of the
guitar and into the wood of the
neck. You can also see in the photo
that I beveled all of the hard edges
on the body at a 45 degree angle.
This makes the guitar more
comfortable to play.
■ PHOTO 5.
Closeup of the neck
in the neck cavity
and adjacent neck
■ PHOTO 6. Fitting the neck to the body,
and the drilled and mounted tuning keys.
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