GUITAR BUILD UPDATE!

OK so it’s been a while since I had any time to work on the Synchrocaster but there has been some progress…

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…The tone chamber routing template has been cleaned up and fixed to the front of the body….let routing commence!!!…

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…as you can see there is a LOT of material to be taken out of the tone chamber sections of the guitar! At this point the guitar’s top has been matched and glued, when it’s dry i’ll get some snaps of that too but for now the neck needed some attention…

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…as you can see from these pics the headstock transition has been smoothed out and shaped to my liking. I like the feel of  mid 60’s Jazzmaster necks so there is a tip of the hat to those here…

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…the headstock face was originally intended to be paint-matched to the body but i’m really digging the grain pattern in the maple so maybe this one’s just gonna get some stain!

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…the heel transition has also been cleaned-up and sanded, the heel end has been left rough for now until i make the pocket routing template.

So that’s where i’m up to right now, since the last update the Bigsby, mustang bridge and pickups have arrived!..once i have excavated the tone chambers fully i can lay everything out for a sort of super-dry fit together!

Stay tuned!!!

TFM

2 comments

    1. Hi, as far as i am aware there are no “official” templates available for the Bigsby headstock. As all the original guitars were “1-off’s” built by Paul himself he drew up templates for each guitar and these are owned by a private collector.
      I created my template from the many photos that exist of the original guitars.
      If you are looking to put a Bigsby-esque guitar together you should seek out a copy of Paul Bigsby:Father of the modern electric guitar or check out the site The Bigsby Files.

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