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Sticking our necks out!

Discussion in 'Roscoe Basses' started by Gard, Jun 29, 2006.


  1. Gard

    Gard

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    OK, so, here's how a Roscoe neck is born, first a couple shots of one of our standard neck block (which yield ~5-6 neck blanks per block) just coming out of the gluing clamps:
     
  2. Gard

    Gard

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    A standard neck block "cleaned up", rough ends cut off, leveled out (joiner & planer):
     
  3. Gard

    Gard

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    Wedge neck blocks, on left 4/5 string block, maple/chechen/purpleheart/chechen/maple; on right 6 string block, maple/african tulipwood/purpleheart/african tulipwood/maple:
     
  4. Gard

    Gard

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    Wedge closeups, maple/chechen/purpleheart on left; maple/african tulipwood/purpleheart on right:
     
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  6. Gard

    Gard

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    Wenge wedge neck blocks - top/left side 4-5 string block, wenge/chechen/maple/chechen/wenge; bottom/right side 6 string block, wenge/yellowheart/maple/yellowheart/wenge:
     
  7. Gard

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    Wenge wedge closeups - left photo, wenge/chechen/maple; right photo, wenge/yellowheart/maple:
     
  8. Diego

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    Gard.-

    I'm loving your "photodocumentaries" of how a Roscoe bass comes to life! Not helping the GAS issue though.
     
  9. Gard

    Gard

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    OK, so, how do they go from blocks to blanks??? Like this -

    Here's Sanders squaring up and leveling a block:
     
  10. Gard

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    Here's the ubiqutious Sanders, starting to cut a neck blank out of the wenge wedge block:
     
  11. Gard

    Gard

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    And once more, Sanders cutting a blank from a block, different angle, and these are standard necks:
     
  12. Gard

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    One each wedge blanks, and then the blocks they came from.
     
  13. Gard

    Gard

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    Here are three "standard" blocks, with pencil lines to deliniate where the blanks will be cut. As you can see, these can be cut with the headstocks at either end, allowing a greater yield from each block, while the wedge necks all must be cut with the headstocks at the same end of the block.
     
  14. Joel B

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    Gard, that is so cool. Thanks
     
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    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Administrator

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  16. Gard

    Gard

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    JT, thanks! :)

    OK, new pics, this time, two views of 6 necks in our headstock jig (for gluing up matching headstocks):
     
  17. jimb213

    jimb213 Supporting Member

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    this is some cool stuff, gard! very educational! looks like fun work, too.
     
  18. Gard

    Gard

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    I'll make sure to tell the guys in the shop it "looks like fun" according to the TBers! ;)

    That means that since they're having fun and not working, we shouldn't pay them? :eek:

    ...wait, don't most people PAY to have fun??? :D :bag:
     
  19. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    Man, I knew it, you are a Master Genius :hyper:

    What if you guys pay us to have fun with your basses ??? :D

    ..... :scowl: ... sorry! :( ... I promise, I'll shut up!

    Mo'
     
  20. jimb213

    jimb213 Supporting Member

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    dude, if you make those guys quit before my bass gets done, I can't be held responsible for what might happen... :ninja:

    (most likely it'll be me crying in a corner)

    and who in the world ever said work couldn't be fun?!
     
  21. Gard

    Gard

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    ...and here's a new to some of you face, Jason, he's routing for the graphite rods in a neck blank, two views (2nd one you can see sawdust flying! :cool: ):
     

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