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FatStrings Shortscale Flying V Build

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by FatStrings, Nov 22, 2010.

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  1. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    This is my latest project that I'm building for a friend. It's basically a Gibson shape but built like a Fender. Bolt on slab neck and single coil pups. This is the first build that I'll make the neck too.

    It will be similar to my Strat bass dimension wise. Same neck width and scale. I even use a Musicmaster bridge. You can see my Strat bass build here

    Here's the CAD drawing that I'll be building to
  2. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Cherry was chosen for the body wood. The bass will most likely be painted so the grain isn't important. I really like working with cherry. It machines real nice and has a good medium density feel to it.

    This slab of rough cut American cherry was around $20 at my local hardwood supplier, Highland Hardwoods in Brentwood NH. They have several shelves full of 3-4' long cutoffs of many different species of woods. The place is like a candy store to me :p

  3. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    First I have to make an accurate template so that I can do a layout on the plank. This is thick poster board and I just mounted a pen in my machine to do the outline.


  4. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    I decided to layout the body halves like the original Gibson V's were. The grain will be at an angle to the center glue joint instead of parallel.


    I cut out the basic shape. It's starting to look like a Flying V already!

  5. subscribed.
  6. Hi.

    Great build.

    Totally OT, but I always love it when I see a Series I in anyones workspace. IMHO one of the best machines ever designed.

  7. moonshinegtrs

    moonshinegtrs Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 28, 2009
    White Bluff,Tn.
    Owner: Moonshine Custom Guitars

    Moonshine :bassist:
  8. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Thanks Sam :)

    Yeah. I love my Bridgeport mill! especially with the ProtoTRAK Edge control. Makes it a 2 axis conversational CNC. Quite handy.
  9. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    I don't have a jointer, and for this part of the build, a hand plane doesn't appeal to me much. So I put the cutout halves on my machine table and side mill the joint with a nice new sharp endmill. It gets a really straight and smooth cut.


    I decided to strengthen the body joint with a sort of biscuit. I mount the halves perpendicular to the machine table with a large angle block and mill out a 1/4" channel in each halve.

  10. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Another look at the milled out channel.


    Here I mill out the biscuit itself out of a scrap of the cherry. The two pieces will make one long wedge when glued in.

  11. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    It sits in like so


    This shape is kind of awkward to clamp while gluing. So I glued these scraps on to help out.

  12. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Body pieces ready for gluing.


    Here it is glued and clamped. I like to leave these things overnight when I can just to be safe.

  13. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    This already looks awesome.

    What will the pickups be like? Same as your Strat-style?
  14. giacomini


    Dec 14, 2008
    Florianopolis - Brazil
    Endorsing: Copetti Guitars

  15. very nice indeed, I will follow this :D
  16. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Yes, almost identical.

    Thank you!
  17. Subscribed. This looks like it will be an interesting build.
  18. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Ok, glue dried. I've cut off the clamping scraps, double sided tapped to the machine table and skimmed the top nice and flat with a fly cutter. Ready to profile the body shape.

  19. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Body profiled and my program center hole milled. This will help me find my center again, should I move the machine head in or out or if I happen to lose electricity while running a program ( happens ever so often around these parts).


    Got the Strat style input jack recess, control holes, bridge mounting holes and pickup ring holes in.

  20. FatStrings


    Nov 16, 2001
    Southern NH
    Added pickup recesses and the neck pocket. It's starting to look cool!!