SG ukulele

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    donepearce Well-Known Member

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    Still looking great. I'm thinking a smaller volume knob might be a better fit. What do you reckon?
     
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    I agree, but I searched online for two days looking for a smaller reflector knob with no luck. Oh well, not everything on this uke is in scale anyway.
     
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    Edges chamfered today; photos show sanded and also with naptha.

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    Installed the 4mm MOP position markers on the fretboard. Glued in with water-thin superglue, then sanded flush to the board.

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    Drilled & tapped bridge for adjusting screws today.

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    You managed that without flaking the chrome (nickel?). That takes patience.
     
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    Patience and some cutting oil on the drill & tap...
     
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    I use Tap Magic. Have you tried that?
     
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    Yep, that's what I use; I got it at Walmart.
     
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    Well, one step back.... As I was routing the channel for the carbon fiber rod, the bit loosened up and poked through the back of the neck. I got some more material, made another neck blank, and was successful the second time around.

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    Got the neck roughed out today, and the neck pocket routed. I ended up with a pocket angle of 2.80˚ to keep the action fairly reasonable.

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    I see a truss rod access hole drawn on the paper, But I presume the carbon fibre rod was a better alternative, given how short the neck is.
     
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    Yes, that was my thinking. The headstock drawing was downloaded from an online plan.
     
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    Drilled headstock and glued up fretboard today.

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    I made a lot of progress on the neck today, including installing the frets, the side dots, and shaping the back of the neck.

    fretted neck.JPG side dots.JPG neck & body mock up A.JPG.JPG neck joint A.JPG neck joint B.JPG
     
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    Made a pick guard and a jack plate today, and installed the bridge studs (under yellow vinyl masking). Also ran a ground wire to one of the studs.

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    Here's a mock up so far:

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    Gluing neck:

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    Neck glued in, fret board taped off, and Behlen vinyl sealer applied. Next step is grain filling with Behlen Pore-O-Pac, a nasty job, but it will really highlight the wood grain under the transparent cherry color.

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