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Final-shaping a neck with files and scrapers


Issue 198 August 29, 2013



Neck shaping a neck is all about feel. Chelsea Clark learned from Dan Erlewine, and by honing her skills on abandoned "project guitars" found on Craigslist and eBay. Chelsea gives a good intro to shaping a great-playing neck.
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About the guitar in this video: This is a custom seven string, with a finished body ready for parts.It came into Dan's shop with a roughed-in neck, still in need of final shaping for comfort before finishing.

blankIn this Trade Secrets Video:
  • checkmarkThree files take this from rasp-rough to nearly complete
  • checkmarkThree scraper shapes chosen for smoothing
  • checkmarkSolving the problem of super glue lumps
  • checkmarkFinal sanding with 320- and 600-grit paper

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