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  • How to (not) Build the Body of an SG-style Guitar

    First of all it is always good to research FIRST.Using just ANY type of wood is first mistake and second,not using the proper size billet is your second mistake.Also,you need to make some serious measurements before taking a saw to your lumber.If your using a square or rectangular billet,the straight edge is your main guide to laying out your neck mount pocket which should be #1 step.If your neck is not lined up to your bridge and pickups...your wasting your time right from the start.You need to know how deep your neck pocket needs to be in relationship to the body surface.After you are sure you have the neck pocket properly laid out,then you cut and fit your neck into place.Fine tune as necessary if you have not chopped too much out already.Removing bit by bit is easier than adding...c...

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    First of all it is always good to research FIRST.Using just ANY type of wood is first mistake and second,not using the proper size billet is your second mistake.Also,you need to make some serious measurements before taking a saw to your lumber.If your using a square or rectangular billet,the straight edge is your main guide to laying out your neck mount pocket which should be #1 step.If your neck is not lined up to your bridge and pickups...your wasting your time right from the start.You need to know how deep your neck pocket needs to be in relationship to the body surface.After you are sure you have the neck pocket properly laid out,then you cut and fit your neck into place.Fine tune as necessary if you have not chopped too much out already.Removing bit by bit is easier than adding...cant be done.Once your neck is in the body,you then can measure everything else.Remember the distance from the NUT to the bridge saddles are key...numbers I think are in the 25" area.Always best to use a guitar of good quality to make your measurements.Now you have the neck/pickup/bridge perfectly measured out in relationship with the neck.Now you can rout out and drill the hardware cavities.It is good to start this way as you have excess wood outside your main shape to mount templates to.Router guides are a must and I screw my guides to outer areas of main body shape as they are going to be waste later anyhow.Now your cavities are done and everything is in proper measurement right? All based on where the neck is mounted.Now you can mark out your shape since a mistake here does not affect how the guitar will play...purely cosmetic.Being a wood worker has nothing to do with any of this stuff.I had a pro cut the shape for me and he automatically decided to sand the front surface which later I discovered changed my neck pocket depth just a bit too much.It can be easily fixed as I only need to rout out the neck pocket deeper to compensate for the main surface that was removed...but it made a huge difference setting up the action.

    Go to your music store and measure it yourself.

    Here is a small sample and perspective for anyone planning to build a guitar...there are no short cuts ,cheap or easy ways unless you want a decoration :) Just trying to help as this was my first time and came out great with some minor tweaks.http://s430.photobucket.com/user/N2NXZ/slideshow/Guitar%20build

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  • JimZ7 commented on msuzuki777's instructable Arduino Ublox GPS3 years ago
    Arduino Ublox GPS

    Remember,the GPS pictured above is 9600 baud not 4800.Make sure you set your device to use 9600 :)You can reconfigure the baud using U-Center software on Ublox website.An FTDI programmer works perfectly for this.

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