Brian May Red Special Replica Build Part 47: Marrying The Body and Neck

Just as with a bridge and groom and marriages in manufacturing (e.g. a car chassis or monocoque with the drivetrain), joining a guitar body with its neck for the first time can be stressful and involve a lot of preparation! At this stage in the build, I have prepared the neck for black painting the fretboard and fitting to the body, repaired the body at the apexes of the neck mortise and made the section of purfling that covers the bottom of the neck heel as it meets the body by welding four strips of CAB (Cellulose Acetate Butyrate) plastic binding together with acetone, milling it to the correct thickness and rounding over the front edge. I fettled the body mortise and neck tenon to allow them to marry together to check the accuracy of fit; the largest source of error being the two sided CNC cut of the neck. The fit is largely satisfactory.

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