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sycamore
Posted 2021-06-18 6:38 AM (#555741)
Subject: Non-Ovation DIY lap steel md


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Location: Cork, Ireland
HI all

I've been modifying my DIY 6-string non-pedal guitar with a wider fretboard - maple with inlaid mahogany frets.

[url]https://1drv.ms/u/s!Ahfhrrb-UXCanVT8_snogz4h_Ss5?e=9fpnVc

I now have room for more strings and/or wider string spacing, Dimensions are below, and I think I have access to a set of nut files. What would you do?

Existing nut: width 45mm
Existing bridge: width 50mm
Old board was tapered to match the nut and bridge
New board 60mm wide at the nut, 90mm 24th fret
Scale length 577.85mm (23.75")
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seesquare
Posted 2021-06-18 9:06 AM (#555745 - in reply to #555741)
Subject: Re: Non-Ovation DIY lap steel md


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Location: Pacific Northwest Inland Empire
Looks good, so far. So, you are considering additional strings? How will you alter the peghead, for more tuning machines?
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sycamore
Posted 2021-06-30 4:13 AM (#555795 - in reply to #555741)
Subject: Re: Non-Ovation DIY lap steel md


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Location: Cork, Ireland
I decided against extra strings. Strings are now parallel i.e. same spacing at nut and bridge
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sycamore
Posted 2021-06-30 4:17 AM (#555796 - in reply to #555741)
Subject: Re: Non-Ovation DIY lap steel md


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sycamore
Posted 2021-06-30 4:17 AM (#555797 - in reply to #555796)
Subject: Re: Non-Ovation DIY lap steel md


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sycamore
Posted 2021-06-30 4:24 AM (#555798 - in reply to #555741)
Subject: Re: Non-Ovation DIY lap steel md


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There are a few repairs to the fretboard(e.g. an extra dot marker at fret 6) so I may have another go at it. Board is actually in two pieces. the slot for fret 12 got messed up so it became a joint instead. I may replace the scratch plate (beech) with another piece of maple, possibly make it continuous with the fretboard, but removable for pickup maintenance
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