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Make a guitar neck with CNC

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This project by John Williams shows how you can make a guitar neck using a home-built CNC machine. John built the CNC machine with plans and a kit from HobbyCNC.com. (Check out www.cnczone.com for free plans). The software used was: Rhino 3D to design the neck, MeshCAM to generate the tool paths for the maching process and TurboCNC to operate the machine.

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Leadscrew bearings

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The plans are not very clear how the leadscrew should be supported or connected to the motors. I have decided to use the same skateboard bearings for the leadscrew bearing. These bearings are really designed to take forces perpendicular to the axis of rotation, but can deal with some force along the axis of rotation (like thrust bearings). The bearings are mounted in a square of HDPE plastic. The holes in the bearing mount are spaced using the NEMA 23 motor specification to allow the stepper motors to be attached eventually.

Build a home made CNC machine (JGRO router)

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This project describes how to make a CNC (computer numerical control) machine that could be used to make guitar parts. CNC may not always be the most efficient way to make guitar parts (a band saw and pin router is often the most sensible way to do guitar woodwork) but they are a flexible way to convert complicated 3D computer designs into reality. A good discussion about the role of CNC in guitar making was posted over at project guitar .

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Warmoth

Warmoth Guitar Products, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of electric guitar and bass parts, especially for small scale manufacturers, custom builders, and amateur constructors.

Warmoth makes guitar and bass parts to the specifications of the customer. You can choose from various styles of guitar including Stratocaster and Telecaster, and various styles of bass including J-Bass and P-Bass. Unique choices in materials and construction are available for all parts of the guitar, but you will have to assemble them yourself as they don't sell complete instruments. You can see guitars and basses made from Warmoth parts in the photo gallery on their web site

LANDOLA

The Landola guitars brand was established  by the Mattson Brothers in Jakobstad, Finland in 1942. Their first factory-made guitar was launched after the end of the Second World War in 1946. Their company was originally called Munkers. In the following years the company changed names and ownership, but its customers always knew it as Landola.

The 1950s saw stiff competition from other European / Scandinavian guitar brands, but Landola managed to flourish. Production at the factory was nearly 3000 guitars per year during the early 1950s. In the sixties the company participated for the first time in the Frankfurt Music Fair. The success Landola had at the fair pushed the company to start its export to United States, Canada and Europe.            

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