Necks

The making of John, Paul and George Burns: July 1996 – November 1997

Fingerboards:

English White Oak fingerboards were used for John and Paul. A Brazilian Rosewood fingerboard was used for George Burns. Fortunately I had in stock over a hundred Brazilian Rosewood fingerboards bought in the 1980s which were stable, dry and usually very beautiful looking and sounding. George Burns’ fingerboard with its spectacular chocolate and caramel swirls was one of the best from my stocks.

Fret slotting was done at Chris Kinman’s Brisbane factory. Chris Kinman, who has become well known around the world since the mid 90s with his innovative noiseless guitar pickups, has been a friend of mine for many years and has always been a very creative thinker, always left of centre and very good fun to be around. Chris was one of Australia’s best electric guitar makers in the 1970s and 80s but has put that aside now to concentrate solely on making guitar pickups. Fortunately for me, in 1996 Chris still had a factory full of guitar making equipment and didn’t mind me using his fret slotter.

Chris Kinman fret slotting machine #1

Chris Kinman fret slotting machine #1

fret slotting machine #2

fret slotting machine #2

fret slotting machine #3

The tiltable magnifying glass above allows for lining up the blade for jobs like cutting the zero slot back in towards the 1st fret 0.6mm. In the 1980s Chris suggested to me the idea of bringing in the zero fret shorter by 0.6mm and I have used that concept on all of my custom guitars since then. The brass guide with holes drilled sets the scale length

Brazilian rosewood fingerboard being slotted at Chris Kinman's workshop

Brazilian rosewood fingerboard being slotted at Chris Kinman’s workshop

Chris Kinman Nov 1996 #2

Chris Kinman Nov 1996 #2

why don't you pose for a photo Chris?

why don’t you pose for a photo Chris? smile….

Chris Kinman pickup winders Nov 1996 Brisbane

Chris Kinman pickup winders Nov 1996 Brisbane

Necks:

George's fingerboard being glued and clamped

George’s fingerboard being glued and clamped

4 neck blanks prepared and George Burns' body

4 neck blanks prepared and George Burns’ body

Sides of John's neck being milled straight and square

Sides of John’s neck being milled straight and square

Backs of necks drawn up before shaping

Backs of necks drawn up before shaping

Headstocks drawn up for tuning heads

Headstocks drawn up for tuning heads

George Burns' maystar inlaying #1

George Burns’ maystar inlaying #1

George Burns' maystar inlaying #2

George Burns’ maystar inlaying #2

John, Paul and George's necks

John, Paul and George’s necks

Paul's neck - finishing fretwork

Paul’s neck – finishing fretwork

Paul's neck with completed fretwork

Paul’s neck with completed fretwork