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Thread: Next up- 'AstroCaster' Ukulele build

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    Fretboard done and glueing to neck:
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    Finished shaping and sanding the neck, and made a bone nut today:
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    Got the body shape rough cut and the pickup & tremolo routs done on the front today:
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    I finished all the major routing today; just need to clean up the sides & round over the edges. Also modified the tremolo claw for 3 springs.
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    Made a mini neck plate today, finished all other drilling, and mounted the neck & tremolo today. The trem works just like it's supposed to, but I'll need to shorten the arm to keep it in scale.
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    First test of mechanical setup with strings attached. Everything works perfectly; well almost perfectly. When the strings are tuned to pitch, they would pull the nut off to the side of the fretboard. I wasn't sure that glueing it (like I normally do) would work, so I cut off a finishing nail to pin it in place. I also added a string tree to keep tension on the higher strings across the nut. The tremolo works great; I have it set to float about 1/16" above the body so I can change pitch higher or lower.
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    Body edges are rounded over, cable routes drilled, ready for finishing:
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    Started the wiring; made a template so I could do most of the soldering outside the body rather than working in that tiny control cavity:
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    Pickguard cut. What a tedious job; lots of back & forth fitting, filing & sanding. Looks nasty 'cuz the protective film is still on, which had my pattern glued to it.
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