You may recall the pink Danelectro DC-2 Cancer Killer I customized for a friend. I had so much fun working on it and playing it I had to procure a Danelectro for myself.
Someone stuck a decal of a half-nekkid woman on it. I covered it up in Photoshop because I cannot stand it. It's just too crass and lame imho. It will be removed soon.
If it was like "Peace" or "Rock Out" or the flag of some cool country, I might have left it.
A previous owner had also stuck a guitar synthesizer pickup on it, and then removed it. So I have 2 holes I'll be filling.
Bzzzt whirrrr! goes the drill.
One good think about poly finishes is that they're pretty much indestructible, so the decal didn't leave any marks.
I didn't shim my friend's guitar, but it could be improved a tad with a shim. When I see the guitar again I may shim it.
At any rate, I had already decided I would shim this one. Clearly someone beat me to it - but WAIT! I'm going to cook up a slightly more elegant shim.
Now, this is not my idea exactly. I recently saw where Stew-Mac is offering nice wood neck shims. I thought about getting some, but I realized they're really shaped for Fender neck pockets and the Danelectro is a different shape.
Plus, they're $14 for 2 of them, I said to myself, "Self, surely you could make your own exactly to suit your guitar!"
Fourteen bucks? Really? I love Stew-Mac and own tons of their tools but that's crazy money. You gotta stop somewhere.
Set a 1 degree angle on our Incra miter gauge.
You can see in the foreground I have a wood fence bolted to the miter gauge to keep the maple block on target as it gets cut. So the block is actually 1 degree off square in relation to the blade.
You can see the mark I made indicating where to start the cut. The cut will go from that 'wide' end on a 1 degree angle down to virtually no width at the wood fence end.
I did the maths to calculate all of this. Don't want to bore you - just find a triangle equation calculator online. One angle is 90 degrees, one is 1 degree, and one side for me was 5 inches long. From that you'll get how much the width to start the cut will be (ok, it was like 0.1 inch).
The maple is that nice flamed piece I found at Home Despot (!) to make the frame for Amp 42 from. (I built that amp 6 years ago! Wow.)
You can see the triangle shape cross-section better (I think) in this shot. Easier to show than describe.
Looks like a very thin slice of maple cheese.
It's a bit more elegant than putting a piece of electrical tape, a guitar pick, or cardboard in there.
I could probably market these things for Danelectros and undercut Stew-Mac by a couple bucks!
The only bad part is the maple has a nice flame and won't be seen again. I contemplated putting some Tru-Oil on it to bring out the grain...but why bother?
You could make one of these without a bandsaw - a belt sander would work or even a hand plane, but it was fast and easy (and accurate) with the bandsaw.
And just think - I saved $14 by making my own!