#MGS3Build - It's almost a guitar, right?!
Well this is getting so exciting for me and it's beginning to sink in what is happening! The last #mgs3build update finished by showing the chunk of walnut which will become the neck. Well Florian has been super busy the last few days roughing out the neck shape, profile, headstock and heel etc which you soon realise is quite the task with the quality of work he displays. 

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The initial neck shape is roughed first, getting that unique heel outline dialed in, neck width and the truss rod channel routed as shown in the initial and above images.

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With that done the signature hollow headstock design is routed out. Starting to resemble a neck now eh! I think this photo is a useful one to see that the chunk of walnut is very much still a chunk of walnut! As the neck hasn't been thickness'd at this stage, and you can see just how thick the starting blank is.

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The filler strip is made and as Florian so rightly puts it in the above screenshot 'snug as a bug in a rug' haha.

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This photo above was pretty exciting for me. Seeing the fretboard blank sitting ready, the body and neck roughly together with the bridge baseplate resting there. It's starting to look an awful lot like a guitar huh?! At least to me it is.

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With the two way truss rod installed, the fretboard glued up and slotted, it was time to get it radius'd in Florian's jig. Slowly but surely looking like a playable neck, right?! Okay, mayble not with that big rectangular slab of walnut quite yet...

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Which is where the neck stage comes just in time! Here Florian has removed the bulk to reveal the basic profile and neck thickness. I opted for a similar profile to that of the MGBS3 baritone he had at the Holy Grail show, which turns out was actually the same as the demo MGS2 we have here. This would normally be so much slimmer that what I've had in the past, maybe it's getting old lol, but I've actually been finding it much more comfortable to play despite my large hands (I'm 6'5" tall with fairly big hands and long fingers). I've been finding that it's comfortable prpfile C-D compound profile shape and slime measurement has been causing me to drop my thumb around the neck way more than I used to do with chunkier necks of the past, and this has happened quite naturally I'll add. I've always been a grab the neck, wrap the thumb over (I guess lazy too) player but more recently and in particular since getting to know the demo MGS2 much more it has been naturally dropping down which has proved to be a happy moment really. Whether it's the neck of the MGS2, or just an age thing and inadvertedly trying to improve technique a bit, who knows, but I'm thankful of it. Long ramble aside, my neck will be carved to around the same measurements as the demo MGS2 at 20mm 1st and 22mm 12th fret depth.

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It hasn't all been about the neck the past few days though, the body has seem some attention and cool updates too! You can see the string through holes drilled as well as the control cavity etc too. I'll also note the threaded inserts for the neck bolts as well, which is a cool stage to be at! Florian has got the paint out already too by painting the control cavity black (something he does on builds). Achingly cool and can't quite believe this one is going to be mine.

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An pretty cool parcel arrived with Florian courtesy of his pickup winder, MJS in Toronto. My 'Gold' foil pickups! I'm not sure I've gone into too much detail on the #MGS3Build updates yet about my pickup choice, if I have apologies and skip this paragraph! If not, then here we go! After trying three of Florian's pickup designs in his guitars side by side at The Holy Grail Show last year, the MMHB (humbucker with magnet pole piece), MMLS (Lipstick style single coil like in our demo MGS2 model) and the MMGF (Teisco inspired gold foils), I opted for the latter.
I absolutely loved their single coil esq response and clarity right across the frequency range, but was blown away by their power too! Teisco style gold foils are a surprisingly versatile pickup, as also proven by Tim McNelly's gold foils which I stock and offer too. Not just for vintage voicing or slide work made famous by the likes of early Joey Landreth or Ry Cooder like some may think, their deep bass response and treble clarity offer a great alternative to a single coil or P90 and I decided to go for a set in my personal MGS3 guitar build! 

Back at the Holy Grail show when initially chatting in person about what we could potentially do with my build, we both felt the normal gold foil covers would look, well, plain wrong on this copper coloured build. We both really liked the prospect of copper foil instead, or failing that if it wasn't possible, painting a strip of material in the same paint as the body but it appears it didn't need to go that far and MJS pulled through with the copper foil! I really dig the texture the foil provides, peeping through the radiator style surrounds/covers. But importantly, they're copper! The photo above doesn't really show them off brilliantly, but Florian is over the moon with them so I'm sure I will be judging by his strive for perfection with colour schemes on any build.

So there we have it, a pretty action packed few days courtesy of Florian and a few really cool updates on the build here. Really look forward to sharing the upcoming updates and thank you for following so far.

James

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