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Steve's Neck and Pickguard

Steve's Replacement Pickguard

Steve's Neck and PickguardRich ChaffinsComment

Yesterday I showed you the new neck that I made for Steve's rockin' (because it's a granite finish? Get it?) guitar. He also asked me to do a replacement pickguard for him, and when I asked what he was looking for, he uttered the two most beautiful words in the English language: Artisan's Discretion. Behold! The artist has used said discretion to create the following!


maple and rosewood to compliment the new neck (no swap on the electronics)

Pickguard, section 1

Pickguard, section 2

Pickguard, section 3


Pickguard rough assembly

Sometimes things don't go quite according to plan, so I need to improvise. This time, the improvisation took the form of epoxy and crayon shavings.


Space for the pickups created and then loaded!

Pickup holes

Pickups and knobs loaded

And now, for the finished product. I think it looks pretty sharp.

Pickguard on body

Strung up


I'd love to hear your thoughts and answer any questions. And as always, I upload a ton of pictures to my Facebook page, so you can always see more there.

Steve's Replacement Neck

Steve's Neck and PickguardRich ChaffinsComment
Hand Carving

I based the neck for Steve off of a previous build that I did for my student Josh.

Specs: Rock maple, big D shape, rosewood neck, 16” radius, 22 frets, last 4 scalloped, oil finish.


Truss Rod

Glued up, side dots

Rough cut

Frets installed

I decided to be a little bit creative with the dots I did for this one:

Neck Dots

Hand Carving

Steve asked for the last four frets to be scalloped.


The body of the guitar has a kind of granite-style finish, so I decided to echo that in the headstock.




And here's the finished headstock with hardware installed.

Finished neck, back

Finished Headstock, front

Check back tomorrow for pictures of the pickguard I created to go with this and to see the finished product! And if you absolutely have to see everything right now, go like my Facebook page where you can see this and a bunch of other stuff I've been working on!