Custom Ibanez Insipired Guitars

JEM/RG Headstock

This blog is showing the steps for putting a wood grained thin laminate over a headstock.

The first two pages show making the piece. A planner only goes to about .25 inches. So I have been gluing a piece to a fixture piece. I put the glue on the ends, then use a table saw to cut the thin piece off. Maybe not the smoothest process, but it works. On the first pass, I went too thin, so I left the piece at a bit over 1/16.

These two picture show the glue down. Lots of clamps. I put some tape on the back of the neck to protect the finish.

These to show the trimming of the edges. I used a razor knife.

Some more trimming. The knife is in one pic with a red handle. An Xacto.

Then some final trimming around the end. Pretty close with the trimming.

I used a Oscillating Spindle Sander to get the inside engges. With the sides trimmed, the wood was sturdy enough to not rip.

I used an orbital sander to hit the straighter edges. Not too bad so far.

I ran a bit of black stain to match the project. Then ouch - messed up drilling the holes. I needed to go from the back to get the alignment I had a bad feeling. So I guess a redo on this one. I'll clamp a sacrificial piece to the face next time.

Here is the re-do. The holes went a lot better this time.

I ran some tests on the thickness of the headstock with the extra wood. It looks fine.

  • Chris Mai
  • December 2018