Monday, November 16, 2009

Jack Plate Fabrication

One of my clients brought this poor Ibanez in. He wouldn't say how, but somebody dropped it.
and it was plugged in when it hit the ground. The hole that was created when the jack plate was pushed through the wood into the guitar was huge. I called and emailed about a dozen shops looking for a pre-made jack plate that would cover the hole to no avail. So this ones from scratch.
I started with a strip of 1/8" Aluminum. I cut to size, drilled the jack and screw holes, countersunk the screw holes and beveled the edges. Next came the pounding... I was able to beat the slug to fit the contour of the guitar. Polished, buffed and installed.
Here you can see the before and after.
I'm extremely happy with the result. I hope the client is too.

21 comments:

Steve said...

You just pounded it until the contour was right? If that was me doing the pounding it would take 19 years to get it right.

dave said...

I pounded on it little by little until the shape was exactly what I needed. It took about 5 min. to get it right.

Steve said...

I noticed the curved metal edge that you are pounding on. What is that tool?

dave said...

This is a cool tool, it's for manually finding contour, It's basically a bunch of metal rods lined up and bound together. you push it up against an object and it moves the rods to show the contour. You can then use it to see how close you are.
I don't actually pound on it I use it as a guide. It's really accurate.

Ry's Photo Blog said...

You created your own jack plate from scratch?! How the hell did you do that? I mean, I know how you did it, because you told us, but how did you manage that? WOW! Impressive....

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Vince M said...

Major improvement, Dave! I love the way this turned out.

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Frederick Joseph said...

Hi, would you be willing to make me a jackplate similar to this? --Kyle
benevolent1108@aol.com

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