Don’t let the name of the ELEVATE Truss Rod Slotting Jig Plus fool you. This jig is designed to tackle three separate tasks. The first is cutting the slot for your truss rod. The jig centers on the neck blank using articulating clamps that reference the outside edges. Once located, use the countersunk holes on the jigs routing surface to screw the jig to the neck with short wood screws. Then use the included brass bushing and a router to cut the slot. It can even handle necks with headstock overlays thanks to the machined ledge on the underside of the routing template.
The second task this jig handles is aligning a neck and fingerboard for glue up. Similar to the Fingerboard Locating Jig, there are four hardened drill bushings in the jig’s body that ensure accurate and repeatable drill locations in both the neck and the underside of the fingerboard. Once the holes are drilled in each part, simply insert a 3/16″ plastic locating pin in each hole and snap the parts together. However, the Truss Rod Slotting Jig Plus differs in the placement of these drill bushings. They are spaced both wider and further apart to allow the jig to be used on necks with carbon fiber reinforcement rods and to place the pins closer to attachment end of the neck.
The third task is drilling holes for fret marker inlays. How? The clamps used for locating the Truss Rod Slotting Jig Plus are actually the same clamp used for the Dot Locator– a handy little jig that references the fingerboard taper and the fret slots to accurately and repeatably position your drill bit in the perfect location for dot inlays. With two different widths of points that fit into the fret slots, this jig can handle most fretboards scale lengths. The jig can even tackle off center dots such as double dots on the 12th fret.
**Jig intended for use before cutting slots for carbon fiber reinforcement rods, Dot Locator is intended for use on flat fretboards- prior to establishing the radius, drill bushings in template not suited for small instruments such as ukuleles.**
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Designed in collaboration with luthier Zac DelVecchio.
-Truss Rod Slotting Jig Plus routing template
-Dot Locator- (2) clamps, (1) body
-3/8" Router bushing
-(10) Plastic locating pins
-Machined ledge allows template to extend over headstock overlay
-Centers on outside tapers or outside straight edges
-Hardened drill bushings- used for locating the fingerboard to the neck during glue ups
-Bushing sets labeled for easy use
-Bushing spacing wide enough for necks with carbon fiber reinforcement rods
-Dot Locator can be used for centered or offset dots
Truss Rod Compatibility
-Max width: 1/4"
-Max Length: 15 7/8" (depending on access side on instrument and size of rod used)
-1 3/16" apart on center
-Set 1- 1/2" on center from end
-Set 2- 9 1/2" on center from end