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Modeled after a classic offset semihollow design from the 70s, it was only available for a short period of time originally. It has since been reissued, but doesn't follow the original as much as most people would like.

This template set gives you a ton of options for pickup, bridge, and headstock selection. The main template is set up for Wide Range Humbuckers, and has the holes to accommodate either a Jazzmaster/Jaguar or Mustang bridge, or a hardtail Strat bridge with string through holes. To go with a rocking style bridge there is also a rout for a floating tremolo.

The template used for chambering the body includes the neck pocket hole, as well as the option for Jazzmaster pickups and a Tune-O-Matic style bridge. There are inserts on the back so you can have either a large chambered area behind the bridge, or a solid block of wood running throughout the body which works with the optional tremolo rout. I also include the routs for a rear access cover, to give you the convenience to access the electronics easily if you want.

Also included is another neck pocket template with routs for standard sized humbuckers, a Tune-O-Matic bridge, and matching stop tailpiece.

Besides all of the templates for routing out the chambered body, you also get a 25.5" scale neck template with two different headstock designs. There's the classy "swooshed edge" design originally used on this model, as well as a large 70s headstock design for those who like something a little different. The "swooshed edge" design comes with an extra routing template that you can mount on the headstock to use a bowl or round nose router bit with a bearing to rout the radiused edge.

Along with all of these templates you get a set of Wide Range Humbucker pickup ring templates, a back access plate template, and a pickguard template made to work with the Wide Range humbuckers. The pickguard should mount with a standard Les Paul pickguard mounting bracket and screws.

I also have a set of matching black plastic pickup rings, pickguard, and back plate available in the showroom, should you choose to go that route.

•Note: Because this set of templates uses two full sheets of MDF, it costs a lot more to make it than my other sets. Therefore it is priced accordingly, but I still think it is a great value and I hope to see what everyone makes with these templates. :)

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Made from 1/4" thick natural MDF.

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Reviews of Polariscaster

Scott says:

I bought this template about a month ago and I am still amazed at how accurate it is and how versatile it is! I am still waiting for the top wood I am using for this thinline, but I have made the back in a rough cut and hollowed out the two sides.

I took a huge leap as this is the first guitar body I have started from scratch and the research I have put in along with this accurate template my Polariscaster is looking great. Slowly but surely.

The only down side is I am still having a hard time deciding if I want to put a JM Tremolo and Mustang bridge, a Tele style bridge, Tune-O-Matic + stop bar or a Schaller fixed bridge. I also found a Gotoh 12 string bridge that will fit using this template! I can finally have an electric 12 string and have a realistic width at the nut to actually play it.

I was so impressed by this template that I have since bought the Telemonster - S neck and the 1 piece pine body blanks arrive tomorrow!

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