#1
So I've been really intent on building my own guitar, and I'll be getting all my stuff delivered (body, neck, electronics, ect) in about a month....and I'm scared ****less that I'll do it horribly wrong and it will be unplayable...I know a few people that can help me, but for the most part, I'll be on my own....
Is doing this a really bad idea?
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#2
are the body and neck premade? if so, you can't really screw it up unless you put the bridge in the wrong location. but if you're getting a premade body i'm going to assume the holes are there already...
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#3
you're thinking into it too much, it really isn't that tough. Just take it one step at a time and be careful
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#4
Do it anyway, regardless of whether you think it's a bad idea or not. In a worst case scenario where you mess everything up, at least you'll learn what not to do next time. I'm assuming you're young and therefore have plenty of time to screw things up. You'll always make more money if you're worried about that, there will always be other chances to build another guitar if you mess it up. Just take your time and be precise. Go for it and don't look back.
#5
Just reasearch allot and ask tons of questions.
Measure THREE-HUNDRED times, cut once.
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#6
Guess that makes sense. I'll start a thread soon as I begin (mid December)
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#7
you never answered my question
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#8
oh, haha, yea, they are, from warmoth.
I've never operated woodworking equipmpent in my life, so I thought I'd start easy and work my way up.
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#9
Just go for it man. I thought the same thing after starting my build, but everything is shaping up now. Like it has been said before, take it one step at a time, and always remember "measure twice, cut once".
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#10
dude, im starting my own guitar soon, and im building it from scratch, so you think your scared about messing it up? im a little scared, only because im afraid of doing the routing wrong or not measuring something right
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#11
^ reed has a lot more to worry about. warmoths are plug and play. homebrews are cut and pray
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#12
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^ reed has a lot more to worry about. warmoths are plug and play. homebrews are cut and pray



^nice little rhyme. i havent cut anything yet except i cut the piece from the tree my spanish teacher gave me into strips, im doing a mahogany/ash mix (check out the thread 'guitar build from a tree that fell recently")
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#13
ever figure out a way to dry that thing?
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#14
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ever figure out a way to dry that thing?

apart from time?


no. there is kiln drying, however there is no one around me with a kiln. i did cut the pieces so since they are cut, and in the room where the furnace is (however not near the furnace, but the room is typically warmer than the rest of the house) they can dry a little faster. but there is a place apparantly near me that can telll me the moisture content of the wood, and LP addict told me to get it down to around 12%, so i guess i have to wait
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#15
You should be fine... Did you do your research?

Edit: Wait... never operated woodworking equipment? Oh boy.
#16
Hey, I'm ordering pre cut body and neck, I dont need to be able to do woodworking^
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#17
is it a screw everything together build or is it one where you have to fix up scale length etc mistakes?

Nah you'll be fine, just make sure that when you screw the neck on that the distance between saddles on the bridge and the 12th fret is exactly the same as the distance between the 12th fret to the nut
Also make sure you line the bridge and pickups perfect or else you'll have strings comeing off the neck and missing the pole pieces etc. But if everythings predrilled you should be fine
#18
yeah, if everything is predrilled you have nothing to worry about, assuming you know what a philips and common head screw driver is. give it a nice finish, be careful there too. have fun. this is easy.
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#20
Is it problematic taking the neck from one guitar and putting it on another? The main problem I seem to see is that the neck might be too big/small to fit in the gap carved in the body! Is this something to be wary of?