#1
How expencive is it to make custom guitars and can it easily be done? I don't know many shops near me that sell parts. There is a website http://luthierssupplies.com.au/ that offers some stuff and I can probably find a body for a guitar I like somewhere. Is it hard to make bodies anyway? Could I just get a slab of mahogany and carve it or something?
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#2
You need a fair bit of experience with woodwork, otherwise there's a fair chance it'll go wrong. You also need the right tools to be available.
#3
Check out the Gear building and customizing section
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#4
Another question:

Is it possible to put a floyd rose on a les paul?
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#5
yes but you have to use a router
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Peavey Vypyr 30
DW Collector's 3 pc drums
Mapex Black panther snare
Sabian AAX/Zildjian K cymbals.
#7
Why not just buy a body from www.warmoth.com or a similar site? Seems easier to me. By the way, if you want to make a guitar on your own because you want to save money, it is NOT cheaper than buying a guitar unless you have a lot of wood working experience and the tools to do it.
#8
I want to get a custom guitar that I like, if you could call it, my own signature model. Thanks for the link, didn't know about that site.

EDIT: What do I need in terms of painting it? Do I need a special paint or can I use model paint or something?
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Last edited by random_B-RAD at Dec 14, 2008,
#9
STEW MAC sells plans for making guitars from scratch that would help make sure the final product is to scale! It would be a hell of a challenge though and not for beginners (or probably even fairly advanced wood workers). Why not settle for assemblying a guitar from store bought, ready made components first! YOu could still have some freedom on styles/finishes and hardware. When I checked Warmoth, Stew Mac and luthiers Mecr everythng was there but you won't save money just be getting one done the way you want.
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#10
If you're careful, you can build a good custom guitar for pretty cheap. We're having a competition right now on the GB&C board to see who can build the best guitar for less than $150. (100 GBP)

A guitar really isn't that hard to build as long as you're careful about measurements, etc. But there are some tools that you need. (Clamps, bandsaw/jigsaw, etc)
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#11
I have been looking at maybe getting an Epiphone Les paul studio or maybe a G-400 and replacing it with seymour duncan humbuckers and a floyd rose trem. What do you think of that?
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#12
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I have been looking at maybe getting an Epiphone Les paul studio or maybe a G-400 and replacing it with seymour duncan humbuckers and a floyd rose trem. What do you think of that?


I think the Floyd Rose will be more hassle and danger to the guitar than it's worth, and the pickups are pointless if you don't have a good amp.

tl;dr: No.
#13
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I think the Floyd Rose will be more hassle and danger to the guitar than it's worth, and the pickups are pointless if you don't have a good amp.

tl;dr: No.

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#14
still..the fr could screw ur body.
it kinda needs a real deep body, gotta route ALOT.
i dont recommend YOU do it.. send it to a luthier somewhere near you..
also...adding £150 for a floyd rose to a few hundred quid guitar..you could buy a guitar with an FR and better pickups..

call me insane, but not saving money..

false economy..

failing that..

buy an ibanez s470 and get a pillar drill and sand paper..
drill about 50 holes through the body..sand the holes to make them look rounded and then dip the guitar in acid..
voila

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#15
try the building and customising forum.
but yeah im keen on starting my build real soon just getting info and money together first
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#16
I don't consider a guitar built from parts a true custom to me that is assembling a kit you just pick the parts individually and toss them together. A real custom is when you scratchbuild it. You go out spend the day picking out just the right materials buy the wood, glue/clamp it all together cut it on a band saw lay out your templates and route it yourself and work the rest by hand and then finish it. It takes me a good year just to build two sometimes three guitars. Right now I am in the middle of two projects one 7 string for my Nephews bands guitarist and the other a 9 string for a local well known musician. They both have been on hold for the summer I think it's too humid to do fine woodworking during humid weather.

As far as routing a guitar for a Floyd sometimes you would be better off buying a guitar that already has one. Aside from routing you have to make sure everything is in line if your not experianced and have the right templates that can be a disaster. I recomend the Stetsbar trem system if you want a trem on your Gibby or Epi. They are a little pricey but as long as you save the old parts you can swap the Stetsbar to another Gibson or Epi because it fits the basic Gibson post/brige system.

http://stetsbar.com/

Go thru the Gear building and customizing section too there is some great stuff there and a lot of it can give you an idea on what is in store for you if you decide to build your own guitar from parts. I think it's better to buy a good guitar and upgrade/customize it rather that buy a body and neck and go from there.

John