#1
for makinga body,my dad has a sheet of Ash,its pretty nice looking,but it is too thin for a body.
it is like 2 cm thick,so could i glue it up in layers for the body?

thanks
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#2
You could, yes.

Just think of something like mahogany with a maple cap. They do it just fine!

Just plane the faces you'll be gluing together, sand them, glue, and clamp the everliving **** out of them.
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You could, yes.

Just think of something like mahogany with a maple cap. They do it just fine!

Just plane the faces you'll be gluing together, sand them, glue, and clamp the everliving **** out of them.

even when i would need liek 5 layers?Woldnt it plinter up when i route the pickups?
how would the tone be?

thanks for quick response
idk if my dad has a working camera,if he does i'll try to get pics
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#4
anyone else?
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#5
5 piece would make it basically plywood.

Most people frown upon it, and rtightfully so. Most plywood guitars are poorly made with low quality parts, and don't have great tone.

With that said, good plywood guitars can be made, but you're probably better off just buying the right size piece of wood.
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#6
I would buy the right thickness. 5 layers would detract from the tone, due to all the glue dampening the resonance. Where I live, Ash is pretty cheap really, about $6 or $7 for 2 pieces big enough for a body.
#7
It doesnt really make it ply wood, as ply wood is made up of many more sheets of wood than this guitar would be.

The cavities would be fine it wouldnt splinter up, the glue would hold it very well, and I dont think you would even notice the tone difference.

That said, if you can, I would just gone and find a peice of suitable thickness and save your self the trouble.




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#8
im not buying this,my dad has a sheet of it,


oh,and he has liek honestly 90 peices of maple! all like 10 feet long,2 1/2 inch wide and 1 thick

EDIT: You can make 2 peice necks right?
maybe ill look if there are thicker peices...
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#9
you can make 2 piece necks, many guitars have 2 or 3 piece necks. if the wood for the body is 2cm thick surely you would only need to glue 2 pieces together.
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im not buying this,my dad has a sheet of it,


oh,and he has liek honestly 90 peices of maple! all like 10 feet long,2 1/2 inch wide and 1 thick

EDIT: You can make 2 peice necks right?
maybe ill look if there are thicker peices...


Yupp you can make 2 piece necks.

Trufax: Multi-piece necks, if built properly, are far stronger and less prone to warping than one piece necks.
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Yupp you can make 2 piece necks.

Trufax: Multi-piece necks, if built properly, are far stronger and less prone to warping than one piece necks.


like one on top of each other,with clamps of coarse

FACT: i noticed my dad has prob 10 clamps,and thats only in one room,and i saw 7 more in another room!
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#12
Firstly you bumped your own post after 40 minutes, there is no need for that.

Secondly, 5 2cm boards will be 10cm, or ~4" you know guitars are only 1 3/4" (4.4cm)right?

Have you drawn out a plan of what the guitar is going to look like and the measurements yet? And figured out what you need to do to make it. Also you have clamps, great, you need alot more then clamps though to make a guitar.
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Firstly you bumped your own post after 40 minutes, there is no need for that.

Secondly, 5 2cm boards will be 10cm, or ~4" you know guitars are only 1 3/4" (4.4cm)right?

Have you drawn out a plan of what the guitar is going to look like and the measurements yet? And figured out what you need to do to make it. Also you have clamps, great, you need alot more then clamps though to make a guitar.

first,i was doing a wild guess with the amount of bards needed
i have 2 templates,one a SG from the on and only template thread,and i have drawn out a strat like guitar that is like mine,with modifications.
I would need proabably wood around 24"x13"x2" (LxWxH)
and i will be ordering bridges,a pickup,and knobs/wires off the internet/local stores.
so yea, clamps and tools were my main issue,but i saw that my dad has alot,so im feeling good about this build
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#14
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like one on top of each other,with clamps of coarse

No, not one on top of the other.
Side by side.

If you have a 3 piece neck, flip the middle one 180 degrees so the grain is going in completely the opposite direction.

Eg:

If they're like this ( / or \ is the direction of the grain)

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ <- Turn this one here so it's like this-> /////////////////////
\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

Then you end up with

\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\
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\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

It increases the strength because the grain pulls in opposite ways, you don't get all the force pulling the same way.

If someone else can explain it better, go ahead, I'm too tired and not too good at explaining things this early in the morning.
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#15
Not one on top of the other!

Side by side, like this:

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Not one on top of the other!

Side by side, like this:


then im in trouble!
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#18
You can definitely use the maple, providing it's been dried sufficiently. I'd assume that wood isn't dried properly, which means you're better off buying dried pieces already, as it would take quite a while to dry out a 10-foot long piece of maple.
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#19
i was speeaking of the ash for the body and the maple for the neck,if i cant find the birdseye maple he says he has
it was in a building for atleast a year and a half.
yea,the neck would be ok i think.
just glue it together then shape!
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#20
and route your truss channel
and glue your fretboard (that you don't have yet...)
and shape the headstock
and make sure your neck joint's tight
and measure and cut your fret slots
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#21
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and route your truss channel
and glue your fretboard (that you don't have yet...)
and shape the headstock
and make sure your neck joint's tight
and measure and cut your fret slots

jake,calm down
i would probably bought a pre radiused pre fretted fretboard (i hope)
or build one
and all the above
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