#1
Hey, all,
I know that I'm not quite done with my current build, but I keep thinking about building an electric, so I figured I'd learn as much as I can about materials and such before I get started.

To start, has anyone heard anything about the allparts locking tremolo that doesn't seem to have a brand name?
This one:
http://www.allparts.com/store/guitar-bridges-locking-tremolos-sb-0255-l10,Product.asp

It seems to have been designed with at least the /look/ of a Floyd in mind, but I don't know if it's any good. Does anyone have any experience with it? Or even heard anything?

I /would/ kick down the money for a Schaller floyd, but I can't seem to find one that's left-handed.

Next:
I've been thinking about a kingwood neck. Is this a good material for a neck, or is it too heavy, too soft, etc?
My alternates are either old growth redwood or maple. You'll understand the redwood bit, soon...

The guitar would have gotoh tuners on it, that's not really one that's up for debate. Might as well go for quality, right?

and it just so happens that I have about a hundred feet in 2x4s of old-growth clear redwood laying around, and I would like to build a guitar body out of this.
Is it good for bodies, even if I have to assemble it in multiple pieces?

I've already got a good idea of what I want as far as pups go (invader bridge and two single coils, or the invader with a single coil and another HB)
#2
i used to be a mod, then i took an arrow in the knee.
#3
Thank you for the links! I didn't even think of checking Warmoth...

I play a huge amount of stuff...
I love playing Bon Jovi, and old green day, GNR, etc.
But I also play a lot of Slipknot, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold, BfmV (flameshield), and metallica.

So I'd like to have something nice and hot in the bridge and really sweet in the neck... just because I love both sounds.
#4
(sorry to bump, all, but I'm one impatient sonofabitch sometimes...)

OH, one more question on top of everything else:
Is winding your own pickups worth it? and do you usually come out with the results you want?
#5
winding your pickups is good but only if you know exactly what you want and you know everything about them. If you want custom pickups get in touch with Rock Monkey guitars (CorduroyEW) and/ or nuttinbuttrubl8.

As for the Floyd Rose, PM nuttinbuttruble or LP Addict, they should be able to get you a lefty Floyd rose Original or Schaller cheaper than warmoths and All Parts price
#6
Quote by guitarcam123
winding your pickups is good but only if you know exactly what you want and you know everything about them. If you want custom pickups get in touch with Rock Monkey guitars (CorduroyEW) and/ or nuttinbuttrubl8.

As for the Floyd Rose, PM nuttinbuttruble or LP Addict, they should be able to get you a lefty Floyd rose Original or Schaller cheaper than warmoths and All Parts price


Cool, thanks:
I would like to give winding a shot, at some point, though, just because I think it would be a really cool experience.
#7
cool, i always wanted to do it (and still do) but i went broke, then i got money but then the AUS dollar dropped and i can't find any winding supplies in australia
#9
The OFR isn't much more than the Schaller so you may want to go with that. The Schaller is made to pretty high standards though so it may last just as long.
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#11
Quote by LP Addict
kingwood is good wood, its very heavy, very oily, very dense.

maple woul be better, and use the kingwood as a fretboard.


cool, thanks, LP... cause I always see kingwood at the local woodworking store and I always think about what a beautiful guitar it would make...

And what do you think about the redwood idea? any good?
#13
hmm. even old-growth? alright, I'll take your word for it- you know a lot more about wood than I do... XD
#15
Hmm. Well, that puts a mighty dent in that plan. In that case, I would prolly go to walnut...
#16
Quote by LP Addict
yeah it is way too soft, you can find it curly sometimes, and it makes a great lam. top, but you cant even make it semi-hollow because you could probably poke a hole right through it.

I've seen redwood acoustics... very cool, I must say. Nice warm deep tone.

Also, that LFR is a TRS-101, all in all an OK system, not as good as a gotoh (which, on Guitarpartsdepot, is $120... I'm not sure if 35% off allparts is less)
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Quote by Anonden
You CAN play anything with anything....but some guitars sound right for some things, and not for others. Single coils sound retarded for metal, though those who are apeshit about harpsichord probably beg to differ.
Last edited by oneblackened at Jan 18, 2009,
#17
Like I said, given I have the money and manage to find a good lefty FR, (which I have, thanks to mikeyElite) I would just go ahead and jump for a schaller OFR.

And, I'm sorry, I've come up with another question:
How do you know where to route the FR cavity so that it's in the correct place?

For instance: say you've got a neck that's got a 25 inch scale length. Where in the cavity would the 25 inch mark land?

Any answer I can get on that one is really appreciated ^_^
#20
Quote by LP Addict
you mark the 25'' intonation mark, and i believe the studs go at 24.5''

the studs are .5'' away from the bridge i believe.


omg i love you man... i have been trying to find that out forever... and after using my own cheap measurement tools ( one of those bent rulers tailers use to measure thickness) i came up with something that would've killed intonation
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All that theory my guitar teacher tries to drill into my head just gets buried under piles of porn and I never manage to apply any of it
#22
Yeah- I won't be starting the build for a while; like I said, I gotta finish my acoustic, first. So I've got all the time in the world to check on stuff.
Thanks, again, though.
#23
Hey, I've got a question again:
if I was to wind my own pickups, would making the bobbins out of something like mahogany or rosewood change the sound any?