#1
Hello, everybody.

As the title to the thread says, I'm new to customizing, but want to build me a custom guitar.

I'm not too bad with a brush, so I don't think the finish will be too difficult (just a few cans of paint, then a spray gloss, right?).

Basically, the four problems I have here is the electronics (absolutely no clue), getting the electronics themselves, the inlays, and obtaining the correct wood.

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks in advance.
#2
Do you know how to shape the body/neck or are you going to buy them?
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#3
Um, I'm pretty sure I'll be able to figure out how to shape the body once the mysteries of the electronics are revealed to me.

Neck, not so much.

Oh, and I want to be using a fixed bridge, kinda important, lol.

And nothing special, just a six string.
#4
Guitar building columns anyone ? Try google before UG, you can even choose the info that's right for you instead of waiting.
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#5
What kind of inlay's did you want, into what wood fretboard?
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#6
Sharkfin inlays, definitely.

Would making them out of glass or plastic be a good idea?

Probably an ebony fretboard, I want this to look metal-y.
#7
Maybe you should try building a bowl instead?

Kidding, but google would help you much more in your current situation of know-nothingness.
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#8
As recommended, a quick google search explained that yes, in fact, plastic inlays are a good idea.

Yes, it also solved my other problems, except for the electronics. Am currently looking at some EMG E4's.
#9
Plastic wont looks so good though. Why not use the normal stuff... Mother of pearl, abalone, etc

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Inlay,_pearl/Blanks/Pearl_and_Abalone_Inlay_Blanks.html
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#11
no emg e4's....passive emgs are crap. if you want emgs go with 81-60 or 81-85 sets, if you want passive, go for duncan, dimarzio, or maybe a custom builder, nuthinbuttrubl8 and cordoroyEW on UG build custom pickups...
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#12
I was going with the passives because I thought they were simpler to install, lol.

If it doesn't really matter, and I'm just disillusioned, like always, I'll go 81-85.
#13
the only difference really, is the addition of the battery for active's, other than that, the take the same time to install.
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#14
actually, the actives might even be easier cause they have that whole quick-clip system thing.

and they come with all the pots and output jack
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#15
check out guitarattack.com they got a sh it load of stuff on building n customizing guitars. and they got a whole section on how 2 set up pickups
#16
Ah, there you have it, then. Disillusioned.

Through the help of you all, I've kinda figured out what I want here:

Black pearl sharkfin inlays

Ebony fretboard

EMG 81/85 combo

Grover tuners

"X" body shape (modded a bit, I'll post some design sketches in a bit)

Polished chrome-y pickguard

Widow/ibanez reverse headstock (not sure yet)

Fixed bridge
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#17
Mini update here (I'm kinda turning this thread into a WIP)

My dad's refused to create the body, so I'm thinking of getting the XPT700 body, then popping in the inlays on a new neck, getting the widow headstock, etc.

So I'll end up with a less custom version of what I wanted.
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#18
My suggestion is to learn all you can about scale length, neck angle, peghead angle, how necks and bodies fit together, and the tricks to design and construction that will last rather than warping and sucking... things that actually matter to how the guitar feels and plays.

I don't mean to be negative, but inlays, headstock shape, pickguard being polished, electronics will not really affect how the guitar PLAYS. If you're just worried about that stuff, you could just buy a production guitar and customize the headstock, inlay, and pickguard. The point to building your own instrument is that you can go full custom with it.

Now some advice and things to think about-

1.) For a first build if you do go ahead and do the body, consider making it out of Poplar. It's cheap, sounds nicer than alder in my opinion, and takes a finish really well. Plus, it's light, which is important when you're building a big, metal-shaped guitar.
2.) You realize you won't be able to see black sharkfins on an ebony fretboard, right?
3.) Reconsider the pickguard: How much routing have you done in the past? It's about the same amount of work to rout the control cavity from the back and it looks much better. Why cover up your paintjob with a piece of plastic?
4.) Do you have access to the following power tools? In order of importance: Router, Bandsaw (or heavy duty jigsaw/sabre saw), Drill press, Belt Sander, Jointer? You'll spand timr on each one throughout the project. Do you know how to use all of them? Even if you're just building a neck, you'll still need them.
5.) There are lots of different fixed bridges... which one were you planning on using? They require different design considerations so its something you need to pick out ahead of time.


I don't want to discourage you here, but this is a pretty big undertaking, it's a big commitment of time and money, and if you're going to do that, you should really do all the reading and learning you can before you let a saw touch wood.
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#19
Rebel, you are very correct. Had certainly not thought about the massive amount of effort needed.

I was originally planning on my dad creating it, but recently found out that he would not do it.

So, the project, for now, is closed :P
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#20
Why don't you get him to teach you to do it? I could see that going over much better.
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#21
Hm, very true, that.

I could get the basics from him, then learn how to do the various things that are required by guitar building?
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#23
That's a good linkie, there. I'll be using that.

Still working on finding a design I like.
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