#1
Ive read a lot of threads of people building there own guitars and now I really want to build my own. I havnt built a guitar before so this is my first time. I dont know how soon ill be doing this but ill need some tips and advice first.

Body - Mohogany, Alder?any other suggestions?
Neck - Mohogany, Maple, Alder?any other suggestions?
Fretboard - Rosewood, Ebony? suggestions?
24 Frets
-Does anyone know where id be able to get a custom fretboard with custom inlays and the frets already in? Ill probably go with skulls, and then on the 11, 12, and 13th fret a big Skull & Crossbones.
Pickups - Not Sure..Ill think about that after I got all the wood figured out.
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String-Thru

Should I build a bolt-on or a neck-thru? I like the look of a neck-thru better but would building a bolt-on be easier/cheaper?

Ill post a picture of the body shape and headstock i want to make, Its pretty much a Schecter Hellraiser V-1 body(changed a bit) and pretty-much a reversed PRS Headstock shape.

For now I mostly need help for choosing the Body/Neck wood. Ive read a lot of stuff on different woods but im still not sure what I should use.

EDIT:
Body: Alder
Neck: Hard Maple
Fretboard: African Rosewood
Heres what I want the guitar to look like when it's finished(Without design).
Its pretty much a Schecter Hellraiser V-1 Shape with a few changes.
Last edited by eighttroy19 at Jul 17, 2009,
#2
Building a bolt on neck would be cheaper(i think) What colour are you gnna make it? and what kinda music you gunna be playing with it.. But personally i would go with a mohogany body and rosewood frettboard
#3
For first time builders, I recommend buying a neck and doing a built on. It's easier. Neck throughs and making your own neck is really for advanced woodworkers. Also, there is a book for it. Many actually.

For hte body, alder would be find, but poplar is easier to find. The fretboard, use roosewood, it's easier to find.
#6
Quote by MetalGuitarest
Building a bolt on neck would be cheaper(i think) What colour are you gnna make it? and what kinda music you gunna be playing with it.. But personally i would go with a mohogany body and rosewood frettboard

Ill probably be painting it white and some kind of black design. Ill be playing mostly metal.
#8
Quote by greennblue10
For first time builders, I recommend buying a neck and doing a built on. It's easier. Neck throughs and making your own neck is really for advanced woodworkers. Also, there is a book for it. Many actually.

For hte body, alder would be find, but poplar is easier to find. The fretboard, use roosewood, it's easier to find.



Just to clarify Alder and Poplar are the same wood!
#9
Quote by greennblue10
For first time builders, I recommend buying a neck and doing a built on. It's easier. Neck throughs and making your own neck is really for advanced woodworkers. Also, there is a book for it. Many actually.

For hte body, alder would be find, but poplar is easier to find. The fretboard, use roosewood, it's easier to find.

Yeah ill probably end up doing a bolt on, and can you buy necks with the headstock unshaped so I could cut my own headstock?
#10
yeah, check out warmoth and mightmite or w/e I've heard some pretty good things about both. I know with Warmoth you can have your neck contoured how you want it with your choice of woods and inlays

you can just order an unfinished paddle headstock
#11
Quote by shawnsblues2
Just to clarify Alder and Poplar are the same wood!

No. They're not. Far from it, besides tonal response.

TS, I know that ohspyro89 has a bunch of tonewoods for sale, and LPAddict (when he's around) sells woods too. Warmoth is good, but extremely overpriced, same for MightyMite. Honestly, neck building is not that hard, Project Guitar has a lot of good tutorials on it, and some of the professional builders on here are more than willing to give you advice.
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#12
Im think im going to go with an Alder Body, Maple Neck and Rosewood Fretboard.
But now after a lot of searching ive found out that theres different kinds of Maple and Rosewood?
#13
Maple:

Eastern hard maple is what you want.

Western soft maple (includes most maple used for aesthetics) wouldn't be strong enough to withstand tensions put on a neck, unless ofcourse it's laminated with stronger woods, eg. Wenge.

As for Rosewood, African is what you want.
Brazilian rosewood has better aesthetics however it's classified by some standard as "vulnerable", which means it's at risk from becoming extinct in the wild, thus makes it more expensive and difficult to source.
#14
Quote by RJackson
Maple:

Eastern hard maple is what you want.

Western soft maple (includes most maple used for aesthetics) wouldn't be strong enough to withstand tensions put on a neck, unless ofcourse it's laminated with stronger woods, eg. Wenge.

As for Rosewood, African is what you want.
Brazilian rosewood has better aesthetics however it's classified by some standard as "vulnerable", which means it's at risk from becoming extinct in the wild, thus makes it more expensive and difficult to source.

Okay thanks.
#15
Quote by shawnsblues2
Just to clarify Alder and Poplar are the same wood!

Where'd you learn that? It's wrong. They sounds kinda similar i guess, but they aren't the same. Alder is better looking and I'm pretty sure it's denser.
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#17
if you want a dark rosewood you want indian rosewood.

If you want a lighter 'reddish' colour you want something like Santos Rosewood
#18
fretboard wood depends on the sound you want and what pickups your using. its a personal preference and I dont think it makes any sense to listen to anyone here telling you what to use for the fretboard. if you dont have a solid understanding of how and how much the fretboard wood changes the sound of a guitar then just do what looks cool and worry about it later. a good rule of thumb is to use a fretboard wood that you dont already own on one of your other guitars. that way your collection of guitars is more versatile as a whole. like if you had 6 guitars 2 maple 2 rosewood 2 ebony. half of them with single coils, the other 3 humbuckers. the biggest difference is maple vs not maple. so if you can only have two guitars and you already have a maple fretboard on your other guitar, this should be ebony or rosewood. dont get anything expensive on your first build unless you are super confident.
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#19
Quote by apak
Where'd you learn that? It's wrong. They sounds kinda similar i guess, but they aren't the same. Alder is better looking and I'm pretty sure it's denser.


I meant to say similar my bad but as far as density they are the same and the only real difference being the color of the green in poplar which does come in white so their isnt any green in it. Yes it is harder to find that way but it is basicly the same wood if you go to a lumber yard and ask for alder nine times out of ten they are going to give you white poplar...How do I know this because I have 25 yrs+ exp as a cabinet maker and I purchased wood for 10 of it. Anytime I ordered alder the bill said poplar any time I ordered poplar it was the opposite; that is coming from different vendors. Now I have questioned the orders at least 10 times and spoke with all of the specialists in their departments at various hardwood suppliers in America and that was the most common answer that they are both almost identical woods accept for the color green being in the green poplar. The main reason people use it as a hardwood is because it is a good hardwood that is very versatile and it is significantly cheaper than its ancestor which is Birch.
#20
Quote by fullsailstudent
fretboard wood depends on the sound you want and what pickups your using. its a personal preference and I dont think it makes any sense to listen to anyone here telling you what to use for the fretboard. if you dont have a solid understanding of how and how much the fretboard wood changes the sound of a guitar then just do what looks cool and worry about it later. a good rule of thumb is to use a fretboard wood that you dont already own on one of your other guitars. that way your collection of guitars is more versatile as a whole. like if you had 6 guitars 2 maple 2 rosewood 2 ebony. half of them with single coils, the other 3 humbuckers. the biggest difference is maple vs not maple. so if you can only have two guitars and you already have a maple fretboard on your other guitar, this should be ebony or rosewood. dont get anything expensive on your first build unless you are super confident.

Cant you get fretboards already made, like with the frets, inlays and nut already on?
Im just going to be making the body, neck and headstock of the guitar.
#21
you cannot get a fretboard with frets already installed. there is a good reason for that but I'm not gonna go into that now. you can buy a fretboard thats already radiused and has fret slots cut. google around. I know a few but I dont want to push some vendor I haven't tried.
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#22
Im getting one handmade for £150 on my build (also my first!!) but I know a cool luthier . I even get the inlays in for free!!!!

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#23
Quote by IYanoplathizoI
Im getting one handmade for £150 on my build (also my first!!) but I know a cool luthier . I even get the inlays in for free!!!!

(-:

Best of luck to ya, we will have to keep each other up-to-date on how we own

Well i still have lots of time to think what woods to use and what to do because im gunna be making it in wood work at school(i dont have all the right tools).

But does anyone know like why you glue 2 pices of wood together for the body, like if you have a big enough peice cant you just cut it from the one piece?and for the neck? What happens if i do this?
#24
Does anyone know the size of the place where the pickups go, like how deep to cut and how wide, the dimensions, and then how much space in between the 2 pickups?
#25
Does anyone know where I can get the dimensions of a Schecter Hellraiser V-1 or and exact size print-out of it or something?or maybe a smaller version with the dimensions since i dont have a big enough printer. And where I can get a Maple neck with a fretboard already on but with a paddle head so I can cut out my own headstock, one that will fit on a Schecter Hellraiser V-1 Body?