#1
Excuse my ignorance - from reading up on articles in various places on the web and looking at youtube videos, I've found it hard to find one quick comprehensive guide on guitar building; most videos/articles focusing on cutting/body work.

I was wondering if someone on here would be kind enough to answer a few questions for me.

1) As I am the most untalented carpenter ever, I will be purchasing a pre-made body. Currently I'm intending on using guitarfetish.com ; has anyone any experience with them? (Full kits; http://store.guitarfetish.com/gukibuityo.html )

2) What tools will I need for the basic assembly of their kits, no add-ons?

3) If I wanted to start adding things like MOD boards (fuzz factories, built-in distortion, or an XY/Kaoss Pad), what tools would I need for this?

4) The Finish - I have no idea how this is done. I'm assuming water-based paints are a no-no, but what is the correct procedure for finishing?

<edit> 5) Sorry, a bit of a stupid question to add, I'm sure. If I were to purchase a guitar body with 2 humbucker positions, and decided to use a single coil in one of them - would this work at all?

Cheers
Last edited by Acidx at Oct 6, 2009,
#2
Get these two books:

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Electric-Guitar-Bass/dp/1895569702/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254848257&sr=1-5

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Own-Electric-Guitar/dp/0953104907/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254848239&sr=8-2

I have both of them and between the two you will have all the information you will need, start to finish whether you are building from scratch or using premade parts.
#3
In awenser to 5, yes you can use a single coil in a humbucker slot, just make sure its fastened in properly
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#4
Quote by jfreyvogel
Get these two books:

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Electric-Guitar-Bass/dp/1895569702/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254848257&sr=1-5

http://www.amazon.com/Make-Your-Own-Electric-Guitar/dp/0953104907/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1254848239&sr=8-2

I have both of them and between the two you will have all the information you will need, start to finish whether you are building from scratch or using premade parts.


Would you consider it necessary to read through books to be able to assemble pre-made kits? I'm big for the learn as you do with the basic info overview approach
#6
Quote by Jason Jillard


Here. ^^^^^

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#7
Don't get a kit if you just want experience. take apart your current guitar (providing it isn't really expencive) and put it back together.
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#8
Quote by Acidx
Would you consider it necessary to read through books to be able to assemble pre-made kits? I'm big for the learn as you do with the basic info overview approach



It depends how basic you want to go. I tend to make things very elaborate. Even if I start with a basic kit or set of plans I always make my own modifications sometimes deviating entirely from the original. If you want to be able to do whatever you want to with your projects then yes I would say get the books. Also finishing is a tricky business so unless everything is prefinished as well as premade (in which case just buy a guitar because you aren't doing much real work at this point) I would say get the books.
#9
Quote by random_B-RAD
Don't get a kit if you just want experience. take apart your current guitar (providing it isn't really expencive) and put it back together.

That is terrible advice. Kits are one of, if not the, best ways to get experience.

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