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#1
Hi, I am planning to build my own explorer in about a week (when i get the wood) and need some help. The guitar will be a neck through, 24 fret, with a body made of poplar and the neck will be English lime with a rosewood fretboard.
My first question is whether or not you need a truss rod for a neck through and if so, what type, a 2 way hot rod from StewMac or a normal martin style or other.
My second question is what kind of bridge do i get if a want to make it a string through guitar.
Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thanks.
#2
Any neck needs a truss rod, and any truss rod will do the job fine.

What type of string thru? There's a heap of different bridges which can be string thru. Post a picture of what you mean.
#4
Looks like a standard Tune-o-matic
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#5
yep, as said above, thats a tune-o-matic. or ToM for short.
any will do. seing as this wont have a bigsby, dont bother with a roller tom
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Hi, I am planning to build my own explorer in about a week (when i get the wood) and need some help.

You cant build a guitar in a week. You can have all the wood you want, it ain't happening.
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You cant build a guitar in a week. You can have all the wood you want, it ain't happening.


He probably means he will start in a weeks time...
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He probably means he will start in a weeks time...

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he said he would be getting the wood in a week. thats what i got from the sentince.
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#10
^ That is what I got. Also, is anyone going to help you make this? If not, you need to make sure you know what you are doing, i.e. don't forget to buy the ferrules, which will prevent the strings from cutting into the wood where it goes through the body.


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#11
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^ That is what I got.

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he said he would be getting the wood in a week. thats what i got from the sentince.

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He probably means he will start in a weeks time...

De durp de durp de durp children.

Good luck on the build though.
#12
LP addict made guitars in under a week before. Sure, he was a bit more experienced, but it technically IS doable.
#13
Kyle (LP Addict) made guitars in two days. :p he said he could do it in six hours if glue time didn't take forever.

Good luck though! I'll be watching this.
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Quote by dogismycopilot
You cant build a guitar in a week. You can have all the wood you want, it ain't happening.


Yes i did mean i would be starting in about a week.
Thanks for the tip about the ferrules but I've been doing a lot of research in the past month and I think I know what I'm doing (I hope). I have built a guitar before as well, It's not that good cos I didn't have much money for it but It's an alright guitar for a first project.
I'll post pics when I start it.
Thanks for the help.
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Ok, I was wrong, but I don't want to admit it.


Fixed.

On topic, good luck with the build. I just stickied this thread, so I'm hoping for decent things.
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#16
Quote by G_EXPLORER77
Thanks for the tip about the ferrules but I've been doing a lot of research in the past month and I think I know what I'm doing (I hope).

you WILL need ferrules, or one of them tonebars (?) or somthing to stop it.
if the string cuts into the wood, it affects tuneing, and makes it sound totaly f'ed up for somereson (thats what happend on my LTD, on the high E string.)
so use SOMETHING, not necicaraly ferrules, though.
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#17
you can do it the ghetto way like i did on my diddley bow, I used 2 hexagonal nuts, one on each side of the string, to keep it from digging in.

but if you arent going for he ghetto, improvised instrument look, (i dont think you are) use ferrules.
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#19
I am going to buy ferrules for the guitar yes. If anyone know of any cheap but good quality guitar parts websites (if they exist) could they please tell me where to go.
Thanks.
#20
Quote by G_EXPLORER77
I am going to buy ferrules for the guitar yes. If anyone know of any cheap but good quality guitar parts websites (if they exist) could they please tell me where to go.
Thanks.

I actually get quiet a few parts from ebay stores. They are cheap, but good. Unless you want to shell out some big bucks for the serious stuff, ebay is the way to go.
#23
Just FYI, you'll have to buy 2 sets of ferrules. One set for the back and the other for the front.
#24
Yeh, Thanks.
Can anyone tell me if you should cut the shape before gluing the guitar together or once it's glued together and should I wait for the fingerboard to come before I start my project?
#27
That's fully up to you. I would personally use Medium medium.

And if I was you, I'd rough cut the wings first then glue them to the neck blank using the body offcuts to help you get the clamps 90 degrees. And you'll want the fretboard before you do any of the neck work or routing on the body.
#28
Cut the body, then glue it to the neck. It's easier to get the wings level than to rout an entire body.
#29
Quote by blindsagacity
you can do it the ghetto way like i did on my diddley bow, I used 2 hexagonal nuts, one on each side of the string, to keep it from digging in.

but if you arent going for he ghetto, improvised instrument look, (i dont think you are) use ferrules.


Or you could get a pair of old Converse Snakers, and use the little metal shoelace holes?
i'm pretty sure that would work..


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#30
So would I get lower string action and would it be a faster and easier neck if I had lower fretwire and what thickness should the fretwire be. I am aiming for a fast neck that has lowwww string action and is fast!
Thanks
#31
The smaller the fretwire the closer the strings will be to the fretboard. If you go for bigger fretwire the strings will be further away from the fretboard, but in both situations, the strings can still be low over the frets.

The size of the frets also effect your playing, if you play with a softer touch and prefer to not feel the fretboard as much go for higher frets, if you play with a harder touch you'll want to go for something lower.
#33
Sorry for so many questions but i want to get this right the first time.
So if I wanted to have a faster neck which would give me a better outcome?
#34
It really depends on how you play.
Like I said, if you have a softer touch, you can get taller frets. If you want a faster neck with taller frets you'll want to have a thinner neck than you would with shorter frets.

As I said before, I would prefer medium medium or even medium high.
#37
What is taking so long?
Maybe the fact that he hasn't even started it yet and he only started asking questions 3 days ago?

What is wrong with you?
#38
Cam's right, I haven't even started the build yet, I've been trying to get as much info as I can. I also don't have a whole lotta money at the moment so I probably won't be finished until about mid this year but I hope to finish it as soon as I can. In the mean time I would really appreciate any help and Thanks heaps to anyone that has helped me so far
#39
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What is taking so long?
Maybe the fact that he hasn't even started it yet and he only started asking questions 3 days ago?

What is wrong with you?

Wow, what's with the 3rd degree? I ask a question politely and all i get back is rawr.


Im just kidding btw. I love the look of explorers and cant wait to see even the first stages.

You'll do well.
#40
Quote by dogismycopilot
You done with the build yet?

What the **** is taking so long?

Yeah real polite.
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