#1
Is the design of the guitar crucial for a good tone? I want to build my own and want to know if there is any specific way I should design it. Im thinking about buying a slab of wood, cutting it length wise and hollowing out the thicker half. Then I will glue the thinner half on top of the hollow half (sort of like a lid and pot). Its a simplistic idea and design but im wondering if it will sound decent?
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#2
This should be in the Gear Building and Customising section.

But.

I'd say keep the top one piece of wood, that you hollow out from below. And then glue a back on it.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#3
to be on the safe side, i'd stick to a more traditional looking hollow body and maybe try to replicate what they look like on the inside. i wouldnt believe it should matter so much because the sound comes from pickups not the wood/sound resonating like in acoustics, but its better to play it safe i think.
#5
Okay. Now that you are in the GB&C.

It shouldn't make too much of a difference. What the guy two posts above me said is in part, wrong. Because it has chambers, it will sound different from a solid body of the same shape etc.
build 1, finished 1/15/11

Every time I try to pick it up like falling sand,
As fast as I pick it up,
it runs away through my clutching hands.
There's nothing else I can really do...
#6
i just finished building a hollowbody.. i think pretty much the mroe hollow space you have, the more acoustic it will sound. you can add in a sound hole or two aswell.

like, you can make any guitar a hollowbody, like a lespaul, or tele. if your looking for something that has alot of acoustic power, youl want a bigger body, with a couple soundholes.

if your looking to just cut down on weight, then just hololow whatever shape you want out lol