#1
Hello,
im very new to building and modifying guitars, but i am good with tools and everything so i was hoping to get into a build. but i definitely need some guidance

this is the guitar i came up with last night




i was hoping to make it like that.
kind of an offset style les paul
in the style of an ltd for electronics wise.
its just a rough right now obviously.


also, i was going to buy a premade neck to make the process go alot easier.

the one from Stewmac is the one i was gonna buy
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bodies,_necks,_wood/Electric_guitar:_Necks/Through-body_Guitar_Neck.html

is this too much to pay for a neck?
how much does the average neck like this cost to build from scratch?

what size should i route the pickup cavities for EMGs?
im thinking about moving the pickup selector to where the knobs are., so i dont hit it while im playing.
and thats not the exact hardware im going to use.
id like to get a black bridge

anyone got anything i should know before going into this?

thanks for any help.
Last edited by Tguitarplyr182 at Jul 26, 2010,
#3
To your neck pricing question: For me, it doesn't seem OVERLY expensive for a maple neck. Personally, I would go to Warmoth and use their Neck Builder to make one exactly to your specifications.

They don't make neck-thru designs, but they are still very high quality.

Here's the link:
http://www.warmoth.com/pages/CustomNeck.aspx

If you want a more inexpensive route to take, Warmoth also has in-stock necks you can choose from here:
http://www.warmoth.com/Pages/ClassicShowcase.aspx?Body=1&Spotlight=1&Path=Neck

Hell, I'm looking at buying a 3A Flame Maple neck from there for $503

Good luck!
#4
It's way cheaper to make your own neck, as well as more rewarding.
The only special tool(s) you would need are a radius block and a fret saw. However you can buy a pre slotted & pre radiused board, if you dont want to do that part of making the neck.
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#5
what exactly is the price difference of making a neck on my own?

and is it possible to have the neck through go behind the top wood. sort of like cutting a bit off of the top of the piece of the neck that goes through the guitar, so it can fit in a cavity i put under the Mahogany (which is what i plan on using for this). so that it doesnt show in the front of the guitar?

also, yes that is hardwood flooring from google haha. i was just trying to make a mock up of a guitar, and i couldnt find anything better for woodgrain quick enough
#7
i think i will try out making my own neck.

anyone got any good links with instructions on what i am trying to do?

id like to put a binding on both the guitar and neck.
#8
Quote by Tguitarplyr182
i think i will try out making my own neck.

anyone got any good links with instructions on what i am trying to do?

id like to put a binding on both the guitar and neck.



By all means give it a go, but just be careful when first-time binding...

Make sure you slot the board deep enough to allow for loss of thickness when you radius the board.

Also try not to get too much glue flowing into the slots when gluing the binding on or you could find they fill too much to sit the frets properly. Get a fret tang nipper (or convert a metal nibbler - the cheaper option).

Good luck
#9
how do i find the radius for a gibson style neck?

i like the way they play the best.

and ive decided that a neck thru isnt the best way to go for me. set neck seems like a way better option.
#10
you could try ebay, guitar fetish, googling guitar necks to see what comes out loads of things
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i actually really love that shape



thanks haha. i could only find one other guitar with anything close to it.

i kinda took the idea from the viper being like an offset SG style
and ive wanted an ltd so i figured id build one haha
#13
Quote by Tguitarplyr182
and is it possible to have the neck through go behind the top wood. sort of like cutting a bit off of the top of the piece of the neck that goes through the guitar, so it can fit in a cavity i put under the Mahogany (which is what i plan on using for this). so that it doesnt show in the front of the guitar?

Totally possible, yes.
#14
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thanks haha. i could only find one other guitar with anything close to it.

i kinda took the idea from the viper being like an offset SG style
and ive wanted an ltd so i figured id build one haha


It reminds me of the Schecter Solo-6.
#15
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The only special tool(s) you would need are a radius block and a fret saw.

You dont need to buy a radius block. I found some file on the internet where you can just print off one onto paper. Then sand down the fretboard, and check the radius using the paper. Its not a traditional sanding block, but it does the job.

http://www.pickguardian.com/pickguardian/Images/Pickguardian%20Neck%20Radius%20Gauges.pdf

Ive found a shop selling an acrylic version of these for a tenner each... personally i'd rather save myself twenty quid and use card!
Sure, theyre not as good as the stewmac ones:
http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Fretting_supplies/Leveling/Fretboard_Radius-sanding_Blocks/8_Wooden_Radius-sanding_Blocks.html
but theyre free!
#16
I use the LMII ones. There double sided and fairly cheap.
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#17
alright, im going to be doing the body first. and then build the neck second.

for routing for a set neck what should i do?

and do i need extra space for EMG electronics??
#18
Build the neck first, then you can use it as a template for the perfect neck cavity.

Then once the neck is in place you can place the bridge, once thats done you can place the pups.

I really wouldnt want to do any routing or drilling for a bridge or pups without having the neck first.




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