#1
Hi. I'm planning to build a guitar. I can't decide which one of these three should i go for. I will most likely go for the SG, but i want your opinions.

No matter what guitar i choose, i want to put P 90 pickups on it, but as i was searching for template pictures i couldm't find one to be for the P 90 pickups. If you could help me with that, I will appreciate that.

Also, (as I said, I will most likely choose to build the SG) i want the guitar to be without pickguard. But here

http://www.musiciansfriend.com/guitars/epiphone-g-400-deluxe-electric-guitar-no-pickguard

we can clearly see there is no pickguard with wires beneath it, but there's nothing on the other side. So, where do wires from the pickups go through and how did they put them there?

Also, i am planning to buy the whole neck with everything, and i am planning to buy a bolt-on neck because i think it is easier to mount it on the body. Should there be any adjustments on the body to make it compatibile with the neck (most likely stratocaster neck)

Also, when should i paint it and put finish on it? Right after i carve it? before putting the pickups? Before mounting the bridge?
#2
I'm a big SG fan personally. However, a bolt-on neck probably won't work very well with an SG. I believe they generally glue them to help with the (already rather poor) tuning stability.

As for your question about wires, I believe you have to wire the pickups in the pickup cavity before you fit them in place, and tidy the wires up through the fitting on the back of the body.

However, I am no luthier and don't know what I'm doing. If other poeple give different advise, I'd be tempted to trust them over me.
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#3
Me too, but this reversed Explorer looked so cool!

Well, thanks for the effort though
#4
Its two pieces. Theres a *what I presume to be* maple cap, or veneer on top, and then mahogany making up the rest of the body. A channel is routed in the body wood (mahogany piece) from the pickups to the control cavity, which is then covered by the top wood (maple piece).

Hope that helps - http://cooltheengines.tumblr.com/
If you scroll down the page you can check out some pictures from a les paul build I did and see how I did it.


As far as the neck is concerned, if you dont already have the neck and plan on buying one, I would just go with a set neck. Mounting it to the body is no "easier" or "difficult" really. You're clamping and drilling, or you're clamping and gluing.

I hate SG's with bolt on necks, but thats just me.
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Last edited by ma_tt11 at Jul 21, 2011,
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Its two pieces. Theres a *what I presume to be* maple cap, or veneer on top, and then mahogany making up the rest of the body. A channel is routed in the body wood (mahogany piece) from the pickups to the control cavity, which is then covered by the top wood (maple piece).

this.^

Or, if you dont want to add a top you can use a long drill bit an drill a hole from the neck pocket, through the neck pickup cavity all the way to the bridge pickup cavity. Then drill another hole from the corner of the bridge pickup cavity to the control cavity.

Assuming you're using a tune-o-matic bridge you will need to route the neck pocket at an angle so you're action wont be too high.

Finishing is typically done after all wood work is done and before any hardware is installed although a lot of builders like to install the tune-o-matic bushings before paint and cover them with tape.
#6
Thank you alot! I never knew that it can be consisted of two pieces of wood. Also, should I paint it with neck mounted, or body and neck separately?
#7
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Thank you alot! I never knew that it can be consisted of two pieces of wood. Also, should I paint it with neck mounted, or body and neck separately?


I mounted the neck, and then painted on my most recent build.
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