#1
So I'm going to try to build a guitar for my senior project....
I have a guy that's going to help me. But before I start bombing him with questions, I had to ask.... There are a few things I'd love, but I want to know, are any of these too crazy to try? :

1) Top wood (flame or quilted maple)

2) Set neck (I just don't like bolt....)

3) Fretboard inlays
#2
1) Not crazy, but expensive. You could do a veneer, though.
2) Not crazy at all
3) Not crazy, but time consuming. Since it's a project for school, I'd suggest you focus on the functional parts more than the cosmetic features.
#3
Quote by sashki
1) Not crazy, but expensive. You could do a veneer, though.
2) Not crazy at all
3) Not crazy, but time consuming. Since it's a project for school, I'd suggest you focus on the functional parts more than the cosmetic features.


Well I want to learn how to build guitars anyway. My senior project is just an excuse to learn now xD

What's a veneer?

I want to make this a guitar I really want to play, not just I want to play it because I built it
#4
Quote by sashki
1) Not crazy, but expensive. You could do a veneer, though.
2) Not crazy at all
3) Not crazy, but time consuming. Since it's a project for school, I'd suggest you focus on the functional parts more than the cosmetic features.


Well I want to learn how to build guitars anyway. My senior project is just an excuse to learn now xD

What's a veneer?

I want to make this a guitar I really want to play, not just I want to play it because I built it
#5
well if you want to make guitars, you should definitely do some research! a veneer is a think piece of wood. think of it like, wall paper on top of your guitar, except its wood. you can make the body out of one wood, and put a veneer on for looks. or you can put a cap on it, which is similar but more thick.
inlays are difficult, you would want to practice it a lot. i tried once, i decided i didnt need them after all

a set neck is more difficult to be accurate with, but with help and patience you could get it. a lot of people suggest making bolt ons first and then when you get more experience doing set. but thats not always the case, and its possible to do a set your first time.

patience, research, and something i dont have that would help, books! theres a lot of books out there that people swear by
#6
Quote by xadioriderx
you should definitely do some research!

a set neck is more difficult to be accurate with, but with help and patience you could get it.

theres a lot of books out there that people swear by


+1 to all of these!

I did a set neck on my very first instrument and it came out great! You will need a router and a good idea of how to route the cavity to exactly match the neck though (do a little research and you'll find a lot of good suggestions on how to do this).

Here are a couple of books:

1) Martin Coch's guitar making book "Building Electric Guitars"

2) Waring and Raymond's "Make Your Own Electric Guitar & Bass"

3) Dan Erlewine's "Fret Work Step By Step" -- good fretwork is hugely important to making a playable instrument, this book will help make your first instrument at least 25% better


Quote by sashki
1) Not crazy, but expensive. You could do a veneer, though.


I would recommend against the veneer, since it's your first build there may be too many opportunities to mess it up, which is easy to do because it will only be 1/32-1/16" thick.

Check out StewMac.com for lutherie supplies, also LMII.com. There is tons of other good guitar building info online too!