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#41
Quote by LeviMan_2001
Get yourself a good template bit and make MDF templates. I've screwed with freehand routing before and put simply, it doesn't work. Unless you're a god.


I have a template. Just not an MDF one. The routes are all drawn directly onto the wood before any routing is done and only one line is done at a time so that each one is correct. There is no freehand going on here.
#42


Well that looks like crap... The body still needs to be shaped, routed, and finished (after a ton of sanding obviously). The pickups will be black open coils, not these TERRIBLE SOUNDING GUITARHEAD PICKUPS, and there will obviously be ferrules for the strings to go through the body.
#43
Quote by Wisthekiller
I have a template. Just not an MDF one. The routes are all drawn directly onto the wood before any routing is done and only one line is done at a time so that each one is correct. There is no freehand going on here.


Not sure what you mean but if your thought is to try to follow a line with the router, it is not going to happen. Make an MDF template. Otherwise, at best you screw up the body, at worst, you can hurt yourself. I hate routers. They scare me more than any other tool because they have so much power and are so prone to kick back.

Also, when you put the router bit in the collet, is the bit bottoming out? If so, this is why it is slipping. I think you want about a 16th of an inch gap between the bottom. Finally, make several passes instead of trying to hog it all out at once. Better outcome and safer.
#44
Quote by Rusty_Chisel
Not sure what you mean but if your thought is to try to follow a line with the router, it is not going to happen. Make an MDF template. Otherwise, at best you screw up the body, at worst, you can hurt yourself. I hate routers. They scare me more than any other tool because they have so much power and are so prone to kick back.

Also, when you put the router bit in the collet, is the bit bottoming out? If so, this is why it is slipping. I think you want about a 16th of an inch gap between the bottom. Finally, make several passes instead of trying to hog it all out at once. Better outcome and safer.


I set up a system of boards so that it is only possible to go where I need to, to go outside, I'd need to lift up the router of a board and past a clamp and put it on the outside of it

The bit falling out was because the uncle I inherited it from stored the butt of a joint in the collet for some reason that is beyond me.
#46
"i'll hide my stash in my router, mom'll never think to look here!"

but it looks real good

what's wrong with the guitarheads?
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#47
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"i'll hide my stash in my router, mom'll never think to look here!"

but it looks real good

what's wrong with the guitarheads?


He was 60 something with dead parents that actually used to buy it for him when he was 12 and too shy to get it himself.

The guitarheads are hideously bright. I put them in an all-mahogany Les Paul. They still sounded too bright. Find an EMG 81 in the bridge position, turn up the highs on your amp completely, and everything else down. That still is not as bright as the neck position on these with the tone down.
#48
That 'bird's got some manly kind of charm. Raw, simple!

You gonna keep the Epi neck as is or make a new one?

Hope this goes well!

Oh, and YOU SUCK!
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#49
Quote by Jusamies
That 'bird's got some manly kind of charm. Raw, simple!

You gonna keep the Epi neck as is or make a new one?

Hope this goes well!

Oh, and YOU SUCK!


I think Firebird heads are a bit ugly so I'm keeping it.

AND YES I DO SUCK!
#50
looks good so far...

I think a LP headstock would look cool on it...
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#51
Getting there my man. Haven't looked in here in aaages, completely forgot about this build.
#53
I've been lurking this thread since December. Thought it was about time I said "Hi".
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#54
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I've been lurking this thread since December. Thought it was about time I said "Hi".


Hey

I'll do more work tomorrow. Couldn't work today because unfortunately, my great grandma passed away. The funeral and service were across the state and today.
#56
A firebird is a bright sounding mahogany guitar with mini humbuckers and a vibrato sometimes. And I guess maple neck. You are going to brake a guitar, and load a firebird shaped pine with alnico V humbuckers and a mahogany neck. Result? A shitty wood job, and an insult to fire bird.

Can I ask you, do you know about the stuff about waiting off the wood, the month / season the wood was cut, drying, and creating resonance?
Last edited by cemges at Jan 27, 2012,
#57
Quote by Wisthekiller
Hey

I'll do more work tomorrow. Couldn't work today because unfortunately, my great grandma passed away. The funeral and service were across the state and today.


That sucks. My grandad died last year and we went down like the other side of the country so he could be buried along with other relatives. It's looking good so far mate. Keep it up. And I agree about routers as well. I wouldn't trust one as far as I could throw it (which to be fair is probably quite far lol)
EH


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#58
A firebird is a bright sounding mahogany guitar with mini humbuckers and a vibrato sometimes. And I guess maple neck. You are going to brake a guitar, and load a firebird shaped pine with alnico V humbuckers and a mahogany neck. Result? A shitty wood job, and an insult to fire bird.

Can I ask you, do you know about the stuff about waiting off the wood, the month / season the wood was cut, drying, and creating resonance?


Thank's for keeping up with the updates! The pickups are not longer Alnico Vs. The neck on mine is maple, while the original has mahogany and to be honest, isn't even very bright. Pine is actually a great tonewood (go down to your closest guitar store and pick up a Squier Classic Vibe Tele, and it sounds pretty great). Poplar, which makes up the back half of the instrument is actually also pretty nice sounding despite being cheap. I made sure the wood was dry and wouldn't warp before starting.

(oh, and stop being a douchebag)

That sucks. My grandad died last year and we went down like the other side of the country so he could be buried along with other relatives. It's looking good so far mate. Keep it up. And I agree about routers as well. I wouldn't trust one as far as I could throw it (which to be fair is probably quite far lol)


Thanks for the compliment and sorry about your grandad. The router issue was fixed enough to get what I needed done.


Anyone wanna help me out with making a neck pocket?
#60
I might not even shape that body. It looks cool and raw right now. I think that a dark red stain would look great. http://www.guitarnerd.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/5949457933_b339e210ac-431x322.jpg That looks really good. Guitarnerd.com sounds like a dumb version of UG.

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#61
A friendly "You Suck!"

Actually, this looks pretty cool.
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#63
Do you think the poplar will be heavy enough to stop the neck from diving? I don't mean to pick fault but firebirds are notorious for it.
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#64
Quote by Speckled_Hen
Do you think the poplar will be heavy enough to stop the neck from diving? I don't mean to pick fault but firebirds are notorious for it.


A nice thick strap will be enough, hopefully. Plus my tuners won't be the ridiculously heavy banjo-styled ones like on real Firebirds.
#65
moar clamps! erm... pics!
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#66
YOU SUCK!

But that's a pretty cool guitar you're making there. I hope to start making one pretty soon, but I've got EMGs going in.

A quick question about pine, if you don't mind: Roughly what size are the pieces you used? Pine is pretty much the cheapest wood I can get, and I'm pretty interested in using it for a guitar. Also, does anyone know if it's viable as a neck wood?
#67
YOU SUCK!

I like it when builders do something a bit unusual.
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#68
YOU SUCK!

But that's a pretty cool guitar you're making there. I hope to start making one pretty soon, but I've got EMGs going in.

A quick question about pine, if you don't mind: Roughly what size are the pieces you used? Pine is pretty much the cheapest wood I can get, and I'm pretty interested in using it for a guitar. Also, does anyone know if it's viable as a neck wood?


I used a single plank, total I used about 25x17x1.5, two of those clamped together. I don't think pine would be a good neck wood, but DTN thinks it is. Jillard and a few other respected builders disagree with him though.

YOU SUCK!

I like it when builders do something a bit unusual.


I wanted an old-timey guitar. Old Teles were made of pine, and Firebirds are F*CKING AWESOME!!!
#70
Quote by Wisthekiller
I used a single plank, total I used about 25x17x1.5, two of those clamped together. I don't think pine would be a good neck wood, but DTN thinks it is. Jillard and a few other respected builders disagree with him though.


Inches, cm, angstroms?
EH


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#79
Quote by JCGGUITARS
are you doing robot tuners? that would be epic!


No it wouldn't.

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(plus robot tuners are just awful)


That they are.

Quote by JCGGUITARS
im not surprised cuz they are sooooooo expensive. how bout effects?


I don't think price would have much to do with it, robot tuners are just awful. If all guitars end up with them, musicians who play guitar are ****ed.

Quote by Wisthekiller
This isn't a Firebird X. Just an old fashioned Reverse Firebird. All effects will be on the pedalboard.


You are a genius. Firebird X's are terrible. Yours however, looks like it will turn out grate. Normal firebirds are grate.
#80
Interesting thread.
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