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I'm working on starting another guitar (first build thread in my sig), and decided that I'm going to build one from the ground up this time (neck + body). Specs are as follows:

Construction: set neck
Frets: 22
Bridge: hardtail
Body Wood: Mahogany
Neck Wood: Mahogany
Fingerboard Wood: Redheart
Pickguard Wood: Tentative

Wood choice isn't final yet as I need to go to the store and check out their selection, but I want an overall warmer tone than the first build, but still with a good upper range for attack. This build will again be slow as I'm still in school. Any input anybody has on what woods sound best/are easy or difficult to work with, it would be much appreciated!

Also, body shape:

Last edited by -Blue- at Jan 28, 2013,
W4RP1G
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I love everything about it, but the heel looks kind of odd. Or maybe it's just me?
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Your last build was great so this one should be good too. loving the overall shape, I will definitely be watching this thread.
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Quote by W4RP1G
I love everything about it, but the heel looks kind of odd. Or maybe it's just me?

Heel is tentative, just filled in for design purposes

Anyways, just picked up most of the wood for this yesterday. Found a beautiful piece of redheart I'm going to be using as the fingerboard; it's very striking and deep. I had my eye on a piece of marblewood before, but someone bought that before I had the chance. I'll be making the pickguard out of wood most likely, so I'm keeping a lookout for a piece of figured red wood wide enough to be a one-piece pickguard - though my fallback plan is a veneer. Body and neck will be out of mahogany to give it a warmer tone (picked something less exotic to draw more attention to the red in the fingerboard). Pic of redheart is below, even though the shot doesn't do it near the justice it deserves.

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The shape of the body is great but personally I would extend the upper horn on the pickguard a little and move it further away from the edge. Maybe that's just the drawing though.

Whatever you do, I look forward to seeing this progress!
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Quote by homeless-john
The shape of the body is great but personally I would extend the upper horn on the pickguard a little and move it further away from the edge. Maybe that's just the drawing though.

Whatever you do, I look forward to seeing this progress!

Thanks, the pickguard will actually be farther away from the edge in the real thing since I haven't taken edge beveling into account for the drawing. As for extending it to the upper horn, I'll have to see, but that may just be a stylistic difference.
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I do find the body shape quite odd. Not my guitar though

That f/board is going to be awesome though.
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I absolutely love that body shape, looking forward to seeing your progress.
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Thanks all! I'm starting to order stuff for building the neck and I want to make sure the prices are justified... mainly for the Essential Fretting Kit and the Miter box with Japanese Saw. Are these tools worth it for neck building? (It's worth noting that I will be building more later on, and may be doing some repair work soon). Any input is appreciated.
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It looks sorta like an Agile Intreprid mixed with a Fender Strat. Can't wait to lurk on the progress of this!
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I've been busy with school, but there is at least some progress to be reported. I've finished the MDF template (the heel is probably just flowing into the neck, so I'll tackle that in actual wood), and come up with a headstock design. Pics below:




Now, I was doing some research on different neck joints at Sam Ash and realized that there were no set-neck guitars in stock with fender-style, non-angled headstocks. Is there a specific reason for this? I asked one of the sales guys but he just said the word "break angle" a few times, so that wasn't particularly helpful.
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Well, it's apparently been three months since I posted here. Look at that.

Luckily (well, unluckily for me), there's not much i have to tell to keep everyone in the loop. I've gotten the wood joined, rough cut and routed to shape from the template. Now I'm working up the money to mass order the neck building equipment and another pickup template. Then I can start routing out the pickup area and constructing the neck.

Pictures:






And before you say anything... no, that is not the final heel shape. I'll get to it.