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Hey all, I've been trying to get my hands on a 9 string for quite a while now. Now, when I say 9 string, Im talking about, basically the type of guitar Matt Pike used to play, with the regular 6 string set-up with octave strings pairing with the g-b-e strings. I can't seem to get my hands on one. First act custom shop made his and another one for Bill Kelliher, but I haven't been able to get a response from their custom dept. even though I've emailed several times. I've thought about just removing the octave strings on a 12 string on the e-a-d strings and playing it that way, but I'm concerned it might jack up the neck over time... So i've entertained the idea of building my own 9 string, mostly because I would love to learn how, mostly. So, with this, comes a few questions.....

1.) I've never built a guitar, I have done some woodwork in the past....Am I biting off more than I can chew with this?
2.) I've done some reading here and there...Is there a supply shop for the wood/parts that is preferred among the luthiers here?
3.) What else should I know before I even start?

Thanks everyone.
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#2
Are you planning to build the guitar totally from scratch, or were you hoping to buy some pre-made parts to put together?

Lots of people building their first guitar go with the 'buy a body and neck, then put the final touches on them' route, and it's definitely the easier way..you don't have to worry about access to a shop/machines, and many of the more intimidating things are already done for you.

Obviously if you're going with a 9 string then there'll be more final touches though.. mainly the bridge (your best bet would be a tune-o-matic with unslotted saddles, which would need to be slotted appropriately for the extra strings), as well as the nut (again, slotted to work with the added strings), and a headstock that'll support the extra tuners without running into one another

As a first build it's definitely a little ambitious, so whether you're biting off more than you can chew or not is kind of up to your own abilities