#1
Does anyone know any tips on making a guitar from skratch?
also, how are the frets put in, indented in the wood or glued?
and the fret markers, where can i get MOP inlays(custom) and is it ok to paint it?
is it ok to not have a fingerboard, but a neck with out one?
can binding be done looking good using paint?
is a trus-rod nesscarry?
http://www.jcfonline.com/resources/csgen/JCFCustomShop.htm
i will be making the kelly star
thanks, UG really helped me alot
i would like to stay under 100 bucks on gear
im only 14
yes, i will be using stock pickups and plastic tuners
Thanks anyways
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#2
Frets are glued into slotted wood, chech out www.allparts.com its a great site that you can order a neck from. I would recommend ordering one, yes a truss is a MUST if you want to be playable for very long. Is a fretboard needed? What do you mean, you need to have more that one layer to put in a truss. Dont painting ur fretboard is a bad idea as the seal will block the resonsance from the wood, and yes you can do bindin with paint, though then its not binding.. What wood are you looking to use for the body/neck/fingerboard, ect...
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#3
Check out the faq.

1. Frets are glued
2. dunno where to get MOP, check with you local luthier if you got one.
3. I don't know what you mean with a neck without a fingerboard.
4. I can be done, but it won't be binding.
5. And a truss-rod is essential. Your neck will either snap or curve without one.


And I don't think you will be able to build a guitar under 100 bucks.
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#4
Frets CAN be glued, but usually they're just pressed into the wood and the fret slot.
You do need a fretboard.
You can use plastic dots for inlays.

What kind of tools do you have access to?
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#5
well, i have acess to almost no tools except my school. I think they have a bandsaw, im not sure. thanks for the replies.
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#6
A bandsaw is s start, now u just need like 100 other tool and your good togo! Good luck.
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#7
thanks again. ummm so the overview
1. cut out body
2. measure the cavitys and stuff
3. paint the body and finish it
4. wire it pickups and such

how do u get holes in the body? do i just power drill the nails in?
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#8
Router out the pickup holes...
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#9
umm.. ok but idk wat that means.
does any one here have AIM so i can chat instead of looking every 3 minutes?
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oh, so how long is this going to take?
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#10
I mean take a router and use it to cut the holes out of the body for the pickups, and sorry dont have AIM..
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#11
ok. that's kinda what i meant by cavity; my bad, im new to this stuff. k
neck overview
1.get wood
2.cut wood
3. angle headstock (wat angle?)
4. make the shape of the neck
5. glue fretboard
6. put frets
7. take it apart because i don't know where the trus goes

does anyone have AIM?
it makes life easier cuz i don't have to check every 3 minutes
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#12
Get wood hang wood to dry it, then cut the wood including the routering out a slot down the middle, for the truss rod
The neck is on the bottom, then in the middle of the neck, under the fretboard, is the truss rod, on top of the truss is the fretboard. Be sure to anchor the truss, best off to go find a luthier in your area and ask him to explain it for you...
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#13
is it ok to not have a fingerboard, but a neck with out one?
is a trus-rod nesscarry?
i would like to stay under 100 bucks on gear
well, i have acess to almost no tools except my school. I think they have a bandsaw,
how do u get holes in the body? do i just power drill the nails in?
umm.. ok but idk wat that means.
3. angle headstock (wat angle?)
4. make the shape of the neck
5. glue fretboard
6. put frets
7. take it apart because i don't know where the trus goes
oh, so how long is this going to take?


look, i dont mean to be a party pooper here, or the voice of negitivity but.... dont expect great things from this project. I mean no disrespect, its great that you are trying this but i'm just saying that it is going to be harder than you think. if you are hell bent on making the body, i highly suggest just cutting it with an appropriate sized neck pocket and just buying a neck. building a halfway decent neck is very difficult ( installing the truss rod, installing frets, getting the frets perfectly in scale so all you notes are accurate) and probably not the best idea for your first build - esecially with the seemingly very limited amount of woodworking skills that you have. i dunnno, maybe you'll surprise me and prove me wrong - and trust me, i hope you do - but i'm just saying ....good luck.... and keep posting your progress and any questions.
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#14
Buy a neck. It's quicker, and it's alot harder to screw up.
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#15
Besides a Jig/Band Saw, and a Router, you'll need a Ton of Guitar-specific tools. You will need some plexi or MDF to make your roughting templates, which you would have to cut yourself. You need fretting ruller, fretting saws, and TON of clamps. The Neck itself will take a few specialist tools To make the body is simpler,you will need to flatten 2-3 pieces of wood, glue them sucessfully for 24 hours, and cut it out to precice measurements using a template.


Honestly, in tools itself you are looking at a a couple hundred at bare minimum if you already not have them.

The best way would probably buy a body, neck, electronics sepeartely and assemble it.
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#16
You want to do a hundred dollar guitar build? Not gonna happen man. Your looking at $90+ for the wood alone, about $150+ for the tools, maybe the actual hardware like pups, bridge (unless your goin trem) tuners you might get away with 100, but not if you want quality parts.

I don't mean to rain on your parade, but I would recommend you don't do this until you have some more experience. You should buy a book about this, I mean, there is just too much stuff you dont know.

It is great that you ask, because we always want to help, but maybe you should look into this more before you decide to do it.

I am by no means saying "nvr bild a gitar u suk nub" but maybe postpone it for a while. I would recommend a basic woodworking class at least.
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#17
Buy the book "make your own electric guitar" by melvyn hiscock and read it afew times before even buying wood.
#18
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Buy the book "make your own electric guitar" by melvyn hiscock and read it afew times before even buying wood.


+1. If you have absolutely no idea (which it would seem like from this thread), you should start reading and getting ideas about what you're going to do before even thinking of starting a build.
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#19
thanks. the wood, i was thinking about getting furniture off the street and using that. im not even sure. is the neck really that hard to make? im on a really tight budget. thanks guys. if this comes out good, ill post pics. maybe by june. idk.
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#20
did you read the sticky at the top of the forum that says "Getting Started on Customizing" ?

cuz know offense but you're no where near done enough research to even consider this.
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#21
did you read the sticky at the top of the forum that says "Getting Started on Customizing" ?

cuz no offense but you're no where near done enough research to even consider this.
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#22
No you can;t use furniture off the street! Unless you want to make the ghettoist guitar ever... hey, you should make a ghetto guitar, it would be cool...

But if you want an instrument that doesn't sound like a small animal entangled in power tools, you need good parts.
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#23
did you read the sticky at the top of the forum that says "Getting Started on Customizing" ?

cuz no offense but you're no where near done enough research to even consider this.

yeah i read it. but not the neck. and mike ammot does fukkin > you and alexi > me
k, i know how to do the body now, what are the different measurements for a AANJ and is it the same as the fender neck pockets(i hate fender, but IMO) and how do u make a AANJ because the wood is like dented inwards so the nails could go through the neck.
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#24
oh, the guitar is going to me really really ghetto. i even have it done in a real ghetto neighbor hood. and using car paint.
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#25
The wood isn't dented, its carved to that shape. The neck pocket doesn't change in size at all, its the wood behind the neck that changes. And there are no "standard" measurements, the size of the neck pocket depends on the neck.

You carve, sand, saw, whatever (as long as you don't dent) the wood until you get the angles/contour you want. If you don't want the SCREWS to go through the neck, buy shorter screws according to how the wood changes in depth.
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#26
Check out this list of guitar building resources I recently put together. The list includes a couple of books, sources for tutorials, valuable forums, etc. I found them all useful for my first guitar build.

Ghetto or not, do the research before you get started.

Regards,

Rob
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#27
dont start until you get a book on this. i got the ebook building electric guitars by martin koch. its really good at explaining the basics. you seem no where near ready to start a build your gonna need some wood working experience
#28
the wood, i was thinking about getting furniture off the street and using that.
the wood is like dented inwards so the nails could go through the neck.


Wow dude...seriously, LEARN MORE ABOUT GUITARS BEFORE TRYING TO BUILD ONE. i'm not trying to be mean, but buy the book and do LOTS of research before even thinking bout this. Street furniture and nails? i just dont know what to say...
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