#1
Yep, first build, I have yet to start, but I have some questions.

So, I'm gonna order plans somewhere in the near future, but I need to know where I can get some good, cheap wood. I'm going for a V of some sort, so it needs to be a large plank, I'm looking at this right now, but I don't know if it's good enough.

http://cgi.ebay.com/NICE-2-pc-ALDER-GUITAR-BODY-BLANK-BOARDS-29_W0QQitemZ330182407056QQihZ014QQcategoryZ41406QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

If not, I remember someone posted a store that had some real cheap mahogany, it was an ebay store, if anyone can provide me with it, that would be awesome.

Also, can anyone give me some good sites that offer tutorials on building, I have some good woodworking experience, but wondering if anyone has some good reads on building guitars.
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#2
Those aren't really nice, they have a lot of defects and they are two different colours. If you're painting it a solid colour that doesn't matter though.

http://www.exotic-woods.com/index.html is a Canadian wood company if you live up here.

http://www.warmoth.com/ are pricey, but great quality.

http://www.stewmac.com/shop/Bodies,_necks,_wood/Electric_guitar:_Bodies.html you can generally always trust stewmac.

http://www.exoticwoods.com/home.php these guys sell almost every kind of wood you want for guitars.

http://www.projectguitar.com/ these guys have almost everything you need from buying, to building, to painting.
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Damn it Øttər, your post was so much better than mine
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#5
I know about project guitar, but I need more stuff, like more in-depth reading material.

I am doing the guitar a solid color, that's why I didn't care about the wood coloration, and I can always plane or sand away most defects, so that doesn't really matter either
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One piece are harder to find and are supposed to produce more sustain. I'd just go for a 2 piece myself.

Ahh, well, I might just go for a 2 piece mahogany, you think that'll work good for a V?
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#10
To get a V from a body blank it needs to be a one piece one unless you get a 2 piece thats mega wide.
Check out my V and Explorer thread to see how you can get a V from a standard 1 piece body -

V and Explorer Build
#11
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On the exotic wood site, why is the 3 piece mahogany cheaper than the 1-piece? Is it smaller, or a lesser grade or something?

http://www.exoticwoods.com/product.php?productid=41&cat=66&page=1


Guitar body blanks are about 16 inches in width. Since almost all good wood companies have tree farms, they aim to produce as much usable wood in the least amount of time possible. It takers a lot less time to grow three 4 inch trees than one 16 inch tree. In short, one piece bodies cost more because they take longer to make.


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EDIT: In response to your question, yeah I think a two piece mahogany body is a great choice for an authentic Gibson V sound, although good luck finding one big enough. I believe someone posted something about how he was able to make a V out of a body blank, I read that thread, and the idea works well. Use that as a model, and I think it should turn out great.

As for reading material, I have found Martin Oakhams Build Your Own Electric Guitar to be very helpful, it cover wood selection, part selection, tool selection, and has an in depth guide to building a guitar from scratch and full size Stratocaster Style plans.
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To get a V from a body blank it needs to be a one piece one unless you get a 2 piece thats mega wide.
Check out my V and Explorer thread to see how you can get a V from a standard 1 piece body -

V and Explorer Build

That's a great idea man, do you think I can pull that off with a two piece on the site I posted?
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#13
If you can find a 2 piece blank that isn't already glued, you should be good.
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#14
^What difference would that make?
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#15
well that way you can cut each side of the v from each blank...if its glued then you have to center your v... which may or may not cause it to be smaller...but hey go for it! sounds awesome! i plan on making one myself so ill post when i start!
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That's a great idea man, do you think I can pull that off with a two piece on the site I posted?


If your doing a natural finish, then I wouldnt try it with a 2 piece coz it meanr joining it first, then sawing it diagonaly and joining it again. You'll have what is really a 4 piece body then.

Its fine if your doing a solid finish coz its hidden.
#18
Well then I think I'll be just fine, I don't plan on doing a natural finish, if I do, I'll probably end up getting a maple top or veneer.
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