Poll: What do you think of the design overall? (practicality, comfortability, etc)
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View poll results: What do you think of the design overall? (practicality, comfortability, etc)
1 - Not that great.
14 23%
2
4 7%
3
4 7%
4
2 3%
5 - It is okay.
4 7%
6
3 5%
7
11 18%
8
5 8%
9
2 3%
10 - Make this guitar already!
11 18%
Voters: 60.
#1
An old friend of mine and I just got together and decided that we will design and make custom guitars. Keep in mind that we are 16-17-ish and still in high school, but my friend's skills of carpentry are excellent and I have been drawing lots of blueprints and characters since I was 4 (I'm an artist, in other words).

Well, my first inspiration was a panda eating bamboo. If you click on the link below, you'll see a guitar layout of this theme guitar with 5 possible headstocks for it (I picked the headstocks because they seemed to fit the bamboo theme).

http://i37.tinypic.com/jqhtfc.jpg

Okay, so here's what I want you guys of UG.com to do:
Since this is my first time designing a guitar, I do NOT want you to sugarcoat this, please be as critical as you can, so I can better myself.
Also, talk about the possibility of this design being do-able or practical, maybe some changes to make, etc.

I really want to hear from you!
#2
I've never built a guitar, but that looks really hard. :P

If you do pull this off though, I think the PRS headstock would look the best.
#4
Stick with this idea and go with it, you have the basic concept!
PRS looks the best, I agree.
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#5
It's a really great idea, but it is in no way practical. The neck is lumpy...

For show, this would be a good design if it turned out really well. But for playing, no.

The best headstock would probably be first one.

If you want it to look really really nice, you could give the panda some definition.
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#7
Wow, that's a nice design for a custom guitar! Grats if you pull it off!

Also, I think its fairly doable but it might get somewhat hard.

Other than that, go with the PRS headstock, the rest wouldn't fit the whole bamboo/panda theme.
#8
make your own headstock. something like the prs though. try some palm tree :P
don't know about the playability of the headstock neither.
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#9
Quote by 66something
also looks like a bit much space from fret 24 to the pickups.


I agree.
#10
looks like the neck might be a bit too long/out of proportion and something about the pickups doesn't look right(maybe space them out a bit more), but could just be the scale

hope you pull it off though =]
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#11
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#12
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It's a really great idea, but it is in no way practical. The neck is lumpy...

For show, this would be a good design if it turned out really well. But for playing, no.

The best headstock would probably be first one.

If you want it to look really really nice, you could give the panda some definition.


Yes, maybe for show or display.
The concave-ness and grooves in the bamboo were exaggerated in the design too.
#13
i love it, i think the prs headstock would look best
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#14
In that case T.VO,

Great job. Get on it! And good luck. This will be quite the project.
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#15
well it is possible to make, but the neck should be smooth if you plan on playing it. last year at highschool in my wood shop class to guy's were making guitars, they weren't really complicated designs but they did have some problems with things. you really need to do your research on stuff, like how thick the body needs to be for your bridge and how thick your headstock needs to be for the tuners to fit properly. the woodshop teacher builds guitars and sells them so he was able to help them alot but stuff happens and they didn't even finish them at school, it is a very long process to make a guitar.
#16
I think its too much of a gimic to be taken seriously, but if thats what your after then go for it.

Plus it looks mega uncomfortable.




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#17
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well it is possible to make, but the neck should be smooth if you plan on playing it. last year at highschool in my wood shop class to guy's were making guitars, they weren't really complicated designs but they did have some problems with things. you really need to do your research on stuff, like how thick the body needs to be for your bridge and how thick your headstock needs to be for the tuners to fit properly. the woodshop teacher builds guitars and sells them so he was able to help them alot but stuff happens and they didn't even finish them at school, it is a very long process to make a guitar.

Thank you.
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#19
definatly smooth the neck out, but other then that it is mucho sexy, and you should make it right away.
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#20
This guitar will most likely be for show or display, but keep in mind that the image only shows the basic image of the guitar and has no measurements because my friend and I have not worked that out yet.

And the bamboo shape is highly exaggerated, bamboo is actually straight and smooth. I would know, 'cause I'm Asian.
#21
Honestly its a great desing and very original!

I know you say that its mainly just for display but if you smoothed the neck out (I realize you said its exaggerated in the desing) and place the fretboard a bit closer to the pickups, you will have a guitar that you can show off on stage and would look great just sitting on a stand or in a display case.

I mean not every guitar has to be playable but it would just make that guitar so much more awesome if you could pull it out at a gig and play a song or two on it
#22
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Honestly its a great desing and very original!

I know you say that its mainly just for display but if you smoothed the neck out (I realize you said its exaggerated in the desing) and place the fretboard a bit closer to the pickups, you will have a guitar that you can show off on stage and would look great just sitting on a stand or in a display case.

I mean not every guitar has to be playable but it would just make that guitar so much more awesome if you could pull it out at a gig and play a song or two on it

Thank you, I will try to ratify the design a bit and try to get it "playable."
#23
keep the sides of the neck smooth, because if you do it the way you have it, you'll never be able to bend very well and it could be a bitch to play. keep the neck smooth, but scallop all the frets. that will give it that wavey look too without sacrificing playability.
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#24
i gave it a two because despite being very impractical. it has potential if you fix a few design flaws i think you could really pull it off
#26
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This guitar will most likely be for show or display, but keep in mind that the image only shows the basic image of the guitar and has no measurements because my friend and I have not worked that out yet.

And the bamboo shape is highly exaggerated, bamboo is actually straight and smooth. I would know, 'cause I'm Asian.

#27
even if your an amazing carpenter i would start out with a more conventional design, just make them have ridiculously good quality.

like directly fasten the pickups to the body
flawless finishes, and super tight neck joints

and then once your name gets out there start on some crazy stuff
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#28
The Bridge will have to be much, much closer to the neck for proper intonation and such.

Edit: To give you an idea, the general rule of thumb is that the distance between the bridge and 12th fret should be the same as the distance between the nut and the 12th fret.
#29
... 'cause when I think "custom guitar," the first thing that comes to mind is "panda bear."
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#30
do it, it would be beast. who wouldn't want a panda guitar.
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#31
Quote by Zofar
The Bridge will have to be much, much closer to the neck for proper intonation and such.

Edit: To give you an idea, the general rule of thumb is that the distance between the bridge and 12th fret should be the same as the distance between the nut and the 12th fret.


That's really not so much a rule of thumb as it is a law of physics
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#32
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do it, it would be beast. who wouldn't want a panda guitar.

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#33
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... 'cause when I think "custom guitar," the first thing that comes to mind is "panda bear."

Hahaha.
#35
definately the rev. eclipse headstock, paint green and inlay the outline
very cool, cant wait to see it completed
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#36
i feel like the pups are too far away from the neck, maybe if the whole thingf was shorter it would be good