#1
Well, i had a crazy idea of making a guitar to look like fence posts nailed together.

I was wondering if that wood was strong enough to handle the string tension.

I plan to get a wizard II neck off ebay. Or salvage my neck from my squier...

I Gonna get Power rails in the neck and Crunchy Rails in the bridge.
Cuz those are the only things that I can afford.

but anyways.. How will this sound? Tone wise.

This is gonna be a metal guitar so Clean tones won't really matter cause its gonna be under heavy distortion almost always. I have another guitar that i use for cleans.

Every other piece of hardware is gonna come from GFS. Unless someone knows a cheaper place other than ebay.

Thanks.
#2
hmm... you are aware if it looks like fence posts nailed together... it is going to have sharp rusted nails sticking out to stab you and give you lockjaw or some other rust related injury

anyway, is what is the wood of the fence posts made of? (affects tone)
it should work, as long as the neck doesn't pop off the body, some fence posts are strong though
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#3
I was thinking of just using the random pieces of 2x4s Homedepot sells.
Then painting them like an old picket fence or something...

using Gorrilla Glue to hold the whole body together. Cause its ghetto. and the strongest thing i have on hand.


Plan to have it in a V shape. Like the Jackson KVs. not the RR ones. The ones with both points equal length. Kinda like a Razorback V. Cept not as pointy.
#4
sounds cool, i think it'd look best natural, even if it's just framing lumber

it would look cool if you cut two boards at the angle you want and glue em together, make points on the ends and the fill in the rest of the rest of the needed space with wood running the other direction but so that the V boards are still sticking out and look like 2x4s

and the dude who is Zachary guitars made a few out of scrap pine like this, he said they sounded as good or better than any other woods he used
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I was wondering if that wood was strong enough to handle the string tension.
2x4s are pine
it's soft and will bend like a banana under tension.
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i think the first Les Paul was made from a fence post, if my memory serves me.
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#9
I sometimes do this as a pre-build when I'm building a guitar withe a new shape. I like to see what it will look like before I cut out a piece of nice wood.

A note - you will have to square up your 2x4s. Use a table saw to cut off the rounded part then joint and plane them.





#10
Sounds like a pretty bad idea to me.

Nailing together peices of wood isnt really advised, if you want to do this, clamp them together properly and use titebond (the joins will be very strong) and IMO the more peices of wood a guitar is made out of the worse but if you going for that look thats you choice.

If its soft wood then the bridge will just rip out when you string it up.

Also if your buying construction material you dont know the moisture content, so even if you manage to get it flat enough that a bridge and neck can be joined to it and made playable, it might just warp to $hit over time. The way its sawn might also not lend well to stability.




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#11
I said i was gonna use glue didn't I?

I never said anything about nailing the pieces together.
Just trying to emulate that look...
#12
for the body, pine actually sounds amazing. for the neck, itll warp like shit, if not just snap. get somthin like maple for the neck.
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#13
I'm buying a Wizard II neck off ebay.

So thats not a real problem..

Although, my friend is trying to build a "real" guitar..

where is the cheapest place to buy good wood?
#14
^lumber yard. flame maple for $10???? yeah. its that cheap.
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#15
Best way to get wood cheap is to buy a jointer and a planer. Then you can buy your wood rough. I can make a body blank out of Honduran mahogany for about 15.00
#16
Both of your options are out of the question...

For one, I don't have enough money to buy a jointer or planer... Don't have place to put them either...

And the closest lumber yard from my house is like 50m away.... just isn't worth it.
#17
in that case, exoticwoods.com has the cheapest stuff im aware of.
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Dimensions:
1st Piece 21" long
2nd Piece 18-1/2" long
3rd Piece 18-1/2" long
Thickness: 1-3/4" to 2"
#21
Pine is plenty strong enough for a guitar I don't think spruce is much softer it should be fine. Some early telecasters were made from pine it's a great tonewood but it gets dented very easily so it's seldomly used
#22
Wide enough to build a guitar. The stuff I got from them in the past was very nice.

I love this idea. Don't use Gorilla glue, please... it will look like crap. Use Titebond Wood Glue (its cheaper than Gorilla Glue)

I think it would look really cool if you were to put a row of nails into it along the tail in a straight line... emulating the bottom of a fence. Just for cosmetic purposes - get short enough nails that they don't go all the way through, and they just show on the top side. Put two on each piece of wood.

It would look cool if it were made to look weathered... like an old beat down fence. Put some hammer marks in it where you hammer the nails in, as if you slipped. Get a nice knot going somewhere off to the side where it won't cause problems with the pickup or bridge locations.

Just use the one piece thats most solid to run right down the middle, and use that as the foundation of the body. Mount your bridge in center of it, and it will be fine.

Anyone recall Les Paul's first solid body electric? 4x4 plank of wood with pickups and bridge mounted on it. It's nothing new. It will look like hell, but will be cool.
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