#1
Alright, I'm starting my first build. It's gonna be a Minarik Goddess-shape, but flat-top and solid body.

Pic of a Goddess http://www.minarikguitars.com/images/products/goddess.ob.righty.zoom.jpg
http://www.guitarplayer.com/pop-up.aspx?content_id=41372
http://www.guitarplayer.com/pop-up.aspx?content_id=41376

Specs:
Ash Body
Birdseye Maple cap (Proof that my grandpa kicks ASS!!!)
Bolt-on neck (maple/rosewood off eBay) IN!!! pics soon
GFS Mean 90 (P-90s in Humbucker casing) - Gold finish
Kahler 7300 Hybrid Tremolo - Gold finish
SG Wiring Kit
Wine Red finish
Either Wilkinson EZ-LOK or Grover locking tuners (advice welcome!!!) - Gold

Finish will be almost the same as the Epiphone P93 Riviera, except a little lighter to show off the birdseye
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Last edited by bv310 at Oct 29, 2008,
#2
Dude... Poplar body? Seriously?

Do a little research, find out what some common tonewoods are, and what would suit your style best. Also, plan on investing some more money into it if you want it to be even playable, don't settle on cheaper stuff because it's cheaper. If you're younger, start working on it, take it mega slow, ask for money for christmas. Make it a nice, long project, that way you'll spend more attention to detail, and it'll be that much more rewarding,
#4
uh.... don't make it out of poplar. grab some mahogany or something. and don't go to a hardware store for it, go to a wood supplier.
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#5
I dont get it... Why is everyone so against poplar?? Is everyone actually saying poplar is a bad wood or are you all just saying it because the first guy said it? Poplar happens to be a pretty good wood for guitar building...
#6
Poplar is a good wood. Do some research, you guys....

Plus, as long as it is structurally sound, it doesn't matter what kind of wood it is anyway. God you guys are so against this wood, have you ever heard a guitar made of it? I have, it sounds fine.

Take it from me and carousel, poplar is a perfectly OK wood to make a guitar with.

I can't wait to see how this turns out, it looks like a really cool shape.
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#7
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I dont get it... Why is everyone so against poplar?? Is everyone actually saying poplar is a bad wood or are you all just saying it because the first guy said it? Poplar happens to be a pretty good wood for guitar building...

I have asked around on here, i've asked a couple builder friends and asked on some other sites and poplar is similar in tone to Alder, which i like, and is an easy wood to work with. The only problem is that the grain is ugly, so I'm either doing a veneer top or a Solid-color finish

Plus, I trust Otter's opinion. He seems to know what he's doing.
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#8
Great idea. I'm all in favour of figured tops, with a see through stain they can be absolutely breathtaking.
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#9
You should do 1 and 1/4th inch poplar with a 1/2 inch figured top that's what I did for my carved top strats.
#10
OK, the figured top w/ see-through finish sounds better than my original idea of Solid Black w/ Gold hardware. How do I go about doing a See-through finish?
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#11
You can choose to do either stain or dye, and then clear coat it, or you can use a tinted clear lacquer.

I do not have experience with any of these things, nor do I know the differences in application and final appearance.

Here is a tutorial from stewmac

http://www.stewmac.com/freeinfo/instrument/Electric_guitar/Finishing/a-blueguitar.html

Also on stew mac, you can find tinted lacquers.

Ippon knows a lot about painting, I don't know if he can help you with stains and dyes though. I would talk to Ormsby about this, because he really knows what he's doing.
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#12
Anyone have any good tutorials on wiring? I checked project-guitar, but it just confused me more...
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#13
no double post!....

uh...soldering iron. diagrams come with GFS pups...practice on somthing else first.

looks like a pretty good build so far, and poplar is fine for building a guitar especially a first build (im assuming this is ur first)
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#14
yes it is my first build and i cleaned my double post. i meant to ask if there is a good tutorial on wiring that i could read to give me some concept of wiring and soldering. project-guitar just confused me
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#15
uhhhh....okay, look up some diagrams, and google "soldering tutorial"....thats the best i can do, sorry
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#18
seymourduncan.com has wiring diagrams.
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#19
Alright, I have the opportunity to pick up a PRS humbucker pickup for the extra neck i got off ebay. Would a Humbucker bridge and P-90 Neck combo sound good? Also, how good are PRS pup's? It's coming off a Tremonti SE if that matters.
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#20
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Anyone tried one of these bridges?
http://www.stewmac.com/cgi-bin/hazel.cgi?action=SERVE&G=1&sku=0198&ITEM=catalog/sku.html&CURRENCY=CAD
Is it for a string through body, or is it like a stopbar?

"Schaller Bridge/Tailpiece
A solidbody guitar bridge with attached tailpiece. The assembly has height-adjustable threaded mounting studs and anchor bushings. Saddles are individually adjustable for intonation."

There you go! Good luck on the build.
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#21
I suppose you could make it string thru body.
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#22
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Alright, I have the opportunity to pick up a PRS humbucker pickup for the extra neck i got off ebay. Would a Humbucker bridge and P-90 Neck combo sound good? Also, how good are PRS pup's? It's coming off a Tremonti SE if that matters.

i thinks it is stopbar but you can do your own string through if you want
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#23
I used that bridge on my guitar I built, its in my signature. It's a really adjustable bridge, and the tailpiece of the bridge, that holds the strings, is removable. I am sure you could devise some way to use it as a string through. You could just pull the strings through the tailpiece then down through the body, it would work.
#24
okay, I wasn't saying i wanted to do a string-through, i actually hate them. I was really looking for a wraparound bridge and wanted an opinion on that one. what about the PRS humbucker? is it good?
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#26
what is a GOOD one then? I'm just trying to collect everything until i get my wood this weekend.
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#28
alright. Neck is IN! Body wood comes on Sunday. Work starts Monday!! Any advice on tuners? (see edited OP)
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#30
Took me a while, but pics!!!








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#31
very nicee

also, check PM's
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