the ring isnt cut to thickness yet. i gotta check the string height.
Alright I'm in need of some expert opinions.

When I got home today I realized that I didn't have any pickup cover or knobs that I liked. I decided to make them. So far I've only made the one pickup cover. Your opinions would be very helpful. Do you like it? hate it? Would you do it differently? I'd love to know.


I think I should note that I intentionally ran the grains the opposite direction. I like the contrast. Its fairly subtle in real life, the flash brings it out.
I wouldn't ebay anything. You can get MUCH better deals by searching lumber yards.
Check out local lumber yards on woodfinder. You may have trouble finding quilted wood though. It's generally not carried in lumber yards.
I like what you did with the carve. I really cant tell how deep that arm cutout on the bottom right of the guitar is, but I like how you blended it with the rest of the carve. Nice work man!
Yea. I got pretty lucky with that wood. I found it in a lumber yard and they sold it to me at the equivalent of about 2 dollars a top. I think I have enough left for about 20 tops. It's pretty rare to my understand (could be wrong though.) Curly spanish cedar (It's a type of mahogany, not a cedar.)
alright some updates finally!

-drilled tuner holes mounted hardware
-fretted and polished neck
-finished neck (oil)
-finished body (oil)

Definitely if I have time. I have so many guitar parts lying around it's insane. Gotta get myself back in gear.
Yea, so this has been dead for quite some time now. I've decided to restart this due to my fear that this may become an unfinished project that I spent a lot of money on. Tonight was productive. I measured for the headstock holes. Should be done in no time seeing as besides finish up work that is all I have to do.

figuring out the taper on your fretboard should be no problem. Call me old fashioned but I prefer pencil and paper to autocad. I simply draw a centerline on a piece of paper. I locate where the bridge and nut will be on this center line (scale length.) Then I draw the path of the strings and mark where the fretboard starts and ends. I draw the outer edge of the fretboard parallel to the strings (how far you like your strings from the edge is personal preference.)

The most important part of building anything is drawing out plans and measuring. If you do that you shouldn't run into any problems.

Their are so many different ways people build guitars. You can do things in many different orders. My method is this for neck building.

1. Most important step is drawing your template and making it.
2. cut the neck out to exact specs
3. truss rod
4. route fretboard to fit the neck exactly (make sure your centerlines match up...)
5. carve neck.
Hello everyone. I haven't posted in such a long time. Flat-sawn wood is perfectly fine if you're building a strat style neck, especially if its hard maple. I'd definitely make sure that the wood is sufficiently dried though. That is essential to keeping it straight. Anyway, I'm very bored and willing to help you if you have any questions about anything. I've built many guitars and can probably save you a lot of time and trouble if you you get stuck.


I think gloss is going to look a little bit too flashy. It's purposely a little bit over the top with the strongly figured woods but i want to draw away from that a little bit with the finish if that makes sense. I don't want it to look over the top.

thanks a lot, that's what i was going for lol. ill probably be finishing this up over the weekend. I'm thinking maybe satin poly? Either that or oil but oil is a little soft with the curly spanish cedar.
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Surely you had enough surface area there for a set neck?

I was seriously considering set neck for a while but decided to go with the bolts. It was simply a matter of personal preference.
thanks man,
I really haven't had much time the past year or so to do much building. I'm hoping to get this one finished and sold and to make a ton more this year.
Router with templates is the preferred method. another method that I use sometimes is the forsner bit chisel method. works fairly well and is much easier.
i have made slight progress after over a year of down time.
Rasps and scrapers would be the best way for a rookie to go about this considering if you use a spokeshave you'll need a rasp file and scraper anyway to finish off certain parts.
I have a couple that have that many i think just look for my threads.. just out of curiosity what do you need the pictures for?
I'm not sure about the pickup cavity truss adjustment. Ive been doing heel adjustments on my strat necks for some time now but I'm considering switching back because i think it appears lazy on my part. and it doesn't look much worse with the adjustment hole on the headstock.
I'm pretty sure its mahogany the color is brown like mahogany the grain looks like mahogany too. Its not walnut (doesn't look like walnut to me at all)..

I'm judging this by the last picture with the planed face only, the other pictures aren't good enough..
So lucky! I just need to get some quartersawn hard maple and I'll be starting off my next build. This is lookin like its gonna be an awesome build.
you need a bearing router bit that will recess the same amount of material out as the thickness of your binding.. stewmac sells them.. a cheaper alternative is mixing and matching old bearings and bearing router bits.
welll, i have some good and bad news. Good news is I've got all of my parts in and I'm getting ready to choose my neck wood as we speak. Bad news is I'm about 90% sure I'm gonna be sick within the day which might delay work on the neck. All of my parts have arrived. Gotoh tuners large fretwire, truss rod, abalone dots, and some more nut files because I wanted them. This thing will probably be on sale after it's done unless i sell it locally or something.
It's just a 1/4th inch recess bit i bet you could find one on there's a rabbet bit with a 3/8th inch recess there.. I'm sure you can get bearings if you want a 1/4th inch bit.
35% off to UGers? I seriously might have to consider that. are you making ANY profit?
If you want your first guitar to look good use an oil finish.. It's hard to screw up an oil finish.. Also, with 180 hours you could easily build a body and neck. The only hard thing about neck building is fretting.. and that's not even hard if you know how to do it. Building an electric guitar is not very hard for the most part.
Yes absolutely, It would just take some planning. You just need to make sure your base holds the dremel and doesn't let it wiggle around at all.
As long as it works good who cares what it looks like. I personally bought one of the stew mac things which are very nice. It'd be nicer if you did it with acrylic or aluminum or something like that. I just am unsure of those two bolts being stable enough to hold up the dremel with out moving a little bit.

I just figured I'd post more finished pics
sweet looks nice!

The amount of projects that you have going on right now make me jealous, I only have one going on that's on hold cause I have no truss rod or dot inlays. I really have to get started on that thing I'm getting tired of not building already..
If you want your guitar to look professional get a finish done professionally. Generally there are many flaws in your first finish.
I really dont remember I got it a long time ago.. what is your local lumber place selling it for.. Id imagine maybe 6 dollars a board foot for this.
a little more blue than that and not as dark.. that looks good too though.. what is your caribbean burst guitar gonna be like?
that looks pretty neat, that is definitely something to consider.. kinda like the ormsby shark but no burst I think it'd look better all one color because its a solid curly maple guitar. It really doesn't matter what I think though. Whatever is the easiest to sell I'll do..
Its wet if you couldn't tell from the picture.. It looks great in person, i couldn't get a picture when it was dry. I'm thinking a blue green tinted lacquer.