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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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..
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..