First Build on a budget!

Discussion in 'Luthiery, Modifications & Customizations' started by THB430, Oct 26, 2014.

  1. THB430

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    Ok so after watching so many of you and taking in as many tips as I can I decided to do my first build. I tried to spend as little as possible on the first build just incase it doesnt go well. Ok time for details.
    6 string
    25.5" scale
    body ? got it for .59 at local menards i think pine
    neck aspen mahogany
    fretboard aspen- clearance for $1.23
    top walnut veneer
    pickups inf1-2 out of Ibanez
    fixed bridge
    O and i believe it is a BM style!! I like it!
    On to some pics if i can figure it out
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    If you want to thoroughly enjoy the build and sound of the guitar I recommend NOT using pine for the body and instead spend a little bit more on a more stable wood. Maybe then use the pine for the top covered by the veneer.

    Good luck!
     
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    Looks like a good start.
     
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    Thanks Pondman!!!!!! I hope to be able to have the craftsmanship as good as yours in the future. I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. Every day all I want to do is work on it but as most know work and daily adult life hood come first.
     
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    And he has the skeels that eels.
     
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    You have just entered the danger zone.
     
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    Looks neat! Enjoy the ride man!
     
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    Enjoy your build and good luck for the rest of the job!!!
     
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    I used SYP (which is what it looks like you have) for a build once. It worked fine. It's stable once it gets dry. My main problem with it as the washboarding effect of working it, because it has extremely dense rings in between very brittle rings, and the overall brittleness. Once I got it into shape, I thought it looked cool.
     
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    Exactly! I am working on that process now and that is what im having issues with. Ill plow through it, and yes the look is kinda cool. Has some nice grain lines with how everything lined up. Im stoked so far.
     
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    Anyone have any experience avoiding this washboarding issue? I'm encountering similar problems when carving a tummy cut on a guitar with a pine body. I just cannot get a smooth transition.
     
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    Looks good! Definitely subbing this one.
     
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    Only thing I can think to try, build a jig. Something to control your file/rasp that makes it follow a pattern and not give to changes in density of the wood...

    Something like this:How to make and use a filing jig for knife blades. - YouTube

    But of course change the dimensions to work on a guitar body...
     
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    I had the same problem with wenge. I found out that at the final stages of shaping you have to avoid using anything abrasive (files, sandpaper). Instead, a scraper worked at an angle to the grain does the trick, because it is always supported by the hard growth rings without falling into the pits of the soft growth rings.
     
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    OK guys progress
    Fretboard slotted!!
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    headstock cut,
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    More Pics!!
    Got the neck shaped!
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    Finally a body shot. Really like the looks of this top.
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    Got some oil on. Like the looks so far!!! :hbang:
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