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    "Hi to everybody! I've made a custom headless guitar. It's a very compact guitar but it's about 2cm wider than a Stratocaster at its widest point. The result is that it does not fit in a standard Stratocaster case. I bought a Jaguar hardcase but it's exaggeratedly long for my guitar. I've made a compact, travel friendly guitar and I have to use an enormous case. I was quite disappointed so I decided to build my own case. I decided to document the entire process in order to make a tutorial that will be useful to those who want to challenge themselves in the construction of their own case. Everything was made in my garage: all you need are a saw, rivets, riveter and a drill. I bought aluminum parts for the instrument case from Thomann.de and the plywood from a local bricolage store - they've even cut it from my specs. This is the wood cut: I used PVA to glue the parts. (editor's note: ensure that the joints are perfect to ensure good adhesion in butt joints like these) Some clamps. To avoid using too many clamps I used some screws to fix the gluing. (editor's note: these are pretty much essential!) Repeated it for each side (I used some spacers to keep the glued sides straight). Next the upper side.... Both completed halves.... Matching test.... Aluminium edge protection extrusions.... Cut to measure.... Now the closing profiles, cut to measure.... Detail of the 45° corner mitring.... Matching closure test.... Locations for the butterfly latches marked and cut. I used synthetic leather material to cover the case.... ....glued with more PVA Fitting test.... The aluminium edge profiles were drilled to fasten them with rivets. When you use rivets in wood you have to secure them with washers otherwise you will crack the wood! More aluminium cut for the corners.... Butterfly latch temporarily positioned for drilling rivets holes. Rivets inserted.... Butterfly latch mounted. Hinges.... Handle.... Testing the lid.... Rear.... Front.... Interior.... Detail of the lid mechanism. I used foam for the interior. I bought a 1m² of sound-absorbing foam which I cut for the lid. For the lower part of the case I sent the guitar profile's CAD plan to a specialised company which cut out the shape in the foam to spec. You can compare the dimensions of all of the cases. From left to right: My own custom case, Music Man, Jaguar. This is the final result. Very satisfied with it!
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    They re-create the '59 PAF (amongst others) to the exact original specs and materials. I put a set of the Wicked PAFs in my last build and totally love them. I've got a set of single coils on my kitchen table for my current build that I'm dying to hear. Several of my favorite players use these, so I thought I'd give them a try a few years back and learned why. SR
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    Inlaying is the one thing I do not enjoy....much rather carve the top....or neck....or headstock.....or..... Your work is gorgeous. SR
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    I found my hard drive that had way more build pics from earlier stages of this build, many of these were from the inlay process. I'll drop those in here, just before we do the dye. 1. Cut everything from a pattern. 2. tack it onto the board and scribe around it. Rub chalk on that to fill, wipe it off and you have your routing lines. 3. Route those sections out, you can go outside the lines some. 4. Fit all the pieces, and pack ebony dust in the gaps 5. flood with thin CA. 6. Block sand to get everything flush to the board again, and presto. Easy. LOL The ebony dust trick is so cool it's not even funny. You would be hard pressed to see a line with the smallest loupe.
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    Never tried vegamite though. Sounds particularily nasty to be honest haha.
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    Yeah the tonebone has the same one output problem as the rest of the switches I see around. These are all for two amps into one cab, what I was attempting doesn't seem to be possible with the equipment I have. My idea to use two ABYs won't work either because to run a 2 speaker setup the connections need to be in the 2x16ohm or 1x8 channels. Being that my cabs are 16s when I split the signal the amp going to 8 would probably do damage. I've ordered one of these.. will just put it between the board and the amps with one cab powered by one amp. Thought about buying another cab for the Orange, for example theres an orange 4x10 for sale close to me but that starts taking me back to needing vans and stuff to do a gig. My car ain't huge and all this fits in the boot/trunk. SR., yeah the two amps sound pretty good in a bluesy kinda mood. If you have one slightly cleaner than the other and get a good balance it sounds quite amazing. Bonamassa uses this all the time apparently so who am I to argue lol. Thought I was being original too haha.
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    These things happen. I wanted to point out that you'd built the body back to front, but obviously it's far too late now.
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    Some more pics of the woods involved here. The grain on the neck piece is pretty much perfect. Flatsawn for the top. I'm going to resaw this piece on Saturday. Black & white goodness, with blind slots! Some more body pics And for the padauk guitar: I've been saving this piece of pau ferro for a few years now, finally found the right guitar for it. It'll get ebony binding rather than blind slots. The grain on the top edge is my favorite part, I think. Thanks for looking through my huge batch of pics!
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    Hi Guys, Sorry, been away from the site for a while but have made some more progress on this one. Not far off from completion, maybe two weeks or so. Masses of updates to follow... Got the inlays in... I fixed up the bodged jack socket with a different style jack plate Drilled the ferrule holes. The ferrules aren't pushed in but the lines not too bad for a first attempt.
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    Welcome aboard. I'd wager most of the forum regulars here are self-taught, or at least picked up the bulk of their initial knowledge from internet or printed resources, myself included. If you're a practical, hands-on kind of person, you may find it logical in the short term to just dive in and have a go. I'd suggest taking on a smaller project for starters and build up from there - say put a cheap kit guitar together, or construct a body for a premade neck you may have lying around. Once you have some basic experience, you can progressively up the ante with your builds - make a neck from scratch, buy a kit guitar and pimp it up, experiment with different materials. As you start to build more you'll probably find that the increase in difficulty will necessitate the inevitable increase in expenditure on tools, so if you're keen to stick at it expect to invest a sizeable chunk of cash into the equipment required to machine and assemble your projects. A generous work area to spread yourself out in is always handy, but not essential. Some of the guys here have built amazing instruments on the balconies of their apartments. Buy lots of clamps. Building guitars can be dusty, noisy work. If you're using power tools make sure you have all the right safety gear (safety specs, ear muffs, dust masks). Learn the correct and safe usage of high-powered cutting tools to prevent any messy accidents. Clean up after yourself frequently. Be prepared to make mistakes. Look for ways to turn mistakes into an interesting feature. You may even find that you get more out a luthier's course after having spent some time building under your own steam.
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