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    ...and I don't have most of the proper tools (yet). Oh, also the "exotic wood" lumber place I buy materials from is so confusing I'm not sure what I even bought. At least I know what a board-foot is now...more or less. But I'm determined to make a guitar still, here's where I am so far. Well, I figured I make 2 first guitars at the same time...my logic being I'd be able to immediately apply lessons learned from inevitable mistakes. I settled on this design, figured I'd keep it simple as possible...close to Tele specs & construction. A little odd looking but I like it...and I finally had move off the drawing board after a month of "tweaking" -- Haven't really settled on the switch & knob placements but will work that out once I can lay he parts out on an actual body. For these first attempts I'm pretty much got the cheapest tuners, bridges, and pickups that Amazon offers (as long as they had decent reviews). My focus at this point is learning basics of building, learning the tools and making something somewhat playable. Here are the body & neck templates. First I made some out of 1/8 inch pressed board then flush cut 3/4 inch mdf versions... ...this took a while...here are my false starts, screw ups and reject neck templates >> Why is it so difficult to sand a perfectly straight edge? I figured it out eventually. And got to know some new tools & techniques pretty well. Time well spent, and spent again. So, I finally bought some wood. For necks...African Limba? Some other kinds, who knows...the place was overwhelming and I had no idea what I was looking at. But I made it home with materials that the lumber guy assured me would be "just what I need" Thanks to this site, YouTube, and many other resources I began making the jigs to be able to make fret boards and necks. Yeah I'm still working on these...but making progress. They're starting to look like something. This is an expensive hobby BTW. I'm buying tools as I go so not too bad all at once...that is if I can't figure out some cockamamy way to use the wrong tool. There was no way around needing a thickness planer, that was the most expensive purchase so far. d Just started carving/shaping the neck tonight...I'll update when I have something to show. I know I'm the definition of a rookie at amateur hour, but gotta start somewhere!
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    First of all welcome! An impressive start on many fronts. And yes, you can get away with a very modest array of tools. I love the concept of starting two at the same time so you can learn by your mistakes 'on the fly' This is a great forum for getting decent advice with none of the flaming that blights many internet forums. And we've all made the mistakes you are sensibly trying to avoid
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    Looks good, definitely doing the right think buying as you go. you don’t need as many tools as you might think, especially when watching YouTube videos etc. Most of the guys on there have thickness planers, jointers, large belt sanders, router tables, circular saws etc. All expensive kit but you don’t need any of it. It just takes a hell of a lot longer without. with the right preparation you can get away with a jig saw (or ideally a small cheap bandsaw) a hand plane, hand saw, router with a selection of bits, drill and bits, and some fretting tools like a fret levelling file, fret slotting saw etc. Nut slotting filed unless you get a Floyd locking nut. look for second hand power tools, I got myself a 8” band saw for £60 and haven’t had the need to upgrade. my router is a Bosch router that I picked up on eBay.
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    I've designed a logo but I've not used it yet. I'd have to fine tune the dimensions and digitize it for printing, not to mention learning how to do the inlaying thing.
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    Wait...you "cut the join" with a router? Is this something done commonly or just your personal method? I guess it obviously works great for you, I may borrow this technique. Any tips on this for a new builder? Is this limited to thinner tops, or can this be done on like 3" body lumber? Is that a dumb question? Thanks for posting as I'm learning so much from these, I'm loving the "Tuxedo" design most but all are awesome.
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    Thanks! I lucked out mostly on the tools, I already had the basics (jigsaw, tablesaw, mitersaw, drill, most handtools) and I picked up a decent (yet older) router and basic router table (with 4 bits) for $40 off CraigsList. A guy a work gave me a 9" Bandsaw more or less, I have to give it back if he ever needs it but he hasn't used it in 10 years and has no plans to. It needed a new blade and a tune-up...that was 2 nights of frustration but it helped a lot. All of the various "guitar tools" needed aren't very expensive...I'm getting by with less expensive off-brands mostly. $15 here, $20 there. Also SEARS is closing down here and all tools are all on clearance, good deals for clamps and such. The thickness planer was essential for me, hand planning just isn't something I took to. After messing up 2 blanks I borrowed an electric hand planer with even worse results. I broke down a bought a new Wen 12.5" planer for $299 after 3 failed attempts at acquiring a used one. They are in demand around here I guess, like gone in minutes of being advertised...hobbyist level ones anyway. But that night I played poker with work buddies and won $200 so that helped The last "big" tool I'd like to get is a drill press, a bench-top. I'm waiting for sales after the holidays, figure I can get something for around $100 or less.
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    I carve mine into the volute. SR
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    Hellova good start to a first (pair) of builds. It looks like you've done your homework,,,,,and paid attention to what you learned. It also looks like you've made some nice timber choices. That cathedral grained wenge is making an awesome looking fretboard. SR
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    Yes - his aerosols are excellent, and particularly for some of the classic colours. It is often the tinted clear coats over the base that make the difference. Great aerosol heads too - like chalk and cheese difference to standard heads. Worth looking through his blog - he has some cracking finishes that he demo's to the same level of detail. I suspect, though - like me trying to get aerosols and paints from US - that he probably doesn't ship to US due to the cost and complication of dealing with the air-safety regs. Even for overland inside the UK itself, these things are classed as 'special shipment - hazardous materials' with only specific couriers authorised and all sorts of special packaging and labelling required.
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    love the design. well executed. looking fwd to watching this go. cudos.
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    Looks like you've done your homework before attempting to build. Re woods, as long as they're hardwood most anything will work. Truth to be said, even softwoods make perfectly good guitars, it's more about the properties of the piece used than the species.
  13. 1 point
    Looking good. Keep up. Liking the design of the headpiece.
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    Mike Although this guy is a UK supplier , probably the best, and is therefore using his own products, he is also one of the best at doing it. This is his full rundown of doing a butterscotch blonde. https://www.manchesterguitartech.co.uk/2011/08/05/finishing-an-ash-telecaster-in-butterscotch/
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    Shaping the body (arm/neck heel contour,bellycut) was at this point of the project the most rewarding time...atleast after the initial fear of ruining the whole thing with these files. Actually I was very pleased how it turned out. The belly cut in all the guitars I have played has always been very odd and felt that it is in the wrong place and too drastic. I moved the belly cut a bit to the right and made it wide and shallow. These pics were in the middle of the work. This was rough filing and finished with course sand paper and random orbital sander.
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    finished off the body shape template, roughed out the body and top and finally thicknessed the body. I done this with my router planer sled and got a bit of chip out on one of the horns but recovered the piece and glued it back in seamless. Am a bit nervous now of finish routing the body now as it seems it would chip out quite easy. not sure whether to put the arm contour on before I finish rout the body and then add the top, or finish rout the body now and then put in the contour. Are there any disadvantages of either way? i PS that’s a centre line in both body and top...not the glue line (although it’s on the glue line). The glue line is seamless.
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    Nice to hear. Neck came without installed dot inlays because I ordered the neck without them since normally they would have installed white dots. I wanted just black neck/fretboard. As I understood their molding process the inlay holes are fixed in their mold casts. At the current state of the build where I am now they are in place. but I have not yet posted the photos about those stages. I will in the following days.
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    Thats exactly what i thought! Pretty much all my work the past week and a half has been finish work. Trying to catch up on these 9 builds i have! Here are a few updates.
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    I think we've got a build thread for one of those in here. @pauliemc's lotus is a one piece guitar carved from a single piece of wood. The only thing I don't remember for sure is if the fretboard was separate or not. I think not, but the answer to the question is yes it can be done. SR
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    A few more pics! The Tamo ash one came our really cool. I black grainfilled it first, then sprayed glow orange kandy, a redburst, then a super thin blackburst The blue centered one isnt my style, but its what the buyer wanted. Very skervesen/ mayones esk. .
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    it's called channel bound. fender does it. pretty beautiful IMO. I think you could achieve 99.9% of the effect with 30% less effort via a method like AD pointed out. That said... much respect for those who dare. afa 1 piece... there is a guy on a few of the luthier forums on facebook that builds 1 piece guitars out of really exotic woods like quilt maple and such. Beautiful stuff and requires a whole dif skill set. There is a lot of talk about how it's superior afa 'no glue' and I don't personally subscribe to that... esp when you consider how many glue joints there are on the typical acoustic or hollow body guitar. Seems to sound good there! That said... I think it is def something that sets this particular builder apart and can't help but feel a 1 piece should be somewhere on my build bucket list.
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    I remember someone asking about this on Amateur Luthier, I've never done it but I achieved a slimilar look on my first build by using neck wood offcuts as binding, if the joint under the binding is good then it will look like a recessed fretboard. probably quite difficult to route the perfect taper and recess.
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    Insanity, perhaps? Just like the rest of it... Don't get me wrong, though. A one piece guitar is an awesome project but there's things that don't suit everyone. That piece of mahogany must cost a fortune and look how much of it goes into waste. Also remembering the risk of twisting and warping... Definitely not for faint hearted builders! Back to the question, I'd call that a built-in fretboard binding. For what I understand the finish on the neck doesn't affect the fretboard material choice. Simply cut the slots and glue the fingerboard into place taking care not to get too much glue squeezed into the fret slots just as you would do with any binding. It wouldn't even matter whether the fretboard is radiused or not when gluing. Also the fretting can be done either before or after applying finish. An unfretted board would be easier to mask for lacquering, but an unfinished neck would be safer for hammering the frets in just as in any build. Accuracy is the most difficult thing to achieve in such a build if you're using hand operated tools.
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    Greetings again! Found some time to get around to a few builds. The first one i sold as a project. Which i am now regretting, becasue it has the coolest piece of maple ive ever used. But needed to move some stock due to financial purposes.
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