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    First Build - Silent Guitar

    That is exactly it - thank you!
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    First Build - Silent Guitar

    Update on the body/neck. I went with a solid 1x4 plank for the though-neck. Its staight and true, and hopefully of sufficient quality to stay that way. Ideally 2x4 would have been better, but it would have been impossible to work with the tools I have access to, but I can double it up where needed. After some careful planing I started cutting into the flexi-ply body and jig sawing the neck: I also have a question. The fretboard is "borrowed" from another guitar I had. When Measuring it up I realised the guitar had not been constructed according to the correct scale length. That is, the bridge was further back than it should have been. When positioning the bridge, should I put it where it should go in theory, or at the same distance as it was in a previous life? Cheers!
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    First Build - Silent Guitar

    Body is done! It holds its shape. Needs sanding and varnishing to make it pretty, but I may proceed with the rest of the design before finishing anything to a nice standard. Was looking at scale lengths to see which I prefer - almost certainly going to go with 25 1/2 scale. Suddenly the decision what to do with the body has become much more urgent!
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    First Build - Silent Guitar

    At the simplest level it is plywood that is flexible What this means in practice is that the grain all runs in the same way, rather than the layers being at 90 degrees to each other. I'm sure there are many types of flexi-ply, but this one is two thin sheets of wood, with a layer of fabric between them, and some sort of flexible adhesive holding it all together. About 5mm thick in all. On its own it is incredibly flimsy. I have used 3 layers, and I hope that when the glue dries it will provide some structural integrity.... Will let you know when I un-clamp it and find out!! I am currently trying to decide what size to make the neck and body. I have an old $99 guitar (fender squire?) that I am canabalising for parts, but one of the things I wanted was for this to play like an acousitc - i.e. heavy gague strings and a wider neck / bridge to allow finger-picking. I suppose I just need to buy a wider bridge, but I don't want to spend too much - any suggestions on something that will simulate the string spacing of an acoustic guitar without breaking the bank?
  5. Hello everyone, I am building myself a silent guitar to practice on. I have shamelessly stolen the design of the Yamaha silent guitars because I absolutely love the look: I didn't want to buy one for a few reasons - 1) price 2) they are nylon stringed 3) they are plastic and 4) they fold down. So here is my attempt - a current work in progress. Today I made the basic shape of the knee rests out of Flexi-Ply. Tomorrow when it is warmer I will glue it and leave it to dry. Then later I will start work on the body and neck - a single piece of wood like on a neck-though guitar (or possibly a single piece made from laminated woods or plywood). I will update this thread with progress and questions as I go! My first question I suppose is suggestions for what to construct the body from - less from a practical standpoint and more from aesthetics. I initially had planned to make this knee rest / sides out of a single piece of steam-bent ash, stained a light grey, and have the body match. Now that I have gone with a plywood construction on the outside I'm unsure what to do for the rest of it. Any suggestions would be great!
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    Silent Guitar with 3.5mm output jack?

    Without a probe or multi-meter I wouldn't even be able to troubleshoot problems effectively... plan B would be touching up any bad looking solders, then plan C unsoldering and resoldering the entire board...
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    Silent Guitar with 3.5mm output jack?

    Well... I built the amp above and as a result... had an amp that didn't work But, Thank you for the suggestion - I will see if I can fix this one, and if I can, might be braver about trying another! If not, I suppose I can canabalise one of those Headphone Guitar Amp things you see on Ebay for £10. I would like to throw another complication into the mix however... I said in the origional post I wanted a "silent" guitar with the possibility to amplify it, so that I could practice at home without disturbing people, but play through headphones. Well, I COULD have just used an electric guitar not plugged in (seeing as I have an electric guitar). What I should have said is that the reason I am building this instead of using an unplugged elecrtic is because I want the difficulty of playing an acoustic guitar (the thicker, tougher strings, and the wider neck) so that if I ever want to play acoustic, I can. I know this changes slightly how I will amplify the sound - are there any thicker "acoustic style" strings that work for electric guitar? Will any heavy, thick gague wires work? Or do I need to start messing around with different types of pickup? Thank you!
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    Silent Guitar with 3.5mm output jack?

    Back again - with a rather stupid (perhaps) question - is there any difference between a guitar amp and a regular amp? I actually have already a small amp - this one: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/AUX-Mini-DC-3-7-12V-5V-TDA2822M-2-0-CH-Stereo-Audio-Power-Amplifier-Board/173519470063?hash=item286690fdef:g:6N0AAOSwmtJXV-8g:rk:14:pf:0 Would this work? (I know this might appear to he a question with a very simple answer - try it and find out. Actually the amp never worked, and because it was more for fun than anything else, I never bothered to find out why. If this will actually be suitable for the project I will try re-soldering it.
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    Silent Guitar with 3.5mm output jack?

    Thank you! That looks fairly simple. I will give it a shot and report back!
  10. Hey guys - I am building a silent guitar (steel string) to practice on at home, and don't really need to output anything to an amp. In fact, I would rather not, because I find amps are too loud for small rooms on anything other than the lowest volume setting. Most of the time I would probably play without any sort of amplification, just listening to the natural sound of the strings. Occasionally I might like to listen through headphones. Perhaps, once or twice in a blue moon, I would play something out loud on my Hi-Fi setup. I was wondering if any of the smart people here can advise me on how I might be able to do this? My understanding of electric guitars is minimal, but I understand speakers and amps a little bit. As I understand it, speakers require an amp of some description to power them. Headphones however are so efficient that they don't need this - do you think I could go straight from pickup to headphones via 3.5mm headphone jack? Or am I missing something important that the guitar amp does as well as just amplify the sound? As in, convert the signal into something that can be output as sound? Sorry if this is a stupid question - thanks for the help! Josh