alphaWave Posted August 18, 2004 Report Share Posted August 18, 2004 First of all, I'm new here, so hello everyone! So, let's get to the topic: Lately, I’ve done quite a bit of thinking on what I’d want to have in a “dream” guitar and realized the price would shoot completely through the roof if I actually got someone else to custom-make everything for me. Given this realization, my only option (at least for the years to come) is to start putting together what I want myself. Besides, I’m sure this will be a hell of a lot of fun. I also realize this will probably entail the need for compromising here and there, but as long as it’s not too big a deal, I can live with that - more on this later, though. Some ideas here are stolen from another bloke. I’ll start with the specifications 25.5” scale length, 6-strings, 24 frets - Construction: Bolt-On As many bolts as possible, 6 or even 8 if that’s possible. I don’t particularly like the bulky heel usually employed on bolt-on guitars. The Conklin-typical heel looks and feels a lot nicer. - Body: Either Korina (Black Limba), Walnut or Swamp Ash Shape would have to be a mixture between the standard Conklin guitar shape and this one. - Neck: Graphite I want to be able to change tunings and different string-sizes fast without having to readjust the truss rod. The bright sound graphite necks give is also what I’m looking for. I would most likely order the neck from Moses Graphite Necks. - Fretboard: Phenolic See above. - Frets: Stainless steel No fret wear, brighter sound. Undecided on size. - Zero fret Since there’s no fret wear, no need for a nut affecting string height. - Neck/headstock shape: Neck should be as thin as possible. For the headstock, I will probably also go with what Conklin does on their guitars (quite similar to the Vangerov-model, actually). - Inlays: None I like the inlays on this Novax-guitar, but can do just as fine without any. - Pickups: Bridge: Bartolini ZBS-80 Middle: None Neck: Sustainiac Stealth Plus sustainer-system. Probably a Bart single-coil as well (possibly ZBS-70 or 75). - Bridge: Most likely Schaller 456 I’m open for other suggestions. What I’m wondering is how individual string-saddles would sound on a guitar. Probably a stupid idea, though. - Tuners: Possibly LSR - Electronics: volume pot no Tone pot Bartolini pan pot on/off switch for sustainiac normal/mix mode switch for sustainiac gain pot for sustainiac I’m not quite sure on the possibilities for the sustainiac yet. Need to inquire some more here. Most likely a Bartolini TC5Z preamp - Finish: Either satin or glossy transparent blackish finish Since neck and tuning machines are both satin black, I’ll probably go with the satin look for everything, including pots, pickup mounting rings and bridge (might have to get it powder-coated somewhere). So as you can see, there are some special elements to it and some quite ordinary parts as well. Let’s get to the questions, then: About building it myself I have some soldering experience and I’ve also done some stuff with wood in the past; nothing to write home about, though. - How hard is it really to put together such a guitar? - Could there be any “compatibility” issues between parts of different manufacturers (I’m thinking neck and body)? How do I prevent them? - What are generally the hardest parts for a rookie like me? Body wood choice Tuning would be down to C for the moment. Might change to lower or higher tunings later. - Korina, Walnut and Swamp Ash seem to be great tone-woods but I’m really not sure what to go with. Based on what I’ve initially read (and the looks), Korina would be my favourite, but I’m worried it might be a little too muddy for low tunings (check the Extended Range section on the bottom). But then again, the bright graphite neck and the stainless steel frets might antagonize any potential muddyness... I know it’s hard to talk sound, but I’d love to hear experiences and ideas on this. - Who should I approach to make the body for me? Bigger places like Warmoth or a luthier? Neck - Any experience with Moses necks, both tone and setup-wise? - Maybe there are other manufacturers of graphite necks that I’m not aware of? Frets - Where could I get Stainless Steel fret jobs done? Bridge - How good is the Schaller 456 really? Any better/cheaper alternatives? - Anyone know ABM bridges? How are they? Finish - What would look better on Korina/Walnut, a transparent satin finish or something glossy - This one is a great example of a Korina-finish I like, and here is the same for Walnut (bleh to Ed Roman, but those pictures show nicely what I mean); Would it be possible to get something like that with a little bit of black thrown in so it doesn’t look that “woody”? Generally - What are important things I might have forgotten? - What do I need to be particularly attentive about? That’s it for now. Please give me any hints and tips, however insignificant they may seem. Everything is appreciated! And, lastly, if anyone in here is an aspiring luthier who would like to help me with this - for money, of course - (or knows someone who could and would do it), I'd be more than happy to accept the offer and work together! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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