MasterMinds Posted March 27, 2005 Report Share Posted March 27, 2005 Hi everyone. As I mentioned in my long-winded introduction, I have clearly in my mind the electric guitar that would be perfect for me. Right now I am going to upgrade my line with a nice processor, and some other items. I do not want to get another electric ever, unless it's perfect - and to be perfect it'd have to be custom. So anyways... I need to take the next step, which means I need to learn about my possibilities of having work done, and doing some myself. To me it seems that making a body is simpler and uses much more common tools than a neck. I have red about 50+ threads on this site to gather all I can - and bookmarked lots of wood companies and custom design companies. Let me tell you a little about my needs - and I will use this column to get your wonderful help. BODY The body is simple. It is symmetrical about the neck when looking at it face forward. In basic, you can imagine both sides looking like the "cutaway" side of a classic fender. With the pointy part a slight bit less rounded. It's a pretty general idea - the unique part is both sides are symmetrically identical. The line input goes through the bottom center, like an acoustic/electric - right where the arm strap hooks on My guitar will not have a volume knob or a tone knob. There are multiple options yet to be chosen 1. It will have just one pickup 2. It will have pickup and driver for a fernandes built in 3. It might also need a slot for a midi divided pickup. So in otherwords, the knobs will only need to be those for the sustainer and midi if needed I will probably go for a nice locking tremelo - possibly a speed loader if I can get it. I am considering one unique possibiliity - rather than having holes cut out for the pickups, I may have one giant hole cut out covering the whole range of where the pickups could go - this will have a small screw in trim around it which lets me move pickups at will - in otherwords the pickup slots are gutted out like a grave, allowing for any setup. I would also like to know if it's possible to put "matter" between the pickups and the string - so the pickups are not directly viewable like on a "digital" guitar. Those are the main point of the body. Mostly routing changes - and symmetry which is the reason I cannot purchase a premade body and re-route it. NECK The neck is a bit different. The headstock won't need pegs if I go with a speedloader - the headstock should also be symmetrical. I would like a neck WITHOUT a fretboard - and also it should have no fretboard inlays at all. I am considering one at the octave at most at 6 - 12 - 18. I may want it scalloped too. Those are the main considerations ---------------------------------------------- So here's my main questions. I am interested to know - since the parts are straight-forward and require no unique artistic style, rather good calculations - if anyone here could do either of these for me. I am also interested in the tools needed for doing the body, as it is more likely I could do this myself or have someone locally cut it - since the cuts are of a standard type. I know I will need a routing saw (router) and a band saw -- Do I need table for both, are their "handheld" options? I have regular saws like circular. DO you think there are any sources that could produce a symmetrical body with this shape, so that I might only need to do the routing? Do you think a neck of this type could be pre-made by any company that makes these kit pieces? I have searched and found nothing meeting all my needs Thank you guys - your knowledge is appreciated. Unlike many, my goal is to get my dream made, and not to experiment with new styles. I hope you guys can help me get there - if anyone here could produce these I would love to talk. Unfortunately I am not local to any guitar designers - I live in a far off island! Let me know if you need to know more - and I will keep providing updates and help I would love from you guys. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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