Kim94595 Posted May 5, 2005 Report Share Posted May 5, 2005 Just wanted to say thank you to Brian (bought a few pieces and parts from Universal Jems) and the rest of you here who post such helpful information. Although I'm a woodworker I hadn't thought to make a guitar until I came across this forum. It's very different from building cabinets! But I've just finished my second one and felt that I should give some feedback to you all as a form of thanks. This guitar has a book matched top of quarter sawn sycamore from a tree that I cut down years ago. Hadn't ever seen a guitar made from this wood, so I thought it would be a little bit unique. The body is a chambered basswood painted black. The neck is maple with a birdseye maple cap. Nitro lacquer finish and rubbed out. It's small and light (about 6.5 pounds). The hardware and pups are nothing special (Korean made), but I set it up with 9-42 strings with 1/16th string to fret distance at the 17th fret (I use drill bits to measure this ... works great), and it plays without any string buzz at all. You don't need to blow all your money on the hardware for your learning projects. Save that for later and you'll appreciate it more, I think. Oh ... I did use black strings (DR) to have them stand out against the wood a bit. Kinda cool looking. As far as electric guitars go, this is not too difficult a project. I chose this body (a copy of a Music Man Axis) because the top is completely flat. That made fitting hardware, finishing, rubbing it out, a lot less work than other styles. Since it was only my second attemp, I wanted to keep it simple. I only mention this because I think that sometimes people may try to do too much when they are starting out and they can become defeated with the frustration of it all. I'm a 55 year old cabinet maker, and I have to admit that this was not a no brainer project for me. I learned a lot, but fortunately, I came to it with a lot of helpful information from all of you here. So I really thank this generous little community here for that. I have always felt that it's a pity when people don't freely share their knowledge out of some sense of insecurity. We're only building on what we learned from others, so we have a responsibility to give back, I think. But hey ... just my two cents worth there. Your mileage may vary. Thanks again to you all ..... Kim Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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