WiFiGuy Posted August 24, 2006 Report Share Posted August 24, 2006 Ok (insert the emoticon of someone rolling up their sleeves and clapping their hands together)---gonna build me a git box!! Maybe "build" is the wrong word. Since this is my first attempt, "assemble" may be a bit more like it. Whatever anyone wants to call the process, I'm excited and looking forward to both the challenge of getting it done and the end result: my first new guitar, built exactly the way I want it!! Been readin' up at various sites, lookin' at tutorials here and elsewhere, and marveling at the craftmanship and creativity that many of you possess. So now that my brain is fully swimming in a sea of details, here’s the “vision” so far: Sound I play in a neighborhood jam band and we play all sorts of music, from blues, to country, to progressive modern (not much into metal though) to classics from the 60’s and 70’s. This being said, I’d like it if I could get a guitar that could give me a bluesey sound, a country twang, and could even sound like an acoustic. I can use my POD to get crunchy stuff and power chords going if necessary. Look At first I was thinking of a painted or dyed finish, but in seeing some of the guitars many of you guys have made, I’m leaning toward natural finish, clear coated for protection with black or stainless hardware. Here’s what I have come up with so far re parts etc., this list was mainly compiled from Warmoth's web site: Body: Warmoth Hollow Strat, Bubinga over a Mahogany base, with one F hole and routed for a pickgaurd Neck: Warmoth Pro construction, Arrow, Standard Thin, Mahogany Frets: SS6105 stainless Fretboard: Ebony Nut: Earvana Tuners: Gotoh Kluson Tremolo:Gotoh Wilkinson Pickups: EMG SA/SA/81 ***Since I’m new to all of this and don’t pretend to know what I’m, talking about, please feel free to make any necessary suggestions or to flat out tell me if I’m doing something dumb or that won’t work very well**** Here’s a question: Since I’d really like to be able to get an acoustic sound when needed, should I consider going with some saddle pickups? I’ve seen a few guitars in some of the "finished" galleries were the builder included Graphtec Ghost Saddle pick ups, but I really don’t know much about these. If I could simply throw a switch and go from the magetic pickups to the piezo for acoustic strumming, I’d like that. Will this be a big deal to install or require a bunch of routing etc? For assembly and finish, I was thinking of doing that myself. I can solder and am pretty good with assembling stuff. My assumption based on what I’ve read is that I’ll have to spray about 12 coats of clear nitro cellulose sealer on the neck and body from a spray can. Anyway, let me know what you guys and gals think of all this. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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