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I'm redoing my first guitar body because it broke in half. I'm making a semihollow sort of LP double cutaway out of Oak and Quilted maple. How thick are the side suppose to be? By sides i mean how much wood is left on the sides after routing out the cavities.


You should leave at least 1/2" inch although a little thicker would not hurt. Thin sides serve little purpose on a semi(weight savings is going to be very little).


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Now that i know how thick the sides should be i'm not too sure how thick the back should be. The piece of oak i have is about 1 3-4/8 thick. So how far down should i go to keep stability but also get some weight relief?

I'd say about 1/2" again. That will ensure it is strong enough.

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