dteney Posted August 14, 2007 Report Share Posted August 14, 2007 Hi, I'm new to this forum; I'm from Belgium and I'm designing what will be my first home-made guitar. I've some experience with wood working and I have access to many tools, so I'm pretty confident The goal: A light and compact guitar (to travel with), with a correct sound unplugged (just to be able to play it unplugged in a room), and a warm "round" sound plugged (towards the sound of an archtop, I'm a fan of blues and jazz). The idea for now: I'm going to get a full-maple telecaster neck, so I'll only work on the body. I have in my stock a nice block of wenge and a planck in ashwood. I was thinking about a hollowed body in wenge, 0.8" thick, and a thin ash top (0.15") with two f-holes. I'll put a single pickup, a humbucker at the neck, but I don't know yet which one. The thin body won't be a problem concerning strength I think, since wenge's quite hard, nor for the electronics, since I'll put mini-potmeters on the side. The neck would be bolted to a metal plate itself bolted to the body, so thickness isn't a problem either for that. I would now need some advice, especially concerning the choice of woods. I've seen several wenge basses, but never a guitar body ! Do you have any idea how this design could sound ? I've also difficultied to guess how "loud" it could sound unplugged... Does a thin top make a better sound than a thicker one ? Thanks a lot in advance ! The current plan (note the small thin body): Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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