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First of all, it was nice to find a site to learn from... and enable myself to find info, and maybe a few friends. My Name is Buz, and I am currently deployed in Iraq with a Navy SF Team. I will be home in April, and have found that I want to build a guitar. I am unable to really do much out here, however, I have been doing a ton of :D about it. I have been keeping myself busy with some woodworking (right now i am carving a ring out of Purple Heart for my wife) but there is only so much one can learn without a mentor of some sort. I am still learning about music, and trying to learn to play the guitar.... let alone trying to figure out the parts of a guitar and what makes them tick. I am slowly starting to get it... a lil at a time. I am trying to figure out the difference between all the different types of electric guitars and what different parts (pickups/bridges/etc...) do. I am currently stationed in San Diego for the next couple of years, so if anyone is interested, I am an awesome student. :D I would love to learn all that I can from this site, and the experience here. Thank you for all your time... and help in advance. I hope to be at this for the rest of my years to come.

Very respectfully,

Buz

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First of all, it was nice to find a site to learn from... and enable myself to find info, and maybe a few friends. My Name is Buz, and I am currently deployed in Iraq with a Navy SF Team. I will be home in April, and have found that I want to build a guitar. I am unable to really do much out here, however, I have been doing a ton of :D about it. I have been keeping myself busy with some woodworking (right now i am carving a ring out of Purple Heart for my wife) but there is only so much one can learn without a mentor of some sort. I am still learning about music, and trying to learn to play the guitar.... let alone trying to figure out the parts of a guitar and what makes them tick. I am slowly starting to get it... a lil at a time. I am trying to figure out the difference between all the different types of electric guitars and what different parts (pickups/bridges/etc...) do. I am currently stationed in San Diego for the next couple of years, so if anyone is interested, I am an awesome student. :D I would love to learn all that I can from this site, and the experience here. Thank you for all your time... and help in advance. I hope to be at this for the rest of my years to come.

Very respectfully,

Buz

Welcome to the foray Buz,

First, thank you for serving our country. There are many here that are more than willing to help. So use the search function and ask away!

Mike

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First of all, it was nice to find a site to learn from... and enable myself to find info, and maybe a few friends. My Name is Buz, and I am currently deployed in Iraq with a Navy SF Team. I will be home in April, and have found that I want to build a guitar. I am unable to really do much out here, however, I have been doing a ton of B) about it. I have been keeping myself busy with some woodworking (right now i am carving a ring out of Purple Heart for my wife) but there is only so much one can learn without a mentor of some sort. I am still learning about music, and trying to learn to play the guitar.... let alone trying to figure out the parts of a guitar and what makes them tick. I am slowly starting to get it... a lil at a time. I am trying to figure out the difference between all the different types of electric guitars and what different parts (pickups/bridges/etc...) do. I am currently stationed in San Diego for the next couple of years, so if anyone is interested, I am an awesome student. :D I would love to learn all that I can from this site, and the experience here. Thank you for all your time... and help in advance. I hope to be at this for the rest of my years to come.

Very respectfully,

Buz

Welcome to the foray Buz,

First, thank you for serving our country. There are many here that are more than willing to help. So use the search function and ask away!

Mike

+1 on the welcome and the thanks--though I'm about 1,000 miles away from being able to offer anyone advice at this point. :D

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Thanks fellas. I have already begun my reading and learning on this site, as well as taking some notes. MK.... I checked the link on your current project, and it looks very clean and professional. I can see that jigs help a lot. I am going to have to acquire some of those. :D I really want to start with an acoustic, and have already started looking at a few tools (steam iron, etc...) I like the simpleness without electronics for now.... and then get into that later. I want to make my first project a test piece, and build my skills up with it. I am looking to incorporate a lil designing, some mixed woods (like MK,s neck piece), and some original inlay pieces. I have noticed they really make the guitar. I have been here for lil over 5 hrs, and I already love it here. :D Thx again fellas!

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Buz

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Welcome, and as already said, thank for serving our country. While the electronics may seem to make an electric guitar more complicated, it is actually easier to begin with. The wiring can get very intricate, but it does not have to be. Two pickups, a switch, a volume and a tone control and extremely easy to wire up and the diagrams are very easy to read. As for the build, it is much simpler to work with a block of wood than gluing together the thin sides and tops of an acoustic. But other than a few basic building principles they really are two different creatures.

If you decide to go with an electric, Melvin Hiscocks book on How to Build an Electric Guitar is a great book that explains a lot in detail. If you go with an acoustic, that is out of my league, but there are plenty of other great builders here that can point you in the right direction.

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Hmmmm.... I need to make up my mind, hahaha. I am ordering the book right now, but wont be able to study it for about a month or so. Maybe i will flip a coin. I know they are different, and i really just want to create one of each. Maybe i will start with an electric until i get my own workshop with all the proper jigs for an acoustic build. I just want to give it my all, and then learn from mistakes and good things. I will keep a build diary for every project. It will make it better for me, and help with other builds, as well as experience to hand down here. :D

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Sweet.... so i have made up my mind, and want to do an electric for my first project. Money is not an issue.... and from what i have read.... practicing the techniques on cheap wood first is a good thing. I am just wondering, what is the difference between all these different types of electric? (Strat, Les Paul, Tele, etc....) I am still learning all of this..... as I have never been in a music class or anything. I recently started learning the guitar, and plan on taking a couple classes when i get back to the states. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thx! :D

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Buz

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