IWishICouldShred Posted June 13, 2008 Report Share Posted June 13, 2008 I've done a handful of refinishes, a couple repairs, and one complete overhaul in the past, but now I'm going to start my first from-scratch build. I've decided to do 2 guitars at once to save on shipping, gas, etc. The goal is to sell one at the end to cover my budget, and it looks like I can do the pair for a total of around $300 before pickups. I haven't decided on electronics or anything yet.* Anyway, I'm looking at the basics right now- I want to do a LP double cut with a bolt on neck. I like the feel and higher fret access of a bolt-on, plus the adjustability seems like a good idea for a first build. I'm looking at poplar for the bodies, I can get 2 8/4 pieces in the dimensions I need for a total of about $30. I'm debating between a painted finish (crackle or airbrush) and a spalted top. Maybe one of each. I know poplar isn't so hot in the looks department, but I also don't think I'm ready to dive into a laminated carved top. For the neck, I'm purchasing a piece of hard maple very soon that will serve as the outside 2/3 of both necks ($10 on craigslist), and I'm thinking a purple heart laminate would look really cool. (Only need about 1 bf, so it will be around $7) Finally, I must decide on a fretboard wood. I see that many people use purple heart for bass fretboards, and even the occasional dulcimer, but it's much more rare on guitars. I've heard that it's an oily wood, so my question is this: Do I need to clearcoat a purpleheart fretboard (like maple) or can I just leave it raw and oil it (like rosewood)? I'm not a big fan of maple boards, and I've already got 6 rosewood-boarded axes. As for the budget, by the way, I'm going with all black hardware from GFS. Total cost for 2 guitars is around $180. (Bridge, tailpiece, tuners, straplocks, neck plate, jack plate, pickup rings, knurled knobs, and 3 pos switch) It'll be another $8 for fretwire from Grizzly or UJ and $15 or so for a Stewmac truss rod. *No electronics yet because I generally play EMG's, but I am a broke college kid and can't afford to shell out $400 for 2 sets right now. This is a lo-buck build to the -enth degree, but I still want to do something unique. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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