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Hey

If a body is a two peice, the glue line generally lies in the middle and acts as a center line,

but if say I have a peice of wood thats nearly big enough for a one peice but not quite, can I just glue peices on the out edges to make up the width, like how people glue 'ears' onto necks to make the headstock wide enough.

Like so

Ears.jpg

(obviously I know I can do it, but I just wanner check whether any one has or not, I mean there isnt really any stress on the outer most parts of a guitar so its not like it would snap off or anything)

Cheers

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You could also split that piece down the middle and add a piece of wood along the centerline to make up the width.

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Don't worry about it snapping. Wood glue is generally stronger than wood. There's a reason why set neck don't just pop off and acoustic bridges don't come undone. Those bridges have hundreds of pounds of pressure pulling on them too. Glue will usually make anything wood related stronger.

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It's a perfectly fine way of doing it. And if you do a sunburst (or solid color) the lines won't show anyway.

Although...what happens if you angled the guitar shape on the blank a bit -- are you able to fit it onto the blank? There are some schools of thought that prefer having the longest possible grain line (i.e., diagonal) for the guitar, so if that enables you to maintain a one-piece blank, I'd go for that.

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Don't worry about it snapping. Wood glue is generally stronger than wood. There's a reason why set neck don't just pop off and acoustic bridges don't come undone. Those bridges have hundreds of pounds of pressure pulling on them too. Glue will usually make anything wood related stronger.

I couldn't agree more. Invariably when wood fails around glue lines, it's just that - wood failing, not the glue. Usually the glue line contains wood from the facing piece....unless the joint wasn't satisfactory :-D

Go for it. You wouldn't believe how many commercial solidbody instruments have 3 or even 4 piece bodies.

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You could also split that piece down the middle and add a piece of wood along the centerline to make up the width.

Absolutely. The "racing stripes" add a ton of character to the piece as well.

sapele & limba

mahogany & maple

bubinga, maple, jatoba

limba & african mahogany

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