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  1. Hello, I'm a quite new guitarist (about 2 very casual years). I've been lately looking at a cheap 7-string guitar with a Floyd rose. I already own a cheap but quite decent MICHAEL BATIO MAB7X 7 STRING - CBK guitar which I'm really happy with. I've been recently looking for a "new" guitar and I've found couple of guitars which cost almost nothing for what they seem to be worth. I'm fully aware these are counterfeited fake guitars made in china. I'm really interested in the neck through bodies that they come with tho. Is it worth buying for the bodies and bodies alone and installing new bridge and other components? Or are there somewhere the neck through bodies for 7 string Floyd rose bodies that I can buy? My budget is 500 pounds which is roughly 700 dollars. I know many will say to just buy a new original guitar but there really aren't any guitars providing neck through bodies with 7-string Floyd rose at this price range and due to already owning another 7-string guitar with Floyd rose bridge I only need the body to swap the components into.
  2. Hello everyone. I want to share with you my very first build. It is done now and I'm very pleased with the result. I am a learning guitar player (don't dare to call myself a beginner yet). I own a cheapo Harley Benton Strat copy and a nice Epiphone G400 that I use as my main practice instrument. A couple of months ago I came across an advert for this amazing looking Soviet era Ural 650. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-OlU05gB-wKgwFtDqhuglWzKo9rbB2wv/view?usp=drivesdk Totally fell in love with it. But after doing some research I found out that these were of pretty poor quality even when new, and since the 70s even the good ones got bent out of shape and are pretty much unplayable. So I decided to build one myself. I wanted a guitar to practice at work during my breaks, but a quiet one, unplugged, but electric. I had my strat copy at work and since that is hollow and made out of pine wood, was sounding pretty nice and clear unplugged. So the plan was to make a (kind of) hollow guitar, with a soundhole (maybe to amplify a bit the sound) and have only the neck pickup since I mostly use that one, and the guitar will be used unplugged most of the time. I didn't want to spend too much on this project so I tried to use whatever I could find. All the tools and materials used: -Pine wood -drill with various size drill bits -angle grinder with sandpaper disk attached -wood chisel -hand saw -wood adhesive -wood filler -2 cans of primer -yellow, red, black paint, one can each -2 cans clear laquer -various sandpaper grits -turtle wax -screwdrivers -a whole lot of elbow grease and dedication First I picked my wood. As I work I a cemetery I found I nice pine plank we use to surround the grave at funerals. All the planks had knots so no chance of finding one without it. As I did not have any professional tools to carve out the inside of the guitar, and the plank was too thin anyway, it was going to be made out of two layers. I had to cut a piece of plank in half, along the edge, to make the thin layer that will go at the back. As I did not have any cutout of the Ural, I had to rely on a very low resolution image of the design. I had to print it out on paper, glue the papers together, resize the image on the PC and keep printing it until I was happy with the size of the print. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-myVGBhL9rpPngJgGFWpZGXpr0td9jVN/view?usp=drivesdk I didn't have any clamps to glue the board pieces together so I used a lot of heavy marble shares I had and just pressed them together, the sheer weight keeping them nice and tight. https://drive.google.com/file/d/101k-DF1JxCQXU1nt_IuzjTO5L-mpqwXX/view?usp=drivesdk Trace the overal shape of the ural using the paper print. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-zvLSJzFP-NBn1IhPZwnL7w6ijW-6aFv/view?usp=drivesdk Using a hand saw and the angle grinder, cut the front and back pieces. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-ukF70qY_XqFE92jfwhJ87o9f5CfEYxo/view?usp=drivesdk Using the drill, cut out a lot from the middle of the front half, using the paper print as a reference to see where the pickguard would go, leaving just enough space for the screw to catch on to. Then it was the crucial part of cutting the neck pocket. I was going to use a neck from an old strat copy as I have no knowledge in building one, so I used the strat scale. Spent over whole day with just a flat wood chisel and a rubber hammer. At the end of the day, the neck fit almost perfectly, nice and tight. I wanted to use the same screw holes the neck already had, so I shaped a piece of paper, put it in between the old strat and it's neck, screwed it in, then used that paper to see where I need to drill the new holes on the one I was building, drilling from the inside of the pocket. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-mg1n7_iZkYnMr8-06__ko9C60dIILAT/view?usp=drivesdk Using wood filler, patched some imperfections, sanded the wood extensively for two days, then applied the first light of primer. https://drive.google.com/file/d/103Z_Whq4yAAaVzy3zlKVyRTXRs808el8/view?usp=drivesdk I wanted a simple, front loading bridge. I picked a Strat style one. To connect the ground, drilled a hole under it to go towards the inside. Left the wood to settle for two weeks. Came back, applied several coats of primer over 3 days. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-THnvPl95YVZdz6B_t5dKEAL8oJB3Lhk/view?usp=drivesdk Then it was time for the yellow paint. A whole can used, several layers over 3 days. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-FNadnxBxrXlusmbTs4ynIFwC6Astq-n/view?usp=drivesdk Then came the red paint. Very inexperienced, put way too much, but decided to polish off the excess. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-PAqe7A2BHz-BIEH-p3IQmJAOwdQFHmk/view?usp=drivesdk Because of the polishing, the patterns of the wood were showing red, but I loved the effect! Then the black edge went on. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-IEgmURUoci14-wdv8yDqjfnP2jVvlIs/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-BZaABw-S2wMKHxf_EltfEeSLIHDhc0f/view?usp=drivesdk Considering the variety of 'organs' I was putting into it and the material used, decided to calle it The monster, and applied the appropriate decal. Printed it out myself on waterside decal paper. More sanding and blending. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-CCGN9whiH1B3XbeDF8smdAJ3ssMmYoF/view?usp=drivesdk Time for the clear lacquer, 2 cans applied over 3 days. Now for ther pickguard. The Ural design looked a bit bland so decided to make my own. With a piece of paper over the body, traced it's outline then sketched the shape of the pickguard. Cut it out then used it to trace the outline on the pickguard material. I used a 4 ply golden brown sheet. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-9IzG7rJ8O4NIaUqtqa-CThfj25j0-Dk/view?usp=drivesdk For pickup I used a Wilkinson Telecaster, the volume knobs are Les Paul style, used the bottom of a cup to trace the outline of the soundhole. This took me a whole day, as I only had the drill, saw, and sandpaper to do it. Connected the electronics, etc. Drilled the holes for the pickguard screws, put in the strap pegs and finally the strings. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-jq_ieFDMyq5Witv6zamL7qhVh0Bpu8-/view?usp=drivesdk https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-42OCrQ4JQ2g8TVW3_aJpn3mGgWmPB2A/view?usp=drivesdk I plugged it in, tuned it, set up the intonation. Put it down and admired it. I could not believe it. I was so happy with the result and so proud of myself. I never thought I could actually make it look so good and fully work and sound as it should. To be honest, I don't know how I did it. When I was working on it it was like I was in a trance - my brain would just freeze and my hands just kept going. I know the material used is not great. But this is not a high standard instrument. I just wanted something to jam with at work. The parts used came from 4 different styles as well, and the soundhole may look out of place. But it works for me and I love it! What are your thoughts on it?
  3. Hey guys, I am building a guitar and I want a humbucker in the neck and single coils for the middle and bridge positions. I would like 3 volumes and 3 tones, is this possible? If so, can someone get me a diagram or does anybody know who I could contact to get the info? Thanks a lot!
  4. I want to start by saying i'm completely new to guitar making. I am choosing to make one as this will be my tenth guitar, so i want it to be special. I felt as though making my own would be better than buying one. With that out the way, hello i'm Andrew. As this is my first one I will be building straight from a kit (This one to be exact https://www.gear4music.com/Guitar-and-Bass/Seattle-Jazz-Electric-Guitar-DIY-Kit/PZU) This will cut out some of the work like some parts and most the wood cutting. The artwork will be fine as i have a friend who has agreed to do it for me, and the wood work will be easy as my friend own's a small wood cutting shop. I however have very limited knowledge on electronics. I don't want the guitar to sound like what comes in the box so i have ordered some Seymore Duncan SH-2 and SH-4 Humbuckers instead. I want to wire it up to play more like a Fender Jaguar with that sort of control setup, i have looked online for diagrams and electronic's and cannot find them anywhere, so if someone could possible link me some tutorials as well as links to buy parts. Thank you for you're time, Andrew Smith :)
  5. Hi guys (and gals)! I am not just new to this site, but to guitar building as well. I have created a YouTube channel ( https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6U6BfZTF3u_K2G-rql_HsQ ) to document my progress. Once I complete a build, it will be given away to one of my subscribers who comments on at least one video of the build series. I am certain I will make mistakes and do things differently from how the awesome luthiers on this site would and I welcome your feedback. The first video is a review of the inexpensive kit I am using for my first build. You can see it here. I look forward to your comments and critiques.
  6. Hello. I am wondering where I can purchase an ebony fretboard, suitable for an 8 string guitar with a 28" scale.
  7. Hi guys so recently I've been wanting to get a new guitar and I fall onto doing a build myself. I have a little bit of an idea of what I want to do and the woods I want to use, but not too much detail after that, I can definitely use some advice and recommendations. So here are my plans. The Idea for the guitar is a 8 string guitar multi scale (26 1/4 inch at the high E and 28 1/2 at the low F) with fanned frets. I want to tone to be bright and crisp with really good articulation of the notes. I have which woods id like to use and ill organize from head stock down... Headstock - Koa Macassar ebony (as the trust rod cover) Neck - Koa Fret board - Macassar Ebony Body - I'm plan on having Wenge and Black Palm alternating, Like so. Wenge, black palm, Wenge, black palm, Wenge with a Zebrawood Top For hardware I want to do 2 slanted Humbuckers with a straight single coil in-between them. I want the pick ups to be passive, but really articulate. I was thinking bareknuckles for the humbuckers, but I'm not sure for the single coil or if how that whole layout will work. As for the rest of the hardware I'm not too sure on what to go with, but I do know I want a individual piece bridge. I just started planning this out but I would like to get some advice and tips if anyone has some for me. Edit.. I know that Black Palm is very difficult to work with and I dont plan on doing to much wood work for it but just enough to sandwhich it between the Wenge wood in the body. The other woods seem to be around the same intermediate levels to woodwork, This is a Rough (ROUGH) Layout of the woods front of the guitar http://imgur.com/a/B08sF Back of the Guitar http://imgur.com/a/jctGK
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