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  1. Hello lovely fellow builders! Been lurking here reading for a while, and finally created an account for a couple questions I dont believe I've seen an answer to. If there are threads answering these questions I'm open to being directed to those and having this thread closed. As the thread title implies, I am in the planning and acquisition stages for a from-scratch 5-string bass guitar. I plan on having a through-neck, 24 fret design in a relatively rare 30" short scale length. My questions both have to do with the neck and fretboard. The first is, is there any standard measurement for the length of the fretboard and neck itself relative to the desired scale length? I assume it depends on the number of frets already, but my thought was more specifically for the distance from the end of the fretboard to the bridge, as I assume there is some unspoken "standard" to make room for any and all pickups. My second question has more to do with the neck. I understand there would have to be a point where the neck would just snap from the string tension without some kind of reinforcement, but past that how much does the depth and curvature of the neck matter when building? I want a neck that is as thin and flat as possible without serious risk of snapping in half from regular use. Thank you in advance for any and all advice you can offer!
  2. Context: I'm fairly new to the ProjectGuitar community, and to guitar building, though I've played for 35ish years, and have been woodworking for 25ish. I've done a few repair/restoration/modification projects on electrics, acoustics and ukes, and am embarking on my first full, from-scratch electric build. I'm building it with my son (which, of course, is super fun for me) who has recently gotten serious as a player, and is interested in learning a little about the build process as well. Here's some shots of the shop, which I recently reorganized to be more guitar friendly (previous focus had been classic car restoration - '74 Fiat Spider, '69 Fiat Spider, '69 VW Beetle). And this is us: What we're thinking: It will be a pretty straightforward Les Paul, though we may take some liberties with the pickup configuration and the headstock design. We have African mahogany for the body base and the neck, maple for the top, and a nicely figured wenge for the fretboard. We might use the wenge to veneer the headstock too, but that's still an open discussion at this point. We're going to do an traditional carve on the top, most likely using the angle grinder with carving disk approach as opposed to the router and sander approach or the gouges and chisels approach. What we've done so far: The build is just getting started. We've been studying plans (and making our own where we need them), making templates and gluing up blanks. We dutifully searched the internet for Les Paul plans and dimensions, and started our design from there. We found most of what we needed, with the exception of good dimensions for the neck. So I extrapolated from what I had and drew up the neck myself. We've made MDF templates for the body, including one to use for routing the body itself, and for the electronics cavities. The other is for routing the weight relief cavities, and the neck cavity. If this build goes well, we have enough mahogany and wenge to make another one, so hopefully these templates will have a future as well. We've cut out and glued up the blanks for both the base and the top. The boards came S3S from Cherokee Wood Products in Upland, CA, and it only took a little tuning with the plane to get the edges flat and square for gluing. What's next on the agenda: Laying out the neck and getting it rough cut from the mahogany board is our next step. The new band saw just came yesterday, so I have some set up and tuning to do on the tool before we put the blade into our good wood, but hopefully by the end of the weekend we'll be ready to start thinking about cutting the body shapes out of those blanks. Hope you'll enjoy following along with us. We'll be glad to hear any input, suggestions and ideas. Cheers! -- se
  3. Hey everybody, I'd like to share my first build with you guys before I finish it (and maybe get some advice on the way) So I've been meaning to build my own guitar or bass since I was 17 years old, but it's a bit scary at first. I then decided I wanted to try it, 4 years later, but got disappointed when I failed at finding wood. Then I saw a video of a guy building a guitar out of plywood -neck included- and I thought it was a good way to start (also considering I don't have the tools to work with other kinds of wood). As a fan of the band Muse, I decided I wanted a replica of a Manson guitar. I got the plywood from Home Depot, 12 mm thickness, and I planned to build it on 3 layers so it would get a total depth of 36mm for the guitars body. I printed a full size image of the guitar I'll post more to this after school.
  4. Hello Everyone!! I have just joined the site and looks to be a great resource! My name is Chris and I am attempting my first guitar build. I have no experience with wood working or guitar building, so I will be flying by seat of my pants. I do have some resources that I can use to help me through the process. My Grandfather is a Master Wood worker and pretty much can build anything out of wood or other materials. I have a friend that does all the furniture repairs for the Hotel I work at and last but not least there is a custom wood and milling shop a few miles away from my house. I got my wood there and going to have them do some small milling work for me. I decided to build a Les Paul for my first build, because they are one of my all-time favorites. I have done some small work so far, but still waiting to get a few more tools (IE a band saw). I plan to have this build done before the summer ends. I know that seems like a long time, but will one get to work on the guitar one or two days a week. The wife and kids take up most of my spare time. I would be much appreciated if you all would give me tips and ideals through my build. Here are some pictures of the wood and progress. Here is the wood I got from the custom wood shop. The wood is African Mahogany and Flame Maple. The shop did some prep work on the wood like get the wood ready to join the body and bookmatched the maple top. I paid around 100 for the wood and milling work. Here are the plans I got from the web. If anyone needs a copy I would be happy to email them. Here is some of the templets I made. They still need some work but thought I would link them. I have glued and clamped the Mahogany. Here is the glued body. I still need to take a 1/4 of inch of the wood and clean up the glue marks. I did make my first mistake and will not be the last. Can you spot out my mistake? Do you think it will cause a problem? Here are some pics of the flamed maple top. This will be a challenging project, but looking forward to every minute.
  5. so, my Ibanez -customizing project has turned into a first build project, so I started a new topic. over the years I have done some customizing: routing for humbuckers, replacing a crappy trem with a Floyd, refretting and radiusing necks. Never have I built a body from scratch , so I'll categorize this as my first build, eventhough I'm reusing the Ibanez neck I have re-radiused and will be refretted. The specs: Tele - style Mahogany body with 6mm Zebrano top (ordered) Dimarzio Paf Joe and Paf-pro humbucking pickups Edge floating trem 1 Volume, 1 Tone (push pull) for single coil switching on custom control plate 250mm radiused neck with zebrano headstock finish no pickguard I've found some online plans for a Tele 72 custom which I've printed out to create a template from. have drawn the routings for the edge trem and humbuckers. The plan is to put the pickup selector in the lower horn. I'd like to find or create a nice custom control plate. Still need some inspiration for that. Here's some pics. Including one of my professional guitar parts storage. wood is on order, I'll get some MDF to make some routing templates from as well. I'm also thinking of making my own control knobs on my old man's lathe. Still thinking about a particular style for the control plate and knobs. to be continued
  6. As with many others, I have been lurking around these boards for a while, but have never posted. I have been trying to learn while planning my first guitar build. I am planning a Danelectro style build for my first go, since it is a fairly cheap approach and I don't want to sacrifice a lot of expensive lumber to my amauturity. The design is a somewhat retro semi-hollow body inspired by both Danelectro and Rickenbacker. There it is as both a single and double pick-up design. My approach here is to make a fairly versatile sounding guitar, that centers more around jangle than dark. Because of this I have a bit of a weird idea for the "single pick-up" design. That is to use a Seymour Duncan P-Rails for the bridge, then to wire it for a second pick-up, using an acoustic soundboard transducer as the "second pick-up", with the ability to blend the two with a 3-way switch. The P-Rail would be controlled through push-pull volume/tone knobs. What I am not sure of is the difference in volume output between an electric guitar pick-up and the acoustic transducer and if the difference would make this idea a non-starter. Here are my template designs for the body. Option 1 was my first approach, Option 2 is if I want to get crazy with this acoustic transducer idea. Here are my drawings for the neck: Specifications: Body: Plywood core with either MDF or finish plywood veneer Neck: Maple, bolt-on, 25.5" Scale Fretboard: 21 frets. Poplar. I got some from my neighborhood finish lumber place. Would that work? Bridge: Simple Hard-tail, similar to a Dano bridge. Other Hardware & Electronics: I recently stumbled upon the estate sale of a dabbler in the guitar arts (sad to think about), but I now have boxes of hardware and pots, etc., along with a several of the tools that were already on my wishlist. Like I said, I have never built a guitar before. I have been reading and watching videos for a few months now, working on the design, and collecting some tools. I would appreciate any comments if you see anything that stands out to you. I am still getting my garage organized and plan on taking a "stay-cation" at the end of January to really take a good crack at the neck. Until then I will be practicing on some sacrificial wood.
  7. Greetings, I just recently wrapped up my first scratch build. so I figured I'd make my first post here on PG. I documented the whole shebang on Luthier's Corner (TalkBass), but it is a rather lengthy read, despite all of the awesome advice I received along the journey. The inspiration for the build was based on the early 80s Aria PROii SB1000 basses. Being a fan of John Taylor, this seemed appropriate. Stats: 34" Scale 4-string bass guitar Macassar Ebony fingerboard (pre-slotted and radiused by LMII) Hickory body wings (later scrapped for Peruvian Walnut/Purpleheart -- see below for change) 5 piece maple/walnut/purpleheart/walnut/maple laminated neck-through 13 degree scarf No break angle as the bridge is rather low profile Hipshot Bridge and Tuners I doubt I'll have time today to post all of the pictures, so I will break it up over a few days. Day job + startup nano-cidery that my wife and I own have caused my free time to collapse! Alas, such is life. So, I had zero woodworking experience. None, zilch, nada...aside from basic carpentry cuts, etc. This journey started off with me chipping the headstock on my Rickenbacker 4003 and searching the googles for an easy fix. I stumbled into Talkbass's Luthier's Corner and got sucked into a vortex of threads documenting actual instrument builds. My mind was blown, and life took a turn to the adventurous world of guitar building. Here goes! Wood cut for neck-through blank Glueup! This is when I realized I'll likely be criticized regarding having too many clamps (non-woodworker) or not enough clamps (woodworker) depending on who I was talking to. I need more clamps. Neck blank jointed after 24 hours in clamps. Not a bad start, good glue joints! Quick mock-up with the hickory (at the time) and fingerboard While frequenting wood stores for my lumber, I quickly realized it would be a good idea to sandwich 4/4 boards as opposed to dealing with 8/4, which can sometimes be less stable (I can't say if this is true or not, it is just what a local hardwood wholeseller had told me). Plus, I can chamber for weight loss quite easily. MDF body template final-shaped on ROSS Hickory upper wing roughly shaped. I was quickly realizing how tough that wood is! My poor little (at the time) bandsaw was having issues with that stuff! I made a angled scarf jig for the chop saw. It did OK, but not as good as I had hoped. I now have a good bandsaw with a nice Incra miter guage/fence. I made a sanding jig out of MDF and spray-glued some 60 grit. A friend and fellow builder offered to show me how he cuts his truss rod channel on his router table. It fits! Scarf sanding (which took ages...may just turn that into a router jig) complete and ready to glue up! More to come soon! -Rich
  8. hello just found this site, I have been making my 1st guitar for the last 5 months. Body Zebrano, Neck rosewood, Fretboard macassar ebony. string through, Babicz bridge, brass nut, livewire pickups. I have few tools so it is taking longer then it should lol here are a few pics
  9. I know from a purely logical perspective, for a first build, a bolt-on is best because it will allow for neck shimming, the ability to rebuild the neck or the body if one is messed-up, etc. So, the plan is/was to use non-pretty "left overs" from other furniture, etc. projects. One of these left-overs is a can of DupliColor MetalCast Red Chrome. The idea was to go with the red chrome finish and black hardware and I've already bought the hardware. The conundrum comes in because I love natural finish guitars and it looks like I'll have left-over cherry that's wide enough for the body, but only if I do a neck-through. And the black hardware will still work with a natural cherry guitar. Is a bolt-on that much "safer" for a first build? I've done enough wood-working that I'm not too worried about the mechanics of milling the wood to size, glueing, routing, template building, etc., but I'm still concerned about the unexpected "gotchas", because I've never built a guitar before. Ray
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