how do i build a guitar

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  1. lp junior freak

    lp junior freak V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    how do i build a guitar feel free to talk about experiences buildin restoring and fixing ur guitars:photos: pic are wanted
     
  2. Mr Bones

    Mr Bones V.I.P. Member

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    kind of open ended question
     
  3. FLICKOFLASH

    FLICKOFLASH V.I.P. Member

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    well building a guitar for me began for the lack of $$$ as a child & I would build plywood bodies & add scavenged necks. As I bought hundreds of guitars the first thing i do would be tear it apart, There was no guitar that i didn't see where some kind of improvement could be made. Most learning was trial & error & i would get all the books that i could & then Stew - Mac was a big push forward for parts . I progressed to doing my own designs & experimental models. I moved on to signing up at local continuing education classes where you can use the schools workshop & let me tell you the big tools make things much easier & faster , Now days I do mostly restoration & design , blueprinting & subout the work to very talented & more equipped people :thumb:
     
  4. GuitarGal

    GuitarGal Senior Member

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    :hmm: I would like to do that someday - learn how to build a guitar for myself..that would be neat to learn~ :thumb:
     
  5. M.T. Pockets

    M.T. Pockets V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    First, you gotta find a tree.
    Not just any tree.
    Maple, Mahogany, Ash, Alder, Poplar....wait, are you wanting to build an acoustic or an electric guitar? Cedar is pretty common in acoustics but seldom seen in electrics. Come to think of it, no matter what kind you want to build, you're gonna need a couple of different tree types. Rosewood is used extensively for fretboards on either type of guitar. Ebony, too. Oh, crap......

    You're not talking about a building a bass guitar are you?
    Bass guitars are, of course only built from the bottom of trees. You can't get that chest pounding THUMP out of anything but the bottom.

    I guess to be covered, you're gonna need to decide what kind of guitar you want to build, then plant a tree(s) accordingly.
     
  6. lp junior freak

    lp junior freak V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    First, learn how to spell Junior.
     
  8. ptate

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    :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    And just to clarify, don't plant a bent tree. Your grain will be all over the place.

    :cheers:
     
  9. lp junior freak

    lp junior freak V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    i know how my typing is terrible
     
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    BCRGreg V.I.P. Member

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    Ah, that's better. Good man.
     
  11. FLICKOFLASH

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    [​IMG]

    LPJ Freak:dude: :dude: :slap: :dude: :cool2:
     
  12. Cross Roads

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    Hey, I had to start somewhere!
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  13. single cut 54

    single cut 54 V.I.P. Member

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    Check out nmguitars thread ''building a chambered LP'' .It'll do for me Tommy!
     
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    that is how you spell junior.
     
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    im_b0r3d_ V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    Not to correct him, but what he meant was..

    First, learn how to spell, Junior.

    There you go. :) :thumb:
     
  16. lp59aholicDon

    lp59aholicDon V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    Got Wood, Got tools ( Massive amounts of both) have time , patience and skills?
    Bolt on neck, set neck, Neck thru, long tenon, short Hardware to be used ?
    First and formost, lay out your plans
     
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    single cut 54 V.I.P. Member

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    I know, i'm sorry, it's just my sense of humour. But isn't punctuation crucial ?
     
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    im_b0r3d_ V.I.P. Member V.I.P. Member

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    LOL! I was thinking the same while I read it, :rofl:

    Isn't sarcasm hard to communicate over the internet?
     
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    check with luthiers in your area. Many of them give classes.
     

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