I built a guitar

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  1. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    As the title says I built a guitar. Two days of work at 8 hours a day (just got out of school lots of free time), so 16 so far, and will finish up wiring and decide on how to fret the beast tomorrows.

    I title it "the beast", it weighs at least 25 pounds the neck it real wide and real thick. But its a good thing cause i got big hands.

    I stole the pick ups out of Yamaha eg-112c the bottom one stayed a humbucking and the top two are being molded together to become another humbucking. The bridge was stolen from it too but was highly modified.

    I don't think i'll paint it, any time soon at least, but might give it a dark stain maybe.

    I'll record how it sounds when i finish the electrics in side and gets frets on. (dang it is hard to play without frets)

    picks coming real soon. edit: here

    any ways there was a 17 year old who inspired me on this site, 18 by now maybe. i'll find the name later. (by the way im 15)
     
  2. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    Sounds... interesting, can't wait for some photos.
     
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  5. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    Looks good for a 16-hour first-time job.

    Now to hear it play :p
     
  6. localoid macrumors 68020

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    Yeah... let's hear it dude! ;)

    Good job. What's the wood?
     
  7. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    yah the neck is a bit crooked, that was one hellish cut, It started out as a 4 foot long 5 inch thick and 5 inch wide block of maple. The body it self is maple, 4 1/2" sheets glued together.

    Tomorrow we'll here it's first electronic words, my baby is growing up...

    I'll be making my own pickups soonish, within the next month.

    I might work on the neck, but i really don't want to shave too much more off cause well i don't have a truss rod in there...

    I might give up the neck and get a pre-built one, just have to see have fretting it without fret wire goes. The only reason I'm fretting it is because I cant get any sound out of the high E string.
     
  8. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Erm, you're going to need a truss rod or the neck will be a banana in no time.
     
  9. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Bah. It may look a little Flintstones, but if it ends up sounding okay, it will only make it that much cooler.
     
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  11. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    sure? It's a 1-3/4" thick, 2-1/2" wide piece of hard maple. Have any ideas on how to one in there?
     
  12. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Yes, I'm sure. It's like having a 75kg weight one one end of the neck.

    You put one in you need to cut off the equivalent of the fretboard, route out a channel and install the truss rod. Then glue the fretboard back on.
     
  13. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ^^ K thanks I'll wrap my head around that for a while.
     
  14. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    You shoulda used carbon fiber. :p


    Kidding, I don't think it would be any good for an electric guitar.
     
  15. pianoman181 macrumors regular

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    Joe Driskill puts carbon fiber in his necks under the fretboard for added rigidity. So, actually, that's not a bad idea.

    Yeah, dude, you're definitely going to need a trussrod. Have you read any books on guitar building? What was your process of joining the neck to the body? How's the action going to be?
     
  16. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Added Photo and Sounds

    Added Photo and Sounds:

    guitar.jpg

    Volume knob, the switches turn off either the pickups on or off.
    Also the neck was going to be too much work, so I got won already made.
    Audio:


    Both Pickups


    Top Pickup

    Bottom Pickup
     
  17. furcalchick macrumors 68020

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    i would like to have one shaped like a flower petal on the bottom and a stem going up on the top...girly i know.
     
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    I'm very impressed with the results, looks like you spent a good amount of time and effort. Sounds pretty good too.

    Great job, glad to see hard work paying off for someone.:cool:
     
  20. Fearless Leader thread starter macrumors 68020

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    ^^ glad you liked the sound. I was worried for a while. My pickups were placed to low and was getting a muddy and all around... well F***ed up sound.
     
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    Well consider yourself a luthier, it looks cool. :D
     

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