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1 - 06-08-2013, 22:30
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well, that's the short of it. I've always wanted to at least try and shape and carve the body, neck, etc, and actually build a guitar from scratch (minus electronics. not screwing with that ****). I think it would be an awesome experience, even though I'll probably screw up royally on my first try (and my second). On my way through designing how I want it to look and sound and feel, though, I've hit a few roadblocks. Before I go and buy all of the wood and materials I need and start working, I need to get these ironed out.

the specs I'm looking at so far, for the neck/fretboard:
scale length: 25.5"
frets: 24
neck: one-piece neck
neck wood: maple
neck shape: C
neck type: Bolt
truss rod: ?
neck width (nut): 42mm
neck width (last fret): 56mm
fretboard radius: 14"
fretboard wood: rosewood
fret size: jumbo (so broad a term...)
neck thickness (1st fret): 20mm
neck thickness (12th): 22mm

The neck is where I have run into the bulk of my problems. for one, I get the feeling that everything about the neck has to be extremely precise or it will play like ****. I'm also not sure of anything about the truss rod... I'm looking at all the resources online that I can, I'm talking to a few luthiers I know pretty well, and I'm a little lost there. lastly - how the hell do I go about carving the neck? That scares the **** out of me right now. The only place that I can find specifications like that standard from any company is schecter, and they don't sell necks by themselves. So if I can't get that to come out right I'll probably have to settle for a strat replacement neck until I want to try again. frankly I'm not even sure about the tools I need to shape the neck.

as for the body, I'm still working on it. I'll try and upload the drawing I have once I've gotten the scales and lengths of everything worked out. Right now, I'm just measuring all of the stuff on a guitar that has the same electronic setup and basing it off of those, but I already see a few questions that I don't think I'll be able to answer, like:

how far should the strings be from my pickup?
how big should be the block where I'm bolting on the neck?
how deep do I need to make the slots for the electronics/humbuckers?
how the hell do I install a floyd rose?
how far away from the bridge pickup should my bridge be?
who do I know that has a band saw?

so, with all that, does anyone have any tips or advice?

P.S. I'm not new with wood... I know how to use tools etc. I'm trying not to be too naive; I know that this is a very advanced project and I'll have to rely on people with more experience than I if I want to get it done right.
P.P.S. is there something I missed about the neck specifications?
P.P.P.S. I will try and update this thread with pictures and keep it updated for you guys!
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2 - 06-10-2013, 12:41
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Cool, I look forward to seeing it come together!

old_skul should have some good input, and maybe Alvarez if he still visits here.
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3 - 07-19-2013, 12:56
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I admire your idea and keep my fingers crossed for the success of the action. I hope not share the finished result
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4 - 07-30-2013, 19:40
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Badass. This is something I have always wanted to do as well. I lack the skill to do ito r even the knowledge. I am just a dumb guitar player. Good luck, can't wait to see how it turns out.
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5 - 10-01-2013, 15:13
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i have an electric, needs new strings
and i also need to learn how to play it
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6 - 10-01-2013, 20:10
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My friend does this.
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7 - 03-11-2014, 20:18
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The electronics would be the easiest part by far.
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8 - 03-12-2014, 03:31
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The guitar building forum over at ultimate-guitar is usually a wealth of knowledge.
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