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My New Guitar

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Blog entry by BOOGE posted 04-24-2010 03:33 AM 760 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a 5 string bass guitar for a friend a few years ago and it turned out with a fantastic sound.
So I decided to make a 6 string guitar for myself.
The body of the guitar is of solid silver ash.
The neck which runs full length through the body.
I sliced the timber for the neck to about 1/2” thick and 1 1/2” wide
using silver ash and northern scented rosewood then glued them together
on edge,meaning widest piece to widest piece alternating the timbers.
The reason for this is there will be no warping or twisting of the neck and therefore no
steel rod needs to be used for strength.
The fretboard is of red siris which is quite durable and hard.
There was a lot of trimming to do as I opted to used a classic style tuning head
instead of the usual bent neck seen on most guitars.
I am ready now for the fretting and fitting of other hardware and
the final polish.
I will post the finished product.

Happiness is bringing a piece of timber back to life….forever.

-- BJ



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John Steffen

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#1 posted 04-24-2010 03:43 AM

I’m always excited to see homemade guitars. Let’s see some pics!

-- Big John's Woodshed - Farmington, IL

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BlueRocco

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#2 posted 05-03-2010 06:54 AM

I always laminate my necks too, with the grain opposing so it stresses against itself. Still put in a truss rod though, just in case. You might try slotting the frets before you glue the fretboard on, but put the frets in afterward or it will bow and you will have a hard time gluing it down. I radius my fretboards with a 12” long, 12” diameter on the arch, preshaped sanding block, so I make the slots pretty deep so the slots are deep enough are the ends after shaping. My firsrt one I had to reslot after shaping so I go a little deeper now. Looking good, I bet it will sound great with the type of woods you are using. Lots of sustain there.

-- Micheal, Boise, Id

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