|Project by Ollie||posted 06-08-2009 05:35 PM||1731 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
This guitar is my first attempt. It is made from 2 sheets of 26mm plywood glued together and then shaped with a jigsaw, spokeshave etc. and carved a bit with some chisels. The fretboard is made from a piece of scrap mahogany i had, and some very carefull measuring then the fretwires are just pressed in with some molegrips and a bit of gentle hammering. This is really just a proof of concept design really, I intend to make a similar shaped quitar from black walnut when i can get hold of a large piece.
The scratchplate is naked carbon fibre because , well I just like it really. The electrical parts are just cheapo stuff from my local guitar shop ( about £25 all in) and i must thank my friend Graham for wiring it up for me.
The nobs are from padauk with a little bit of the sapwood left on the edge to indicate position.
Incidentally I do not play guitar but my brother and many of my friends do.
I am doing things in a backwards lumberjock way, the theory being that if i build it then i should understand it better ! i can now do 2 chords, so watch out i could be the new Hendrix. It does work by the way, and it does play quite nicely so i am told by those more equipped to tell than me. There have been a few issues I was intending to use a metal bridge from a stratocaster but the neck is a little too slim so i had to custom make one from some zebrano (`cos its really hard). and also the trussrod is ineffective because the neck is too strong` next time I will have to make the fretboard much thinner. still, you live and learn. finish is danish oil. Ollie.
-- Ollie, UK.