|Project by Ripthorn||posted 01-12-2012 02:43 AM||5750 views||15 times favorited||55 comments|
So this may be slightly long-winded, but bear with me. Now, I am as much (if not more) of a wood snob as the next guy, especially when it comes to the guitars I build. However, when I read the Tubafore challenge, I started to think it would be fun to build a guitar out of a single 2×4 for several reasons, namely:
- Everyone says you shouldn’t build a neck and/or fretboard from pine
- Pine isn’t an exotic hardwood
- Practice techniques and such that I would never do on a “real” build
- Build a guitar totally by the seat of my pants; no real planning, just go wherever the wind blows me (I’m usually a meticulous planner with my guitars)
In addition to using a single 2×4, I put the additional constraint on myself that I had to use entirely hardware I had on hand or that I could fabricate. This led to the design of the headstock, as I wanted 6 in line look, but I only had 3×3 tuners. Also, i wanted to design my own body shape. I have fallen totally in love with both the headstock and body shape, so even if it eventually just turns in to firewood, it is more than worth the $5 or so of materials that I put in to it.
Now for some details: all pine, even the fretboard. I made the neck and fretboard extra thick to account for the lack of stiffness in the pine. I made the rear cavity cover, jack plate, and truss rod cover from aluminum. I call the body style “Event Horizon” because in astrophysics the event horizon is the region around a black hole past which if something passes, it can’t escape. I thought it fitting since I am a physicist and also due to the fact that, now that I have designed this body style, I dont’ think I’m going back to any other boring body styles as a general rule.
Now, I used about 10’ of 2×4, so I am automatically disqualified from the tubafore contest, but that doesn’t matter. I learned a lot, including some flaws in my current techniques (this thing isn’t perfect by any stretch of the imagination). However, now I know so much more and am prepared to build several more (despite the fact that this was my 10th guitar build). Thanks for looking.
-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science