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Senior year independent study woodworking project, really need someone's help in Milwaukee/SE WI

by Marn64
posted 01-09-2017 06:18 PM


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OSB

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#1 posted 01-09-2017 06:55 PM

With a hand saw, a cheapo belt sander and a cheap router, you could make a Telecaster body pretty easily. Necks look harder because of the fret board radius, fret spacing, fret work in general, fitting the nut and the headstock shape.

I wonder if a Gibson style neck with a scarf joint would be easier if you are going to make a neck? A Les Paul Jr. might be a more unique project in that case but they do seem more susceptible to neck damage if they fall.

I know for a fact that people make guitars with minimal tools all the time, you can probably scrounge up enough at garage sales or Craigslist to get the job done with minimal cash.

With some determination, you can get it done.

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Marn64

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#2 posted 01-09-2017 07:58 PM



With a hand saw, a cheapo belt sander and a cheap router, you could make a Telecaster body pretty easily. Necks look harder because of the fret board radius, fret spacing, fret work in general, fitting the nut and the headstock shape.

I wonder if a Gibson style neck with a scarf joint would be easier if you are going to make a neck? A Les Paul Jr. might be a more unique project in that case but they do seem more susceptible to neck damage if they fall.

I know for a fact that people make guitars with minimal tools all the time, you can probably scrounge up enough at garage sales or Craigslist to get the job done with minimal cash.

With some determination, you can get it done.

- OSB


The only Gibson’s that have the neck joint issue are the traditional one piece (no scarf) necks, which because of the angle of the headstock have a very mild case of grain runout. It isn’t fully the runouts fault however, because of the size of the truss rod access pocket there is little wood there, and it is prone to failure

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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#3 posted 01-09-2017 08:43 PM

You might see if any local luthiers would be willing to help you out. I just googled “Milwaukee Luthier” there are lots of them locally. I would bet someone might be willing to help you out if you demonstrate your enthusiasm for the craft and are polite. Plus it could be a foot in the door to an apprenticeship if you are planning to be a luthier professionally.

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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Marn64

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#4 posted 01-09-2017 11:26 PM



You might see if any local luthiers would be willing to help you out. I just googled “Milwaukee Luthier” there are lots of them locally. I would bet someone might be willing to help you out if you demonstrate your enthusiasm for the craft and are polite. Plus it could be a foot in the door to an apprenticeship if you are planning to be a luthier professionally.

- onoitsmatt


Milwaukee Lutherie would actually be my off campus advisor, Alex. Both of the most prominent, an as far as I know, only two luthiers in town are him and Denny Rauen and both of them are too busy with their clients to let me use their stuff. I’m lucky enough that Alex is helping me in the first place.

-- Benjamin, Milwaukee

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