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Forum topic by Matt Stauffer posted 11-16-2014 04:53 AM 1235 views 0 times favorited 20 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Matt Stauffer

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11-16-2014 04:53 AM

I made this “guitar” back in high school woodshop class (1993) and don’t plan on ever finishing it. I guess I’m looking for permission to cut this thing back into strips and get some use out of it. I know I can get a wooden spokeshave out of the center strip. What do you think?

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24


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#1 posted 11-16-2014 04:59 AM

I recommend you carefully cut the spokeshave
shape out of the upper wing where it won’t
interfere with electric stuff. Then make the
spokeshave and complete the guitar.

You can buy a fretted neck on ebay pretty cheap.

You could also sell the guitar body on ebay
I suppose.

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#2 posted 11-16-2014 05:16 AM

I guess I am missing something but I don’t see a guitar when I look at that picture. I would cut it up and use the wood.

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#3 posted 11-16-2014 06:11 AM

I was joking. I think something like oak or ash
would make a better spokeshave. Mahoghany
isn’t as tough or springy. It’s virtues are many,
mainly that it’s so consistent and easy to work -
it’s a joy to carve.

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#4 posted 11-16-2014 06:25 AM

Greg, I was going for one of these.

-- Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. ~ John 5:24

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#5 posted 11-16-2014 06:28 AM

V’s look better than they play in principal. They will always slide on you and are a pain to practice on.

Cut it up.

-- Shooting down the walls of heartache. Bang bang. I am. The warrior.

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#6 posted 11-16-2014 08:40 AM

oh, but look at the fret access and body mass!

(I don’t know a lot about electrics but I do
understand that V’s are used both live and
in the studio to get specific sounds, particularly
for the heaviest tunes.)

One of my mentors in guitar making was a
hollow body builder, mostly, but he built
solids here and there and made pickups. He
told me stuff about necks and fingerboards
that I ignore as an acoustic builder, but
I totally believe that with fine electrics there’s
an ocean of variables to play with for a
tone hound.

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#7 posted 11-16-2014 12:49 PM

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#8 posted 11-16-2014 01:36 PM

Finish the guitar…you’ll never again have the opportunity for finish it if you cut it up. There are millions of other choices for spoke shave wood.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 11-16-2014 02:27 PM

Its not like you need a lot of wood for a spokeshave either. You could probably get enough from a scrap bin somewhere. I’d hang onto the guitar and who knows, maybe someday you’ll finish it.

-- James

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#10 posted 11-16-2014 03:01 PM

I’ve built upwards of 20 guitars now, and if one doesn’t meet my standards, I have no qualms cutting it up. The first two I built are no longer. If you’re not going to finish it, you can choose to be sentimental about it, which is my first instinct, or you can be logical and cut it up. Either choice is fine as long as you are good with it. Truth be told, though, there is not a whole lot of real “usable” wood in a V body, but if you want to use it, go for it.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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#11 posted 11-16-2014 03:41 PM



- Picklehead

Hahaha!

That’s exactly the first answer that popped into my head too.

-- Lao Ma: You are so full of anger and hatred. Xena: Everybody's gotta be full of something.

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#12 posted 11-16-2014 04:53 PM

Make a boomerang and a spokeshave. If you make the spokeshave first you can use it to finish the boomerang.

-- Tom - Measure twice cut once. Then measure again. Curse. Fudge.

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#13 posted 11-16-2014 05:04 PM



Make a boomerang and a spokeshave. If you make the spokeshave first you can use it to finish the boomerang.

- ElChe

Hell, make a spokeshave in a boomerang shape! That way when it all goes wrong and you throw your tool it will come back to you!

-- You've got to be smarter than the tree.

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#14 posted 11-17-2014 05:49 AM

What do you call a boomerang that does not come back to you?
A stick.

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#15 posted 11-17-2014 06:03 AM

If you havnt the time to finish it fancy then finish easy, second hand neck, strat hardtail bridge, no tone pot just a volume front routed and a single 15k pickup mounted in the pick guard.

-- ... Never Apologise For Being Right ...

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