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1st guitar build

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:09 pm
by John Rauch
Any suggestions on books to read and any other advice on building a solid body electric guitar would be appreciated. Thinking about building one for my son. He had to sell his a couple years ago during some trying financial times. I have a large piece of Honduras Mahagony 3 inches thick and about 13 x 17 inches for the body. I have a large band saw and a router and a friend has a planer. I have reasonable woodworking skills. Probably will buy a neck.Thanks in advance. JOHN :?: :?: :?:

Re: 1st guitar build

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 3:14 pm
by Charlie Schultz
Hi John and welcome to the forum!

Check out this recent thread- sounds similar to your situation: viewtopic.php?f=4&t=986&hilit=hiscock

Re: 1st guitar build

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 4:11 pm
by John Rauch
Thanks Charlie. JOHN

Re: 1st guitar build

PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 9:31 pm
by Chuck Raudonis
John,

If you would like, you can check out the blog listed in my signature. It is a step by step recount of the bass build that I have under construction from design through finish application (where I am now). It will show you the order and thought process that I went through to get where I am now. I will also be glad to answer whatever questions you have about it. It is a bass, but the concepts carry over.

Chuck

Re: 1st guitar build

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 12:14 am
by Robert Smallwood
Here's the first in a series of 20 or more..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wB6l-bss ... 44492FD771

don't let the music put you on the nod.

Re: 1st guitar build

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:29 am
by John Rauch
Again, thanks fellas. Looks like this will be a forum I visit often in the coming months. JOHN

Re: 1st guitar build

PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2012 2:43 pm
by Freeman Keller
John, let me suggest at least getting Melvyn Hiscock's book and reading it several times through. In addition, read as many "build threads" as you can find, particularly when done by relatively inexperienced builders (watch their problems, what tools they think they need, comments, etc). On that note, here is a thread on my first solid body electric build, I had some experience with acoustics, but this was a scratch built Les Paul clone.

http://acapella.harmony-central.com/sho ... e-Les-Paul

Re: 1st guitar build

PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2012 12:34 am
by John Rauch
I am going to get a copy of the book and read through it. Thanks. JOHN