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Building your own guitar/bass?
    #847064 - 08/27/02 03:25 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

I am about ready to dive into the world of instrument construction. I have done a lot of reading and study about this but I have never actually tried it yet. My father (who is an amazing crafstsman and has a full wood shop) has offered his time and services to help me. I am also pretty handy myself with all kinds of shit (including the electronics that will be involved).

I want to design and build my own matching set....an electric gutair and an electric bass. Something that will wow people when I pull them out on stage and start jamming.

Has anyone here ever tried such a project, or personally know someone who has? I would appreciate any tips on the subject. I am planning on using Koa wood from Hawaii (personal reasons there that need not be explained). I have connections to get the wood and I have plenty of resources to get the hardware and electronics. But if anyone has some helpful hints to make my project run smoother it would be appreciated.

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Re: Building your own guitar/bass? [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #848071 - 08/27/02 10:39 PM (14 years, 1 month ago)

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Re: Building your own guitar/bass? [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #848491 - 08/28/02 07:22 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

Guitarmaking is very cool. Are you using Koa just for the body or for the neck and fingerboard too? My dad is also a craftsman and is very big on the hardwoods. We've got chunks of Koa, Zebrawood, Wenge, blackwood and all kinds of other grains lying around that I'd love to see in a guitar. One day I may make myself a guitar too. I'd really like to see your progress; post some pics once you start.

I tried to put a cool pic of a homemade guitar made of birds eye maple but the upload thing screwed up.

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Re: Building your own guitar/bass? [Re: ToTheSummit]
    #848522 - 08/28/02 07:53 AM (14 years, 1 month ago)

you should inlay the fretboard with purpleheart wood...


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