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Offline Richard

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DIY guitar
« on: March 16, 2008, 09:59:10 AM »
I have been making this for what seems like several decades now and always found an excuse not to finish it  ^-^

However for some unknown reason I have this week had the time and and the energy. so have really grabbed it by the spheres by making a neck and at long last glues the arched back to the sides so I hope it's right  :-X The back and sides are made from some ancient thick cherry veneer, the top is to be spruce and the neck mahogany.

It started out a sort of Gibson L5 (I recall) copy, rather like that enormous thing Big Bill is seen holding, but it has now lost that pretention and is a squareneck (haha) but I am at the crossroads of what to turn it into.... a giant single cone resonator  :o or to continue as an acoustic.

I have the materials and way with all to go in either direction, so thoughts gentleman please  :) I expect you can see I also have thing about big cast iron machines :-X

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #1 on: March 17, 2008, 08:39:45 AM »
And, it came out of it's mould thingy without springing apart and now looks much more guitar like  :)

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #2 on: March 17, 2008, 09:45:05 AM »
Very cool Richard.  I assume you have some kind of plan going and so i think you should stick to the original plan - I say acoustic.

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #3 on: March 17, 2008, 11:18:40 AM »
Hi Richard,
This is a really neat-looking project.  I agree with John D., that your original plan seems like a good one, especially after the last photo you posted, which gives a clearer idea of the body shape.  I think a resophonic guitar with such a wide lower bought might get sort of jumbled in its sound, whereas a flat or carved top acoustic without a resonating cone, but with a square neck, might make for a really suave, smooth sound for lap-style as you play.  Either way, I look forward to seeing/hearing how it turns out.
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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #4 on: March 17, 2008, 02:21:42 PM »
Big Oahu shape, I say go acoustic, but.......you could turn it out as an Aragon style reso and deafen the neighbours!

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2008, 03:06:32 PM »
Stay with the wood - it'll be unique. If it doesn't kick you can either put a pickup on or convert it to an Aragon-alike.

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2008, 07:53:39 AM »

Okeh, Okeh... I'll stick with the acoustic as planned :D  but you didn't realise that now I have to concoct some form of oval rosette, that's gonna be tricky  :-X

With luck another progress pic tomorrow.
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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2008, 08:51:52 AM »
Seems both of my kids have decided to come home from uni for two weeks so I fear progress has slowed somewhat.

However I have now done some more on the neck as the pics show, the next task is the horrible oval hole  :-X I'm not sure if it's going to make WeenieGuernsey as 100% but it gives me target to aim for  ;)

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #8 on: March 26, 2008, 02:20:21 PM »
Despite the orffspring I am still making progress although a little slower  ;)

It's only "placed" together here as there is still way to go yet !

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #9 on: March 27, 2008, 05:25:03 AM »
How dat goiing to fit on your lap?

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #10 on: March 27, 2008, 11:45:28 AM »
You're not gonna get a go on it if you carry on like this  :D
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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2008, 03:18:24 AM »
You're not gonna get a go on it if you carry on like this  :D

Phil would only struggle anyway, Richard, given his left-hand tendencies.

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2008, 06:11:21 AM »
Less so in the lap as you know PP.

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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #13 on: March 28, 2008, 11:58:20 AM »
Oh girls... no need to get too excited  ;D
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Re: DIY guitar
« Reply #14 on: March 30, 2008, 09:16:50 AM »
And the latest situation is top, botton and sides all glues and trimmed and that nasty oval hole you made me do is complete. I have just given it a coat of good old 18C recipe Vandyke crystals the top to be left as is, since it's a nice bit of wood!

The cam makes it look a bit bottom heavy and of course it's still a mock-up as regards the neck etc

Now next I must finish the neck and then all that nasty rubbing down is next and I might risk a spray with water based lacquer.... any suggestions... ideas.... who has done what???

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