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Body blanks - how many pieces are too many?


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So I have a local source for Honduran mahogany. The problem though is in order to have a big enough piece for a guitar body it will take several pieces to make the blank. I know there are plenty of guitars made with 2 or 3 boards glued side by side so that’s not really my concern. What I am concerned about is having to use multiple boards to gain the proper thickness. Like 3 boards side by side with 2 or 3 more side by side glued on top of the first set or 3 boards. 
Is there a problem with making body blanks like that?

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It's not ideal - but you can in fact join as many pieces as you like, or need.

Few guitar bodies are 1 piece as it is:

  • hard to get large enough bits
  • expensive
  • prone to warping

..for these reasons most guitars are 2 pce bodies or even more...

More pieces will likely be more stable - less pieces might look nicer but is also MUCH easier as there is less joining.

Joining two 'plates' to make full thickness would be hard without a 'sander thicknesser' - better to find full thickness pieces unless you are planning to glue on a cap to make up the difference.

If you cannot find full thickness you could just turn them sideways and use more?

That is the beauty of making it yourself - use what you have, or can get...there is no law about this.




Measure twice, cut once...

@markbailey thanks Mark, appreciate the help.