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Tej
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07/04/2021 5:11 pm  

Hi everyone, I stumbled across this fantastic site while looking for info around guitar building advice. After finishing and constructing a cheap kit guitar and being pleased with the results I’ve decided doing everything “properly” will be far more rewarding and will definitely help justify improving my tool kit too 😉 So here I am to learn and hopefully avoid many a costly mistake!

…on an elaborate journey to turn trees into music.


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Russ
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07/04/2021 5:18 pm  

Welcome @tej. I'm sure you'll have some fun on this forum and building your guitars. 

Cheers,

Russ

🙏🎸🙂🎶

🗝️ "Life's what you make it"🗝️


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07/04/2021 6:53 pm  

So here I am to learn and hopefully avoid many a costly mistake!

@tej Hey man, welcome to the forum and get ready to learn some guitar building tricks. You should also get ready to make lots of mistakes, we all do. Being here you will find help when those mistakes occur and you can’t figure out a fix yourself. I would advise starting at the beginning with Mark Bailey’s “Build your own guitar course”. If you do the course from start to finish without skipping ahead, you will learn how to make a guitar the right way. Most of us here have done a course and we talk here in the forum to discuss the trials and tribulations of our ongoing guitar building projects, we are always building something. Once you have built one, you will more than likely catch the bug and be here for ever building guitars. 

Enjoy. 👍

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tv1
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07/04/2021 7:10 pm  

Welcome from me too @Tej

Kit guitars are the gateway drug into guitar building 😉  but you can learn a lot putting one of those together - often how not to build the parts if you want them to fit together properly!

What are you thinking of *making* for your first guitar?

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07/04/2021 8:12 pm  

Welcome @tej! You’ll have fun here for sure, especially if you have a good sense of humor (see how I spelled that "properly" @boo?) cause there are some real jokers around here...

Pratice on scrap...


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07/04/2021 8:15 pm  

@tej

Welcome to the mad house, insanity rules so let it rip

Don’t call us we’ll call you


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Tej
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07/04/2021 8:38 pm  

I would advise starting at the beginning with Mark Bailey’s “Build your own guitar course”

@boo There was a design course I'd read it'd be best to look at before that, unles it's part of the same thing? At the moment I'm just going through the list of tools to see what I'm missing, there was a PDF resource with a list (one detailed one less so) I've most of the tools I'd need already except those for making a fret board, looks to be a jig or two to manufacture to get on top of that one too 🙂 As for the making mistakes I mentioned, happy to make them just need to ensure they don't cost too much money. One thing looking at the tools list you might be able to advise on the list stated a 11mm straight cutter for routing the truss rod channel, this seems really wide to me, only truss rods I've seen have been circa 6mm and fitted tightly into the neck?

…on an elaborate journey to turn trees into music.


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07/04/2021 8:39 pm  

Hi and welcome @tej

i’m sure you will enjoy..

I have too many guitars...said no one in the world..ever!


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Tej
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07/04/2021 8:52 pm  

What are you thinking of *making* for your first guitar?

@tv101 Now that's a question, I'm truthfully not sure, ideally I'd like to make an instrument that I never want to part with but also would like to make something I don't have such as a 7 string. My current plan is to sign up for membership to access the courses and go through the designing one as I expect that force me to think about what I'd really be happy with. From what I've read so far these forums don't seem full of the normal infuriatingly arrogant opinionated sorts I've encountered elsewhere which is very refreshing, so all in all my hopes are high that guidance and support will be backed with common sense, probably 😉

…on an elaborate journey to turn trees into music.


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07/04/2021 9:14 pm  

Let's be real for a moment here ...

 

... you're going to make a lot more than one guitar, so I'd plan for this being a journey.  

😀

Each guitar you make, you'll learn some new skills and each guitar you make will be "better" in some way than the previous ones because of those new skills.  You'll set the bar higher each time and take on more complicated designs.

 

So, don't aim to do everything on the first build.  Get comfortable with some of the basics (make a good neck, get the fretting right, etc).  

Leave the 7-string, fanned-fret hollow body for the second build ....

 

Whatever you do, enjoy the journey.

😉

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07/04/2021 9:39 pm  

You’ll have fun here for sure, especially if you have a good sense of humor (see how I spelled that "properly" @boo?) cause there are some real jokers around here...

@mattbeels No, I’m not biting....... I don’t care...... It’s not my fault the you weren’t taught the English language properly...... No, stop it, I’m not biting, I’m just not. 😆

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07/04/2021 9:58 pm  

Let's be real for a moment here ...

 

... you're going to make a lot more than one guitar, so I'd plan for this being a journey.  

😀

Each guitar you make, you'll learn some new skills and each guitar you make will be "better" in some way than the previous ones because of those new skills.  You'll set the bar higher each time and take on more complicated designs.

 

So, don't aim to do everything on the first build.  Get comfortable with some of the basics (make a good neck, get the fretting right, etc).  

Leave the 7-string, fanned-fret hollow body for the second build ....

 

Whatever you do, enjoy the journey.

@tej Yep, everything @tv101 said. 🙄☝️

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07/04/2021 10:04 pm  

From what I've read so far these forums don't seem full of the normal infuriatingly arrogant opinionated sorts I've encountered elsewhere which is very refreshing, so all in all my hopes are high that guidance and support will be backed with common sense, probably 😉

@tej We get a little bit jokey from time to time here but we do offer each other good help and advice with no arrogance or rudeness. We won’t tolerate it, it’s a great community here, we offer friendship not antagonism. We stick to the forum rules and respect each other but do like a sense of “humour” @mattbeels 

 

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Tej
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07/04/2021 10:13 pm  

Let's be real for a moment here ...

 

... you're going to make a lot more than one guitar, so I'd plan for this being a journey.

Ok, you got me, clearly one won’t suffice. I’ve committed to my self it’ll probably possibly perhaps be less than at least some 😬

…on an elaborate journey to turn trees into music.


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07/04/2021 10:39 pm  

Ok, you got me, clearly one won’t suffice. I’ve committed to my self it’ll probably possibly perhaps be less than at least some 😬

@tej Good man. 🤘😁🎸

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