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I’m over the moon to have just completed my first build.

I started playing about 18 months ago and have enjoyed woodworking for some time so thought a build was a natural thing to try.

I’m very grateful for the course and kit which helped remove many of the barriers to getting this first build under my belt.

I really enjoyed learning with @markbailey and his style made any challenges along the way easier to roll with.

Here’s the finished article and I’m very much looking forward to the next one!

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@abbbbbottttt. looks fantastic. Well done. 🙂


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Excellent job @abbbbbottttt. Onward and Upward. 

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Posted by: @abbbbbottttt

Here’s the finished article and I’m very much looking forward to the next one!

@abbbbbottttt Well done sir! It’s such a good feeling isn’t it? That feeling gets better and better the more you build. It’s like a drug without it damaging your health, although it can be expensive. 

Welcome to the club. 

What you got planned next? 

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@boo Thank you! I’m definitely getting the sense it’ll be the first of many.

It’s funny because some of the most enjoyable parts were the bits that didn’t quite go right. Not that anyone would likely notice but there’s something very nice about dealing with that and chalking it up to experience for the next build.

I’m not sure what’s going to be next on the bench… Got some cabinets to finish for in the house first!

Any recommendations for a second build? I feel like I should maybe try a bolt on neck too? Maybe a carved top?


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It’s funny because some of the most enjoyable parts were the bits that didn’t quite go right. 

Any recommendations for a second build? I feel like I should maybe try a bolt on neck too? Maybe a carved top?

@abbbbbottttt   Congratulations on your first build. Sounds like you enjoy the challenges. Try a carved top or maybe a semi hollow. I found it quite rewarding to go from the "I'll never be able to do that" stage, to "well that turned out not too bad".


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Posted by: @abbbbbottttt

Any recommendations for a second build? I feel like I should maybe try a bolt on neck too? Maybe a carved top?

@abbbbbottttt For my second build, I did a bolt-on, a nice Tele project. They are quite easy to do but are different enough to give you some new challenges. I have made a few now, mainly “Barncasters”, using old woods from pallets etc.  You can make a basic one or get creative and customise them as much as you want and they are much cheaper to make. So long as you can get your body blank flat and ready to work on and buying a decent neck blank, the only limit is your imagination. Neck blanks for bolt-on builds are thinner and cheaper to buy, there is much less waste too. As you are used to working with wood, you could easily laminate several pieces of wood together for a body blank, run it through a planer and you are good to go. I’ve used pine, redwood, poplar and all kinds of pallet wood etc and made some great little Tele Barncasters for friends and family. The only cost is your time and the hardware. They are lots of fun and a real skill and confidence builder. 
I’ll find some examples of mine to look at. 👍

A carve top is another different ball game, I still haven’t made one yet but it’s coming. I would save that for a later date, in my opinion, but it’s up to you. If you have the skills and the confidence, go for it. 

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Posted by: @robin

Try a carved top or maybe a semi hollow. I found it quite rewarding to go from the "I'll never be able to do that" stage, to "well that turned out not too bad".

@robin Yep, this is definitely one of my next challenges, it’s time. 👍

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Posted by: @abbbbbottttt

I feel like I should maybe try a bolt on neck too?

@abbbbbottttt Here is a Barncaster build of mine from a pallet. 

https://guitarmaking.co.uk/community/showcase-electric/barncaster-kills-cancer/  

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@abbbbbottttt Here is another one. 

https://guitarmaking.co.uk/community/showcase-electric/barncaster-left-handed-with-epoxy-resin/  

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@abbbbbottttt And another one…… 👍 

https://guitarmaking.co.uk/community/showcase-electric/barncaster-shou-sugi-ban-charred/#post-5924

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@abbbbbottttt This Tele is not a Barncaster, I used expensive woods for this one. 

Sorry to bombard you with all of this but I definitely recommend doing a Tele for your first bolt-on build. 

https://guitarmaking.co.uk/community/showcase-electric/spalted-telecaster-bolt-on-neck/#post-38

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@abbbbbottttt Nice work! Congratulations 🙂


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I found it quite rewarding to go from the "I'll never be able to do that" stage, to "well that turned out not too bad".

Definitely! My wife helped me a lot with the design and drawings and we were both nicely amazed to see a proper guitar emerge.


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Sorry to bombard you with all of this but I definitely recommend doing a Tele for your first bolt-on build.

 

@boo - Not at all! Thanks so much for the food for thought. You have me comprehensively sold on the idea of a Barncaster. I love the idea of getting some more build time under my belt without spending a fortune! 


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Definitely! My wife helped me a lot with the design and drawings and we were both nicely amazed to see a proper guitar emerge.

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Hey Chris, It's great to hear that you're wife is actively involved. My wife is very supportive of my guitar building adventure but not interested in it at all. 🤣 

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I’m over the moon to have just completed my first build.

I started playing about 18 months ago and have enjoyed woodworking for some time so thought a build was a natural thing to try.

I’m very grateful for the course and kit which helped remove many of the barriers to getting this first build under my belt.

I really enjoyed learning with @markbailey and his style made any challenges along the way easier to roll with.

Here’s the finished article and I’m very much looking forward to the next one!

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Very nicely done. Nice design! 


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Great work! Glad you enjoyed the course and it helped you along the way...

Now the hardest thing is choosing what to make next!

Measure twice, cut once...


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Great work! Glad you enjoyed the course and it helped you along the way...

Now the hardest thing is choosing what to make next!

@markbailey - Is there anything I can do for you in terms of review, etc?

And I reckon @boo's got me sorted with ideas for my next build already! 😀


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Posted by: @abbbbbottttt

@markbailey - Is there anything I can do for you in terms of review, etc?

YES!! The best thing would be to make some kind of video review. You can send it to us or post it to youtube or anywhere you like and put a link in with your review here:

https://guitarmaking.co.uk/community/videoreviews/

Anywhere you can think of to post about it would help us tremendously - even better if you include a link to the site :

guitarmaking.co.uk

The world needs to see your guitar!

Measure twice, cut once...


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