First guitar build. Maple/padauk body. Canarywood neck.

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Project by baileyroche posted 09-29-2018 02:31 PM 1096 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m addicted. This was my most fun woodworking project to date!

The body is maple/padauk. I love the two-tone body, but it was tough to keep the padauk dust out of the maple pores!

Neck is canarywood, has a little red running through it to go with the padauk. Headstock has a paduak ‘B’ inlay for my name.

Fingerboard is rosewood. I did the inlays myself, mother of pearl.

Custom back plate out of padauk. This was an afterthought, but actually really pleased with it instead of using a stock plastic plate.

It plays and sounds great. I’m getting a little fret-buzz on a couple of frets, but otherwise, not too shabby for my first try!

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#1 posted 09-29-2018 09:00 PM

I can see why you are addicted! Beautiful job on this one!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl,

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-29-2018 11:33 PM

WOW squared!!!!!!!!! That is a beautiful guitar!!!!!!!!! Excellent work on it!!

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 10-01-2018 10:24 PM

Where you have Buzz – Your steel Frets are too high to the strings. Measure the fret top to rosewood and write it down. Measure them all and map it. The ones that buzz are too high and you can simply file them down a few .001 (thousands) at a time. Just use a set of calipers to check the depth. This will fine tune your new Guitar and be buzz free. By the way I love your guitar. I love padauk a lot. I bet it does sound great. Enjoy your beautiful work.

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#4 posted 10-01-2018 11:13 PM

Here is one of the ones that I made that I was proud of. The other 2 were practice flat black guitars. Worked well but were just flat black and not more. This is why I know that you just file down the frets that are too high. You can always raise the strings away from the frets but then the action becomes harder because the strings are too far away from the lower frets.

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