Guitar Build #1: Hooligan Guitar Build Day's 1 and 2

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Blog entry by rcflyer23 posted 05-14-2010 03:00 PM 1409 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have decided to build my own guitar. It’s something I have wanted to do for a long time and I hope to eventually turn it into a FT hobby someday.. So I finally took that first step this week.

I got plans from Chris over at he draws up some really good plans.

The body is going to be a 2 piece Solid Mahogany body.

I started by cutting the two sides to length about 19” for this guitar so that I had a little extra to play with.

Glue Up

Guitar body glued up and pattern attached to the top

Cutting big chunks off to make it easier to cut the curves with my cheap little band saw.

Finally got it all rough cut now off to the spindle sander

After probably 20 or 30 mins at the spindle sander

I spent probably another 15 mins hand sanding the sides and scraping them. I probably have another 20 mins worth to do before I am happy.

That’s all I have been able to get done so far. I am hoping over the weekend I can get the neck started.

The neck will be made from Hard Maple and glued up from 4 or 5 separate neck profiles to get the total thickness I am looking for.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#1 posted 05-14-2010 03:19 PM

Looks interesting keep up the good work. I built a dulcimer once but never learned to play it.

-- Swede -- time to make some sawdust

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#2 posted 05-14-2010 03:26 PM

Nice, I’m going to have to check out that site for plans.

-- Doug...

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#3 posted 05-14-2010 03:36 PM

good start but why h maple for the neck I thought les pauls had mahagony necks?

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#4 posted 05-14-2010 03:51 PM

Good luck with the guitar. You will have a lot of fun doing it.

Thanks for sharing


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#5 posted 05-14-2010 03:53 PM

Skeeter some of them did some of the don’t. I wanted some color contrast for one and it’s a nice hard dense wood that shouldn’t move a whole heck of a lot and should stand up to playing. That and I liked the way it looked. :)

Les Pauls have mahogany bodies for the most part as does this one so I should get a similar tone. One thing I didn’t mention in this is that this guitar is going to be a single P90 pickup maybe 2 depending on how brave I get.

CampD: Chris has some mild to wilde plans on his site. He has 2 or 3 more that I want to get and build.

Swede: thanks. I’d like to build a dulcimer one day. I want to eventually get into acoustic guitars as well.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#6 posted 05-14-2010 04:59 PM

Thanks Kent. Just the little bit that I have done has been a blast. I have built furniture and other stuff but this is different a different feeling.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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#7 posted 05-14-2010 05:03 PM

thats cool. is it going to be a curly top? I like the oraginality with the single coils. Cool. I always wanted one that looked like butterscotch on the top. If you know what i mean. Have you ever done a sunburst? They have some videos on you tube about them.

-- My philosophy: Somewhere between Norm and Roy

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#8 posted 05-14-2010 05:07 PM

This one is just going to be plain and probably be painted black or some other color. I haven’t totally decided. I didn’t want to do a nice curly top with this being my first one and run the risk of royally screwing it up. However I have a second one that I am already planning that will be a real nice curly top or a burl. That one is going to be more of a PRS style. I will probably build a second one like this that is a little more extravagant.

I have not done a sunburst I have played around with the technique but will eventually do that on future guitars.

-- Kevin, Davidson, NC

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