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Offline pat2010

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« on: November 21, 2010, 11:48:03 AM »
i want to make my own guitar body. this will be my first time. can i make it out of ply-wood? will it throw off the tone and what ever? i will have to get 7/8 ply and glue 2 pieces to make it 1 3/4.. any thoughts post em.... thanks
 

Offline Quinn Spalpeen

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« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2010, 06:18:35 PM »

Might I ask why you would choose plywood? (Actually two pieces of 7/8 plywood will only be 1 7/16) Digital Piano
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« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2010, 07:10:18 PM »
Hey Pat, welcome to the forum. Do some research bro, there is a lot of free info out there about the right woods and where to get them.
You can buy the rigt woods pretty cheap on some sites...I suggest you buy a guitar kit and start there, you can get them pretty cheap with the instructions on how to. They are not great but  my friends have made them, and now they are making guitars fr scratch.
good luck, and please let us know how you do.
Cheers
Magoo
 

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« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2010, 07:22:29 PM »
dont want to spend money on solid wood for my first time. i know im going to screw up some where .
 

Offline Quinn Spalpeen

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« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2010, 07:42:54 PM »
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Originally posted by pat2010

dont want to spend money on solid wood for my first time. i know im going to screw up some where .



I thought you asked about throwing off the tone?  So if it's actually something you know you're going to screw up, throwing of the tone is moot,,, and if that's the case then I would consider Styrofoam.  Or maybe a cigar box,,, google cigar box guitars and you will find hundreds of pages to keep you busy.

By the time you buy a good plywood and the epoxy (necessary because you have to make the two pieces into a single piece and I do mean ONE single piece.) to glue it together you'll spend more than you would on a nice piece of mahogany or maple or ????

Oops, the dryer's done, got to go do something interesting....



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Offline Rocket

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« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2010, 07:48:16 PM »
Building a guitar, and even a kit guitar, requires a plethora of task specific, (and unusually expensive,) tools, clamps, glues, and additional materials.
Google it... (and good luck with it all.)

Offline pat2010

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« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2010, 07:58:51 PM »
i work in a small cabinet shop so i have some tools to work with. thats why im going to try building one.
 

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« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2010, 11:46:47 PM »
I find sites like this helpful.http://www.lmii.com/Default.asp
I think you can still get some solid woods pretty cheap, maybe low grade but still good to start with.

Just check out the managers specials on the right ...pretty cheap wood there.

« Last Edit: November 21, 2010, 11:49:08 PM by magoo99 »
 

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« Reply #8 on: November 23, 2010, 08:25:21 PM »
In a solid wood body does the tone of the wood really matter? LOL Consider the Steel Guitar - no wood, great tone. Lots of inexpensive guitars were made out of plywood in the 60's and 70's. Dan Electro for one.
 

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« Reply #9 on: November 24, 2010, 02:35:31 PM »
In a solid wood body does the tone of the wood really matter?

I think it do, at least the top, I'm not really sold on the back and sides, but i think a solid top make a big difference.
I do have to agree that there are some great sounding plywood guitars out there, my bro has a tak and its all ply ..plugged and unpluged  it sounds great..but it still cost him $400, so I think i would of went with a solid top for that price.

I think the solid vs ply will be asked many more time..I guess it what you like.

 If I was to build a guitar I would go with a solid top, for me It would be alot more satisfying after it was built.
 

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« Reply #10 on: November 24, 2010, 03:52:29 PM »
quote:
Originally posted by magoo99

In a solid wood body does the tone of the wood really matter?




Hey Magoo, how you been buddy?  Just wanted to wish you a Thankful Thanksgiving.  If you are like me, you have more things to be Thankful for than you deserve.

By the By:  I think he is talking about a solid body electric, hence the glue two pieces of 7/8 plywood together to get 1 3/4 (1 1 7/16 really) thick body. Digital Piano
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« Reply #11 on: November 24, 2010, 07:53:28 PM »
yea ,i was talking about electric guitar. i will not try to build classical guitar, too labor intensive 4 me.
 

Offline magoo99

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« Reply #12 on: November 24, 2010, 08:35:54 PM »
thanks Quinn, We had our thanksgiving here in Canada in OCT..but thanks I do have lots to be thankful for and I am.

Oh Electric..different...I know nothing about it....LOL
But pat hope you let us see pic and fill us in on what you do.
good luck bro.
 

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« Reply #13 on: November 25, 2010, 08:42:34 PM »
I would most likely start with a couple of 2x8 pine boards. Same as Leo Fender used in his first Broadcasters. Ply gets heavy real quick and is not a good tone wood. Ping is a pretty good tone wood.
 

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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2011, 03:31:30 PM »
I know for a fact that one can get enough solid mahogany or ash to build at least one guitar for $30 or less. If you have any experience in building cabinet doors, you already have all the skills and all of the tools to build a solid wood body to a higher standard than 80% of the guitars produced in asia. Read up on the necessary jigs and patterns, for placing your pickup routes and neck pocket. Most of the specialty tools only come in to play when you get to building the neck, nut, and fretboard... Check out Stewart MacDonald or LMI for almost anything you'll need.

Best of luck :)