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  • Building an Electric Guitar

    Greetings. I'm not new here but I recently re-branded my hobby business so I opened a new account to reflect that.

    Anyway, I've got a cool project on the go so I thought I would start a build thread for it. It's a Tele style electric guitar. The body is Alder with a Rosewood cap. The Rosewood has a band of sapwood running through the middle. The neck is Peruvian Walnut with a Wenge fretboard. The headplate is also rosewood, to extend the look of the body to the headstock.

    The Rosewood is from an acoustic back and side set that got damaged. It was no longer usable for an acoustic, bit it was good enough for a cap on a solid body guitar.

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    Re: Building an Electric Guitar

    Once the Rosewood cap was glued together I ran it through the thickness sander before gluing it to the Alder body.

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      And once I cut out the shape of the headstock, I did the same with the Rosewood headplate.

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        Unfortunately I did not take pictures of every step in the project so the recess for the binding, the truss rod channel and the neck pocket mysteriously got routed somewhere along the way.

        Here is what we have at this point...

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          Re: Building an Electric Guitar

          Thats really cool, electric guitars look to be much simpler than acoustic with its solid body.
          is there any significance to the body shape other than appearance?
          my shop is a beaver lodge
          steve, sarnia, ont




          1940's Craftmaster Lathe

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            Re: Building an Electric Guitar

            Interesting variation on the theme with the 3 + 3 tuners and angled headstock. Looks like you have the binding channel on the body done too. Looking forward to how this one comes along.
            More stuff of mine at:
            http://watertoneworkshop.blogspot.ca/

            My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5...xPoVDV61AxUdUA

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              Re: Building an Electric Guitar

              Originally posted by stevem View Post
              Thats really cool, electric guitars look to be much simpler than acoustic with its solid body.
              is there any significance to the body shape other than appearance?
              The body is copied from a Fender Telecaster. The headstock is my own design.

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                Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                Super cool! I'm playing a gig tonight and trying to decide if I should take my tele or not.....maybe after reading this I will!

                Thanks for the thread, I hope to build guitars when I grow up.

                Nathan on this forum is doing a lot of work with guitars these days and will probably chime in.

                Cheers,

                B
                Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

                http://www.youtube.com/c/DovetailTimberworks

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                  Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                  Other than flex affecting string tension does the material chosen have any effect on the sound of an electric guitar?
                  Rob

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                    Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                    That is a religious question, Rob :-)

                    The density of the materials certainly affects how long notes can sustain. But as to whether choice of wood affects the tone of an electric guitar - some people believe it to be true and some don't.

                    IMO, choice of pickups has a much, much larger effect on the sound of an electric guitar than anything else.
                    Mark Kornell, Kornell Wood Design

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                      Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                      Originally posted by iamtooler View Post
                      Other than flex affecting string tension does the material chosen have any effect on the sound of an electric guitar?
                      Rob
                      It's like asking in a group of woodworkers if you cut the tails first or the pins first.....
                      Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

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                        Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                        The top wood on an acoustic guitar plays a big part in the sound of a guitar. But for the back and sides, the neck and fretboard, or any part of an electric guitar, the wood makes very little difference. Maybe your dog could hear the difference... ;)

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                          Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                          Hi John,

                          Are you buying the fretboard or making it yourself?

                          B
                          Proud member of the Wadkin Blockhead Club.

                          http://www.youtube.com/c/DovetailTimberworks

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                            Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                            Originally posted by timberframe View Post
                            Hi John,

                            Are you buying the fretboard or making it yourself?

                            B
                            I've made it myself.

                            I have a small dedicated table saw with a special blade that I do all my fret slotting with. I made a sled and use a cutting template from Stew-Mac.

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                              Re: Building an Electric Guitar

                              I laminated a layer of birch veneer between the neck headtock and the headplate to break up the 2 layers of dark wood.

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                              Then I thinned the headstock to almost proper thickness...

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                              And then finished it in the spindle sander, which also starts the shaping of the volute.

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