How do I build a nice guitar body blank instead of paying outragous $$$????

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ationgson6 years ago
Here's a link that might help you..
Recycle old furniture, use MDF or laminated plywood with edge banding or a whole heck of alot of fine wood putty. Making guitars with plywood involves a whole lot of elbow grease but the overall cost of laminated ply drastically saves $$$
benthekahn8 years ago
Buy a nice piece of wood then use a router to make the shape.
I am not sure a router would be the safest way to cut out the outside shape--I have always used a bandsaw for the outside shape and rout the edges later if need be. jmho
neilmac8 years ago
Truth is you can use any wood! Danelectro's were made of pine for the neck and particleboard bodies
landmanhall8 years ago
Some guitar bodies are "bookmatched" or made from two pieces of wood glued in the center. A piece of good wood in one piece may be pretty expensive itself, if you can find it. Also try making a test body out of cheaper wood to know what your up against. Dont forget to post the instructable!
rbb555 (author)  landmanhall8 years ago
my dad is a wood worker so he has about 30k of wood in his shop so thats not a problem, i wonder if routig them togather would work? or dovetailing them....
The only problem with dovetails is that the grain may run in the weakest direction if your not careful but man that would be nice! A glue joint in the center of two well jointed pieces of wood is very strong but decorative dovetails would be unique and I'd love to see an Instructable on it. Biscuits or dowels would strengthen the joint too. You could use contrasting types of wood too but I dont know which woods are "tonewoods" or if would even make a big difference with an electric. I just think making your own guitar body would be something to be proud of no matter what. A dovetail inline with the neck would follow the grain and be very strong but you would only see it on the end. I've wanted to make a Les Paul copy for years but my ex-wife's new husband has all my tools.
there's really no need to use fancy joinery on an electric guitar body. As long as all glue joints run parallel to the neck, you won't need a stronger glue joint.
I agree that fancy joinery isnt nessesary, in fact I dont recall ever seeing a guitar body that wasnt simply glued. But even fake dovetails or other joinery would look nice. (Veneer or the like). But I think on your first body you should keep it simple. Personaly, a book matched maple Les Paul does it for me. No dovetail just jointed wood with a nice see through finish.
I'm assuming this is an electric guitar. If you wanted a nice looking wood grain pattern without shelling out for really expensive wood (and believe me, they are really pricey) try laminating together some pieces, then finding a nice veneer and gluing that over the top. what you'll lose is a little bit of sustain because the sound has to pass through so many different types of material, but you'll save a ton of money.
rbb555 (author)  bolognaonawall8 years ago
my dad is a cabinet maker, and has thousands of dollars worth of wood, he told me he has a nice piece of mahogany for me, I'm going to pick it up today!!