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Step 7: Neck, 1.02 carving the back.

Did I mention the neck was going to be a long drawn out process? At this point I will demonstrate how I carved the back of the neck. Using rasps, files, spoke shaves and sand paper work the neck to the shape you like. I am shooting for a cross between a Fender and Gibson profile, a flattened "C" shape in cross section.
the Bo Diddley inspired guit is super sweet. Beautiful! did you estimate the dimensions or did you find them elsewhere? I'm looking for a plan to build with my son and the Bo style is perfect. thanks for the instructibles they are great!
<p>Gosh, it's been a while since I built that one and have long since sold it. Thank you BTW for the compliment. As far as I can remember I just eye-balled the dimensions. But if you go to the Gretsch web site I bet you could get the dimensions.</p>
Where did you get all the supplies?
thanks for your instructable! It have me the final push to start making my own guitar, and 6 months later here it is!
<p>That looks fantastic! Glad I could give you the push you needed. I love the look.</p>
<p>I have to ask - if you are going to the trouble of DIY, why not build a full neck through body build rather than bolt in?</p>
<p>I'm not the OP, but the reasons why somebody wouldn't make a neck-through or a set-neck (aka glue-in):</p><p>1) With a Neck-Through, if you mess-up the body or the neck, you mess-up both. This way, you can re-make either independently. This is especially true for a first time builder.</p><p>2) The builder may prefer the &quot;snappy&quot; sound of a well-built bolt-on.</p><p>3) Bolt-ons only have a reputation of being inferior to neck-through because of the number of poorly made, cheaply made, bolt-ons. A properly made-bolt-on will only have one disadvantage over a properly made neck-through (and to a less degree a set-neck): you can't contour the heel in a bolt-on.</p><p>There are plenty of high-end custom builders that make bolt-ons, because their customers prefer it.</p>
<p>Well said. </p>
<p>That is an AMAZING project, well done! </p>
here's something that bugs me (i know, i'm getting ridiculous). how do you know the proper distances to space the frets?
<p>You choose the spacing but you could research normal spacing of guitars from professional manafacutrers like ibanez or fender</p>
http://www.sirgalahad.org/paul/fretcalc.html<br>This is the only thing you need now. Just plug in your numbers and Bob's your uncle.
<p>Can you use any type of wood for the body or will it mess up the sound?</p>
<p>Mahogany,Alder and Bass wood are common guitar body materials they have to be a relatively hard wood to get the best quality sound from your guitar,yet there are some really good sounding guitars made of ply as shown above so for your first one use some pine since it isn't expensive and it wont matter if you mess up,also it could sound good im not sure how pine sounds but would be good to get the technique down.</p>
Another question. Can you use birch for the neck?
I don't see why not, provided it has been well dried. I know that yellow birch and maple are about equal in density. Good luck on your build.
<p>could you also make the base and the neck out of teak if you wanted to or would that ruin the sound?</p>
<p>What would you say to actually using the Masonite for the body?</p>
Very cool man, great job
How long did it take you? Where did you get all of the supplies and how much did it all cost?
I honestly don't remember how long it took, it was a project that I worked on bit by bit over several months, but I can tell you that I didn't spend more that $150 Canadian dollars, or $150, Australian dollars, or $90 US dollars.
How good does it sound?
Would you do an instructable on a DIY humbucker
Um, no, lol. I haven't the foggiest.
@badideasrus No one mentioned simply because it is not true :-)
Cool I play guitar getting a new one
How'd you know where to put the bridge ?
The bridge is located with your scale length. If you are making a 22 inch scale then the bridge is 22 inches from the nut. You need to measure exactly from where the string leaves the nut to the first point of contact on the bridge.
you are amazing
Would this work with an electric bass ?
I don't see why not? Go for it! <br>
Thank you.
Here are a couple of pics of a guitar I just finished today. The neck and hard ware were salvaged from an Epiphone Special that had the body of an old trollop but a superior neck. The body I styled after the Gretsch Bo Diddley. I used pine with a flame maple top and a little trim of walnut.
Thank you. This instructable has been quite helpful in launching the creation of my own guitar.
When you glued the body planks together, what kind of glue did you use?
I used a good quality carpenter's glue,the yellow type. If you live in Canada you would look for the LePage's brand,if you are in the US look for Tight Bond.
i'm very VERY supriesed that no one has mentioned that bone dust is poisonous and causes cancer.... bone is a great material, but please use caution.
This is fantastic info! Great steps, and it actually solved a few issues I has having with drilling holes and making the neck. Thanks for the share!!
Wonderful Instructable! I am building a American Stratocaster Delux with Walnut. Thanks for the information!.
Do you think it would be possible to make a guitar, using the same process as this, but made of good quality MDF?
Hmmm, certainly not the neck but the body, yes. I don't know how it would resonate though. Try and get some HDF (high density fiber board). Also watch the dust from that stuff, it is very irritating.
I don't think you could use MDF for the neck, but for the body, i don't see why not,
So how ridiculous would it be if I made an electric ukulele?
I actually did a bit of looking into this, determined to make an electric uke without just putting a soundhole pickup or something similar into an acoustic. Based upon what I found, your best bet is to use an electric mandolin (see &quot;Mandobird&quot; for an awesome example of a solidbody, or you could do a scaled-down version of a stratacoustic, if you were more into the hollow-body idea). If you made your body and neck in this size you could harvest parts from a mandolin. For further inspirado, check out ukeleleunderground.com - their forums are full of people who are completely obsessed with all things uke. I'm sure you could get a lot of detail questions answered there. I have this on my long list of things I want to build, where I'm sure it will stay until after I've constructed a home-made Les Paul, rebuilt my Epi acoustic, added a custom tailpiece to my son's half-scale acoustic, and added inlays to my SG. I'll probably get around to making a tele-lele (or should I call it a ukecaster?...) in a few years if I'm lucky.
Not ridiculous at all, major funky for sure, I'm trying to imagine how a uke would sound pushed through a 100 watt Marshal stack with a ton of overdrive. DO IT
I love my acoustic uke but i'd love to experiment with an electric one. Even better, an electric one that I made. I just wish I had more time to put toward this project, not to mention the tools that I don't have. :/
Why not make a piezo pick up, they take about 10 minutes to put together and the parts are easy to get, then just tape it to the body of the uke near the bridge?
I'm really showing my inexperience here. &quot;piezo pick up&quot;?
Are you familiar with those window alarms you can get at the dollar stores?

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