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29 Jun 2007
Hey all.

I thought I would share you my home built guitar. Made back about 1990.

I come from a family of do it yourselfers and I was playing the guitar quiet a bit but the really super nice guitars were around $3000 to $4000 NZ dollars.

We decided to make one ourselves.

Using guitar making books and looking at theories of design etc we came up with this creation.

It as shown is the latest photo and it has gone through some different guises.

When it first was made it was painted black, with Gold plated brass accessories. since then i have sanded it slimmer and painted it red with chrome accessories (but as you see i haven't finished it off)

The wood is African Mahogany and is very solid. We chose a wood that was dense as thats what the theory was. More dense wood = Better sound.

The pickups are EMG 86 and 81 both active pickups with huge grunt.

The guitar is 2 piece with the same wood in the neck. A motor bike wheel maker made us a 'trus rod' to tention the neck and the fretboard was made from (i forget the name) that they use to make ball bearings out of. As the theory was you wanted a super hard wood for the fretboard to stop wearing out!

The inlay pattern i just made up and we used IVORY! that I found on an old abandoned piano in an abandoned house. If you didn't know the old pianos had Ivory overlaying the keys. So i grabbed enough for guitar. The black is ebony. 24 frets.

The guitar sounds great and is very solid. The only mistake that I did was that I miss measured the total bridge length and made a neck that is 25 3/4 inch long! so it has a bit extra spacing than most guitars! I can remember sitting down as a kid and going through all the maths to get the spacing of the frets right!

The design is out of a Jackson catalogue that I had, and was called 'Death Angel' I copied it best that I could from small picture to big template and my father cut it out.

We were told that we were crazy and could never make our own guitar, but it goes to show with the right commitment that you can. Plus, all the best guitars are hand made anyhow huh!

something different and unique!

New Zealand
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29 Jun 2007
Hey howz it going.

I'm a 30 year old male from New Zealand and have been playing guitar since I was 11. I played with a band when I was 14 years old in pubs. when i hit 16 i got distracted by girls! and didn't play as hard as I use to.

I still have my own hand built electric guitar (must get a picture up to show you)
Me and my dad made it when I was about 14. And we did a very impressive job. I'm into Metal and the guitar shows it in its styling. Made from African mahogany the guitar is super solid and has EMG active pickups which sound super strong.

My current gear is Marshall TSL 100 head with a JCM Slash signature Quad and also have a Boss DD-20 Delay pedal with huge array of delay effects, but I hardly use it!

I don't play covers much anymore instead I love to bang out some heavy random (but good) tunes and have been trying to get back into solid guitar playing the last few years, I became good at the guitar but never became superman so to speak.

I have been looking for that tutor that might be able to step me towards my dream goal. AND FINALLY! I came across GMC and i am very impressed. It has the video which i need and the notes are there in TAB ready to read. And i love the slow part so you can make sure your doing it right. Also being able to look at the finger positions to make sure you have the right finger in play.

Its like having your own private tutor 24 hours! at your call!

I'm looking forward to truly shredding my guitar and laying some tracks down for ya all.

Thankyou for giving me my chance to complete those guitar dreams I have always had.

The tutors here impress me!

practice makes perfect!


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