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post Mar 16 2009, 12:49 AM
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Just wondering whether any one here takes their love of guitars to the point of making their own?
A few years ago a got a bit fed up with my lack of progress on playing the guitar so I thought I'd take a break and try making my own guitars.
Below is the first guitar I ever made:
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post Mar 16 2009, 12:52 AM
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Sweet man I'm building my own guitar just like that right now, just ran into some money issuses so it had to be postponed, but looks much better than mine haha.


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post Mar 16 2009, 12:55 AM
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Nice work!!! Did you buy the neck or did you actually carve that inlay?


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post Mar 16 2009, 12:57 AM
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Dear God Artemus, That is sexy.


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post Mar 16 2009, 01:03 AM
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Cheers smile.gif
Nope I did the inlay - it took 3 months !!!
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post Mar 16 2009, 01:21 AM
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Love the color and guitar purple is my favorite!


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post Mar 16 2009, 01:53 PM
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Guitar looks very interesting !! smile.gif Inlay is very well done! smile.gif Got any soundclips of it ? smile.gif

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post Mar 16 2009, 01:55 PM
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The shape looks a bit strange but I like it smile.gif That pattern on the neck is cool. Post some clips I'd like to hear the sound


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post Mar 16 2009, 02:20 PM
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Wow!
Your guitar looks beautiful man!!!


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post Mar 16 2009, 03:33 PM
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I did the EVH one last year who hasnt!! lol, yours is a much better effort I should have took my time with it
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post Mar 16 2009, 03:38 PM
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Wow, inspires me to make my own as well biggrin.gif
I will as soon as I have time/money ^^


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post Mar 16 2009, 03:39 PM
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I have built a few Guitars, but not for a while now! I built a few whilst at College. My first was an Explorer with a Holographic front followed by an Iceman. I have to admit that I bought the necks though!!! These days I'm more of a 'Guitar Assembler', I buy in all the parts and just do the Finish and put them together!


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post Mar 16 2009, 03:43 PM
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QUOTE (Sensible Jones @ Mar 16 2009, 03:39 PM) *
I have built a few Guitars, but not for a while now! I built a few whilst at College. My first was an Explorer with a Holographic front followed by an Iceman. I have to admit that I bought the necks though!!! These days I'm more of a 'Guitar Assembler', I buy in all the parts and just do the Finish and put them together!

I'm curious, is that cheaper then buying a whole guitar?


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post Mar 16 2009, 04:38 PM
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QUOTE (Canis @ Mar 16 2009, 02:43 PM) *
I'm curious, is that cheaper then buying a whole guitar?


Short answer: No

If you already have all the equipment and setup then in theory you could build something a bit cheaper than what they have on shelf but in honesty the main reasons for building your own custom are to have exactly what you want in a guitar - something more personal than anything you can buy. Big brand guitars are built on a production line which will reduce costs down to the point where you can't compete. If you do start a project and you're anything like me you'll be more interested in getting the best quality woods etc. so it ends up becoming quite an expensive adventure. And I made mistakes, which also cost additional money

Is it worth it? Hell yeah!


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post Mar 16 2009, 05:20 PM
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Sweet looking axe! Wonder how it sounds rolleyes.gif

Another question though: if I only want to assemble a guitar from parts (assume that I can get all pickups, bridge, tuning machines and that stuff at a moderate price at where I'm living) would it be cheaper? Or would the prices of the parts add up to the price of a ready made guitar? I'm thinking about original floyd rose tremolo, seymour duncan humbuckers... and a natural body (i would do the finish)


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post Mar 16 2009, 06:04 PM
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QUOTE (berko @ Mar 16 2009, 05:20 PM) *
... question though: if I only want to assemble a guitar from parts (assume that I can get all pickups, bridge, tuning machines and that stuff at a moderate price at where I'm living) would it be cheaper? Or would the prices of the parts add up to the price of a ready made guitar? I'm thinking about original floyd rose tremolo, seymour duncan humbuckers... and a natural body (i would do the finish)


Afraid the answer most probably depends on the actual ready made guitar that you compared it to Berko and the premium placed on the brand over and above cost of labour and parts.

One thing to note though is that the big volume manufacturers like Fender, Gibson, Ibanez etc will get a hefty discount on any parts they buy in. Small luthiers may buy wholesale/from source but wouldn't get anything like the same volume discount. A private individual would almost certainly buy parts from a parts seller so would pay pretty much the full list price.

The upside of putting your own guitar together is perhaps not the price but the enjoyment of doing it and also being able to specify everything about it.


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post Mar 16 2009, 11:20 PM
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Artemus, that guitar looks AWESOME! Love the inlay-work smile.gif


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post Mar 17 2009, 01:02 AM
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Wow man, you did all that by yourself?

That must be a looot of work.

Congrats, that guitar is beautiful!

When you can please post some audio samples biggrin.gif


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post Mar 17 2009, 12:45 PM
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QUOTE (Bondy @ Mar 16 2009, 02:33 PM) *
I did the EVH one last year who hasnt!! lol, yours is a much better effort I should have took my time with it


Nice man! Looks lovely smile.gif

Sensible Jones: any chance of some pics? I'd like to see the holographic one as I started a similar project a while ago.

To all: thanks for the compliments. Unfortunately I had to move house twice last year and in the process the guitar in the picture sustained some hefty trem damage so until I fix it I can't get any samples up, but I will do as soon as I nurse it back to health. I remember having a lovely sustain thanks to the padauk body - it's darn heavy though..


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post Mar 17 2009, 11:31 PM
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QUOTE (Artemus @ Mar 17 2009, 11:45 AM) *
Sensible Jones: any chance of some pics? I'd like to see the holographic one as I started a similar project a while ago.

There will be some Pics!!! I'm just waiting until my new PC is up and running and then I have a pic I can Scan and Post!!!


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