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post Oct 13 2007, 11:27 PM
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Okay guys.. i was on a tear once i heard about Ibanez's 8 string guitars and i was thinking.. maybe i could make my own 8 string. Using premade peices of course. althought i don't neeed another guitar ive always wanted to start making my own so this is my project. Ive scounged up $1000 but am willing to go over a bit. I sorta want this.. King V body.. i have no idea for pickups.. but i was feeling 3 humbuckers smile.gif therefore i want a 5 way switch.. then a very beefy neck and 8 strings so ill have to custom the body a bit to accomidate.. Any ideas guys.. this is just my general idea.. i will settle for less smile.gif


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QUOTE (Smikey2006 @ Oct 14 2007, 12:27 AM) *
Okay guys.. i was on a tear once i heard about Ibanez's 8 string guitars and i was thinking.. maybe i could make my own 8 string. Using premade peices of course. althought i don't neeed another guitar ive always wanted to start making my own so this is my project. Ive scounged up $1000 but am willing to go over a bit. I sorta want this.. King V body.. i have no idea for pickups.. but i was feeling 3 humbuckers smile.gif therefore i want a 5 way switch.. then a very beefy neck and 8 strings so ill have to custom the body a bit to accomidate.. Any ideas guys.. this is just my general idea.. i will settle for less smile.gif

I'm not sure there even exist a 8 string guitar-kit or parts to buy.
Check warmoth.com

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Another way is to build it from scratch. You still have to come up with suitable pu's, nut and a bridge.

And a word of advice. It's not "the more the better" but a quality guitar could come off of concentrating on what's really needed, keeping it simple.
There's been a lots of talk about tone lately and to keep that subject going I have to comment on these guitars that comes loaded with pu's (the more the better huh?). A pu should be placed beneath a string in a harmonic position. That works excellent for the bridge pu, plenty of room there. But another natural harmonic position is exactly where fret 24 is places along the scale. Concidering that a 24 fret neck has already lost that chanse. Then 3 humbuckers between the nut and the bridge, where you'd wante plenty of wood and instead get cavity would/could also be bad for the tone.


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post Oct 14 2007, 07:04 AM
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Uh oh, now MickeM is turning into the Guitar Guy, branching out from amps a little smile.gif


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QUOTE (Andrew Cockburn @ Oct 14 2007, 08:04 AM) *
Uh oh, now MickeM is turning into the Guitar Guy, branching out from amps a little smile.gif

I'm on a never ending thirst for knowledge biggrin.gif
I've got less experience in guitars though, never played too many brands and models... have a lot of catching up to do on the subject wink.gif


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post Oct 14 2007, 09:13 AM
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Heh thanks guys.. building it from scratch is a little scary for me.. i have very limited woodworking knowledge.. and my ability to design something is less than acceptable.. also ive done a bit of reading and apparently spacing the frets is very difficult and prescise work. So im not sure what i would do about it. Id be willing to give it a go if i had the money to screw up.. but i don't soo.. Also the only reason i wanted 3 pickups is because i want to be very loud with this guitar.. it will be very metal smile.gif.. Perhaps building it from scratch would really get me more intuned with the guitar smile.gif Ill keep it as an option as i get more ideas from you guys smile.gif


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Warmoth are good guys, I've used them and they make good parts. The woods are top quality and the finishes are great.

I just did a black korina 1-piece strat with a natural finish and mahogany reverse CBS neck, looks great. I went with twin '57 classic gibson humbuckers and I would definantly recommend them if you want humbuckers, they are, in my opinion, the best there is.

These pickups can do anything from jazz to heavy metal and always sound good. I'm sure if you just want to play jazz or just want blues or rock or whatever you can find a better pickup, but these are really versatile.

Warmoth were very helpful throughout and answered my questions quickly and to the point, I would recommend using them.
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