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DeathCS 2005-08-16 22:42

Ian Guitars (my guitar project)
 
Early this year, I bought various guitar parts off ebay. after buying a body blank I decided to continue to buy parts for a guitar. as a project for me. $20 for the body blank, $20 for the neck (great neck for the price), $25 for the bridge, $15 pickup (pretty good sounding for the price), $20 tuners, and $15 strap lock. The rest of the parts I got from guitars laying around my room.

Since I lacked the proper power tools and skill to do the routing on the body, I contacted the luthier I use to fix my other guitars. He arranged for me to be his 'apprentice'. I worked on this guitar in his shop every wednesday for about 4 weeks. He basically guided me through most of the stuff. I did most of the work on it, just he made sure I was doing it right. I learned a ton of stuff.

This is what it looked like before

The first thing I did was make all the templates for the routing (not really as easy as it sounds). Then I did the beveling. I used a rasp to bevel and a file to smooth it out.
Good view of the bevels (this pic was taken after I did most of the routing)
after doing all the beveling, I started on the routing. I routed out the neck pocket, pickup cavity and the control cavity. Making the templates took longer than the routing did :p
I also drilled a hole from the pickup cavity to the control cavity, a hole from the pickup cavity to the bridge hole (for grounding) and a hole for the output jack.

So after that was all done, I sanded like crazy. 80 grit, 120 grit, 240 grit, 300 grit, 400 grit, then 600 grit. Was smooth as fuck when I was done. it was all ready for the finish. I chose a nice natural finish. Tung oil I believe it was.

After the finish

Now the that the finish was finished, all that was left was assembly and wiring. Bolt the neck back on, screw the pickup in, hammer the bridge posts in, drill the holes for the pots, wiring it all up, and string her up. the neck needed to be shimmed so i went ahead and did that. The action was perfect then. tune it up and rock out.
it plays and sounds great.

me playing it just after completing it.

Me, my guitar and Ted (the luthier)

On the wall

Headstock

laying down

The body

The back

enjoy! :)

Transient 2005-08-16 22:51

i respect the amount of work and planning that took. however the wood looks like a toilet seat and the shapes a bit large

DeathCS 2005-08-16 22:53

those pics really doesnt do the finish justice. looks a lot better in real life. and yes, the body is slightly larger than a standard jackson RR.

OpethFan 2005-08-16 22:54

Fuck yeah that looks cool :beer:

That musta been real fun doin that. I wish i knew a luthier.

HermanRi! 2005-08-16 23:38

its ok, but if it were me doing it, i would use a shape more like this:

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v258/user010101/r.jpg

and i would get a 24 fret neck

and i would paint it

but, i still think it looks okay

lol, btw, this is gonna sounds pretty stupid, but you look a lot different to how i had expected you to looks like :p

philkilla 2005-08-16 23:43

Thats pretty impressive man. If you are skilled at that, you could go to school for it and possibly aspire to become something great!!

IRON FART 2005-08-17 00:03

Haha that's pretty cool seeing as you made it yourself. How does it sound?

DeathCS 2005-08-17 00:10

Quote:
Originally Posted by User01
lol, btw, this is gonna sounds pretty stupid, but you look a lot different to how i had expected you to looks like :p

hah, what were you expecting?

DeathCS 2005-08-17 00:13

Quote:
Originally Posted by IRON FART
Haha that's pretty cool seeing as you made it yourself. How does it sound?

pretty good. the pickup isn't great, but i can change that out later.

Dissection 2005-08-17 00:18

Quote:
Originally Posted by Transient
i respect the amount of work and planning that took. however the wood looks like a toilet seat and the shapes a bit large


Agreed (the planning/work). That made me laugh. You need to put a finish on the guitar, IMO. It looks stupid as a natural color with that body shape.

Quote:
Originally Posted by DeathCS
hah, what were you expecting?


something not so... you. ;)


I expected a bigger guy, is all.

DeathCS 2005-08-17 00:25

Quote:
Originally Posted by Dissection
Agreed (the planning/work). That made me laugh. You need to put a finish on the guitar, IMO. It looks stupid as a natural color with that body shape.

It has a finish. i was going for a different look. i liked the grain of this piece of wood, so i decided on a natural finish. Anyways I built this for me, not you, so if you dont like it then i dont care.


Quote:
Originally Posted by Dissection
something not so... you. ;)


I expected a bigger guy, is all.

1. i wasn't asking you
2. pff, that RG makes you look like a dwarf. :p

HermanRi! 2005-08-17 00:27

Quote:
Originally Posted by DeathCS
hah, what were you expecting?


lol, i kinda expected you to be short(er), with short hair and i kinda expected you to be blond aswell, lol, crazy ino :p

edit: btw, whats the neck made out of and whats the body made out of?

is the neck thin and smooth, or does it have a slightly more chunky and traditional feel?

and what pickup is init

DeathCS 2005-08-17 00:32

silver maple body. maple neck, rosewood fretboard. The neck is not really thin, but it has a nice feel.
The pickup is a no name one i got off ebay. once again, it is likely to be changed soon, but its acceptable.

John Holland 2005-08-17 00:39

Yous a skeeny boy. I like that.


Nice guitar.

i_hate_nu_metal 2005-08-17 01:06

I'm not too crazy about the shape, either, but the finish is pretty cool. If it was my guitar, I'd prpbably just paint the fucker black, but the natural finish suits it just fine.
Like I said, not too crazy about the shape, but at least it's unique, and you can be pretty sure you won't get sued by Jackson. :)
I never really thought about building my own axe, but you got me thinking about it now. Although, I don't have the time to hang out with a luthier and work on it myself, I'd probably just pay a pro. It's very cool that you did that, though; you can buy any guitar you wont, but it's never gonna mean as much to you as that one will. I'm very happy for you, man, enjoy it and fucking cherish it. Also, I think that since you put all that time and effort into it, the least you can do is get a decent pickup for it. I know you said the one on it sounds good, but chances are a Seymour Duncan will sound a lot better. Maybe on the pickup you can put a small piece of duct tape where it says Seymour Duncan and write you name on it in white out. 100% custom, and 100% hardcore. :)
Good luck with your axe, and I hope it serves you a long time.
BTW, I envy you for your hair, you little fucker. I wanted to grow mine out as well, but by the time it got halfway down my ears, I got frustrated with it and cut it all off. My hair is very curly and stubborn, and the prospect of buying expensive hair care products like a dman woman just wasn't very appealing to me. Plus I work in the food industry, and having hair down to my ass probably wouldn't be the best career move I've ever made. :)

DeathCS 2005-08-17 01:09

haha :D
thanks man :beer:

Dissection 2005-08-17 01:13

Quote:
Originally Posted by DeathCS
It has a finish. i was going for a different look. i liked the grain of this piece of wood, so i decided on a natural finish. Anyways I built this for me, not you, so if you dont like it then i dont care.

1. i wasn't asking you
2. pff, that RG makes you look like a dwarf. :p


Of course you did. But by posting it, you leave it open to discussion. And yes, I'm small. I'm not stupid.

Ozzuk 2005-08-17 08:57

Looks a lot like a shortwing Rhoads Kick ass job...

Ozz

CodeOfHonour 2005-08-17 10:59

Nice work!

Soulinsane 2005-08-17 12:57

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Good job. If that is the first guitar you've made then I can't wait to see what you come up with later. You could even refurb that one. It's fun to have a guitar just to modify and fix.

I refurbed this one last year. I saved it from a pawn shop in really bad shape. I refreted it ( leveled and crowned ), refinished the neck and fretboard, replaced the pups and electronics, reshaped the headstock, put in new black MOP inlays, new nut, and installed fiber optic LED side markers. I gave it the works. It plays and looks much better now.


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