- Apr 29, 2021
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Has anybody here done built one? Either a kit or from scratch? I'm getting the temptation to build a body myself and just use a bolt-on neck.
Do it brother. Just decide what body style you like and go from there.
Yes, I've built a few teles. Not from scratch though, only kits and with parts. It's a very fun process with the only caveat being that you really need to learn about the different part sizes before buying.
That definitely IS the hard part, but you got me laughing this morning because it couldn't be more true.I've built three so far. All bolt on necks and mainly Fender style. I'm getting the itch to build a V from scratch though. It's not that hard if you're using prefab stuff (body, neck). The finish part is the one I consider the hardest part of the build. Hardware is easy, it's the sanding, filling, sanding, staining, lacquer, sanding, lacquer, sanding, sanding, buffing, sanding, buffing, stripping it all off and starting over... yeah, that's the hard part.
That's all just really great work on your part as well. Your ideas came to light.I designed and built some, but I have been helped for the woodwork and the finishing job. Some are from scratch, some are resurrected derelicts, some are transformed leftovers...
Let's be honest, though : without this help, I would never have ventured into such projects...
In the batch, there are two Epiphones :
So I must thank my Luthier pals Fred and Clément...
Thanks @soulman969 !That's all just really great work on your part as well. Your ideas came to light.
Classy. I love the LPB maple neck combination. Very retro.I went the easy route & just assembled a strat type guitar out of parts off the ebay, I bought a strat body that had a good set of pickups/wiring already done, The paint job on it wasn't anything great. I bought a cheap Chinese strat neck from China which turned out to be very good indeed for the price of £25
Even got my username in Fender script made off ebay Still got it, I made a mess cutting the new nut too deep, Still not got around to sorting that out.
Built? No. Modded to the point I may as well have just bought a body & neck? Oh yeah, practically all of them. I just don't do fine woodworking.
It's nice to see that I'm not the only one who likes a solid ground buss.
Yours is remarkably straight, what are you using?
I thought so. It looks like what we call Romex - a brand of house wiring that had its name applied generically to similar products.Oh, nothing rare @Raiyn ! Common electrical appliance rigid full-core wire, just as found in DIY supermarkets... In 1mm2, 1.5mm2 or 2.5mm2 section, depending on the need.
Here's the trick - desperately simple - to make it dead straight :
1 - I cut the suitable lenght of wire.
2 - I remove the plastic insulation of it.
3 - I first gently straighten by hand to avoid large bends.
4 - I roll the piece of wire on the bench under a flat plank, just like we did with the modeling clay of our childhood.
5 - That's done, "droit comme un i avec le point dessus" - easy !
And yes, solid ground bus makes the wiring simpler, neatier, and often easier to install and remove.