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    Hi Guys
    Am just starting building another guitar. Would a tutorial of the process be of interest to you guys or is it sort of off topic?????

    Would be quite a lot of work so please indicate if there would be any interest in the project.

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    Glen... I'm not so sure a tutorial would help me but I am curious about how you go about building one. Perhaps some static photos of the different steps in the process.

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    • #3
      Hi Glenn, I will (probably) never build a guitar... but as a very curious woman I would be interested. I appreciate your offer.

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      • #4
        Any opportunity to learn is a good thing,back in the 70s I had a good friend who was a professional guitar builder.Used to watch him a lot, we shared workshop space.I've decorated a few, and am a rusty electric bass player*.
        Are you building solid body electric or acoustic either ?
        Here a guitar builder ( any sort ) or repairer is a luthier.pronounced looteeyay. Same term overs voilins etc builders/repairers too.

        *My basses got lost in our last move ( Burns Bison and Rickenbacker ) .I want to learn to play Sax before I go ( love the sound ), but have neither the time, nor the justification to spend the money on a good one
        Last edited by MikeW; 08-03-2022, 11:44 AM.

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        • #5
          Glenn, I'd love to see the process of making one.
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          • #6
            I'll not be building a guitar, but I want to get my some hooked up if you decide to go ahead.
            . . .JoeB

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            • #7
              If you don't mind taking the time to photograph, and then p0st, the photos and explain the process as you go, it would be appreciated. Also, remember, we have quite a few lurkers on here who look but don't p0st, so some of them may be interested also.

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              • #8
                Like the other I would love to see your prosses. I doubt I would build one. I have made a few wood flutes for others It was fun to learn to do. But I can not carry a tune from the shower to the sink. It maybe something you could also use if you are ever thinking about teaching a class.
                Last edited by Randy; 08-03-2022, 05:33 PM.
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                • #9
                  Ok guys it's a go then. started on the first 2 items in tutorials. I see the other post I did on guitar building got about 1100 hits so must be a bit of interest out there.

                  Hi Mike Think it's time you built a new bass and got back into it hehehehehe. It's in the blood mate can't deny it hehe.will be an acoustic guitar this time around. Maybe a hollow body electric next time I think.

                  Hi Randy
                  Don't think I will ever do classes as it is hard enough just to find a guy that will pick up a chisel these days. Have a mate I met through the jazz guitar forum and another guy down south and we make guitars and make repairs on old stuff. Wilbert picked up a very rare hofner guitar with a broken neck for $100 which when repaired should be worth at least $1000. A good original would be worth $2000.

                  It is these old pieces of history we are looking to restore for future generations to enjoy. If we can make a buck to upgrade the tools then all good. I will repair the hofner for cost of materials and a good bottle of high octane hooch.hehehe not in it for the money is more of a passion hehe. When you pick up a 70 year old guitar you wonder about all the people that might have played it. The places it might have been.

                  If there was ever a similar thing to alcoholics anonymous I can just imagine it.

                  " Hi my names Glenn and I'm a guitar addict I have, 16 guitars am building another one with plans for at least 2 more. I have no money in the bank and I'M LOVING IT!!!!"

                  Yeah,yeah, I know, a hopeless case.
                  Last edited by Glenn Jennings; 08-04-2022, 06:16 PM.

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                  • #10
                    That's a gorgeous piece of wood! Did that Hofner belong to a rock musician, previously (as in smashing a guitar- I've never understood that. I guess if you are making enough money and have enough drugs fueling your ego...).

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                    • #11
                      Hi Steven
                      yeah that is an offcut from a riflestock blank I got from Armenia The whole stock is figured like that was $1,250 nz and that was years ago so itdoesn't come cheap so I save every scrap to use on different projects. Like you say it is just so beautiful. And it is a joy to work with.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Glenn Jennings View Post
                        Hi Steven
                        yeah that is an offcut from a riflestock blank I got from Armenia The whole stock is figured like that was $1,250 nz and that was years ago so itdoesn't come cheap so I save every scrap to use on different projects. Like you say it is just so beautiful. And it is a joy to work with.
                        Holy smokes, that's a lot of money! I was making a cover for our door bell many years ago, out of walnut. I found an 8/4 plank 6" wide that I could have had an offcut from at a lumberyard. One end had such wild grain that I bought the whole 6-foot long piece, expecting to make a stock for my tack-driver rifle. That project got sidelined, because I discovered that I needed a 12/4 piece of wood for the kind of bench rest shooting that I do. I paid about $60 US for it, and felt like I was getting hurt. The irony is, most people going into a yard like that would never buy that board because of the wild grain!

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                        • #13
                          Hi Steven
                          Wild grain is a natural treasure and I have my eye out looking for it all the time. Sometimes I see a decent sized tree with a nice burl lump on it and I'm standing praying for it to just fall over so I can get my hands on it hehehehe.

                          Tree fell down across the road and I was down there like a shot looking to see what I could salvage. unfortunately it was a cabbage tree which is pretty much unuseable. Very open grained,fibberous and about as light as balsawood. Doubt it would even make good firewood.

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                          • #14
                            Glen, I’m not interested in building a guitar, but would like to see the process. A few years ago I picked up an old Washburn B20 bass that looked like some kid used as an axe. There was literally a whole in the back that I could almost put my hand in. Did the best I could to repair it, then resold it for 5 times what I paid for it. I know a luthier would have done a much better job, but I wanted to try.

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                            • #15
                              Hi Cut Up
                              I will try to cover most of the aspects in building a guitar on this post. Good save and score on the Washburn. Got to be lucky some of the time hehehe.

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