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Old 06-03-2015, 12:14   #241
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What kind of guitar have you got Nutter? And how is it going so far?
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Old 06-03-2015, 13:16   #242
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Yamaha Pacifica

Going well so far, I'm following the justinguitar beginners course, so mostly just practicing the initial chord shapes and changes. I can play something which sort of sounds like Wild Thing, if you try and listen very hard

And messing around on Rocksmith on the Xbox, which is great!
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Old 06-03-2015, 13:36   #243
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I haven't played one of those but heard good things about them. JustinGuitar is great, I like his stuff. Also worth checking out Marty Schwartz (martyzsongs) but he cuts a lot of corners, JustinGuitar is definitely better. Good luck with it.
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Old 07-03-2015, 19:32   #244
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this guy prints his own instruments on a 3D printer - might be on interest

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgC...tI7C3MB5JCrZ9g


and even more impressive are the ones done on industrial printers


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Wow that would save a lot of effort. Soon there will be no need buy a fender or gibson.
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Even scaling back how many of these I build to roughly one a month, just for fun, I'm still struggling for time to make these. Finished this one a couple of days ago. I used a pre amp in it which makes it sound a lot better and gives plenty of versatility. The neck was made from an old fence post. Four strings this time...









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Is it an invisible one?
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Is it an invisible one?
I can see the pics.
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Old 10-04-2015, 08:41   #249
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I can see them too, looks good to me!
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I don't build guitars but I have made bass for me.
First one was yamaha rbx 375
I was burned the wood with zippo gas and I got this effect :





The second one is my friend work :


hope you like it..
I am starting in few week new project..I am starting to build F bass 5 string...so I will be posing updates if you are interested
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Very nice, looks a bit polished and professional for my liking ;-), unlike this 4 string fretless guitar I made while I was waiting for parts for the one above. Made out of stuff I had lying around.



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Loving this thread, so inspiring, thinking of doing it now with my daughter.

What kind of dimensions should I be looking at for a box on ebay?

I can't play at all (always wanted to but don't have the patience), she used to do a bit of Ukelele at school, might have to hit Youtube for some tuition vids for building and playing
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Sorry just seen this, go for it, I'd love my kids to make one with me but they aren't interested at all.

I always try and get a decent sized box, which are usually quite expensive on ebay, something at least 200mm x 150mm if possible, but they all vary and to be honest almost all of them will work. Depth-wise again I'm not too fussed, but a deeper box will be louder acoustically.

Youtube has loads of great stuff, and if you are starting to make them www.cigarboxnation.com has loads of ideas, templates, forums etc.
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Another four string guitar, made from reclaimed wood, with a pre amp built in and used a banjo bridge this time, which makes it pretty loud.





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I made my first canjo at the weekend. Using a scrap bit of wood (from an old bench) and a dog food can. Thought I'd post some pictures on how to build one, took maybe 3-4 hours, most of that sanding and finishing off the frets...

Cut a thin but sturdy length of wood, canjo's are usually only 1 or 2 string. Cut away the headstock...


Sand it all down smooth...


Measure and cut the fret slots (dulcimer fretting, only major notes)...


Cut fret wire and knock them into the slots...


Finish off the fret ends to make them smooth...


Drill holes and install tuners...


Cut length of screw for the nut and glue on, then spray the neck with lacquer...


Cut a hole in the centre of the can for the 1/4" jack to sit in, and make two holes for a 2 string canjo, inserting eyelets to stop the sharp can cutting the strings (and they act as the bridge)...


Measure and drill holes where can meets stick (I also inserted two metal dowels in the wood as string retainers)...


Bolt can onto neck (and screw piezo pickup to base of the can, piezo disc mounted on inside of can)...


Hey presto, a canjo...


For my first it was great fun making it, but the measurement is slightly out given there's no bridge as such, so I can get a tune out of it but the intonation is out further up the neck. This cost about £3 to £4 to make I reckon.
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Nice!

I assume there's a formula for working out the fret measurements based on the nut-to-bridge length?
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Nice!

I assume there's a formula for working out the fret measurements based on the nut-to-bridge length?
Yeah the nut to the 12th fret should be the same as the 12th fret to the bridge. There's formula for the fret placement based on the scale of the neck. I use the wfret program to calculate the fret placement and print out a chart that I lay against the neck and mark the frets with.

Should have said it's the 12th fret on a normal guitar and 8th fret on a diatonically fretted guitar like that last one.
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So from that then I assume the diatonic scale misses out 4 frets in the 1-12 system to give the right notes of the scale.

Actually you can see in the pictures where the gaps are and the other frets would normally go.

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So from that then I assume the diatonic scale misses out 4 frets in the 1-12 system to give the right notes of the scale.

Actually you can see in the pictures where the gaps are and the other frets would normally go.
Exactly.
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3 strings this time, with piezo pickup and roses burned in up the fretboard.





I got a nice big wine box so the next one will be a bit different.
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