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i am thinking about building a new guitar (i already have a few) and thought that someone/ some people on here must have already done it so do you have any advice/ links to get parts/ good design, as i have not really chose one yet.

ps sorry mods if this is in the wrong place

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This should probably go in the Help/Advice sub-forum.

Anyway, use wood. Makes the guitar sound like a guitar.

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My advice: it's an interesting project to undertake, but be prepared to pay high prices for materials. I looked into it too and honestly, if you're looking to build a really good quality guitar, you'll pay just as much as, if not more than, you would for an already-manufactured guitar done by professionals. It's up to you.

With that said, every single solitary part of a guitar counts, from the tuning keys to the pickups. Choose your parts carefully, ask the sales associates at the guitar shop you buy supplies from, get as much info as you can. Major parts to focus on are tonewood, hardware, pickups, wiring, strings, and all parts that have to do with tuning/intonation.
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My advice: it's an interesting project to undertake, but be prepared to pay high prices for materials. I looked into it too and honestly, if you're looking to build a really good quality guitar, you'll pay just as much as, if not more than, you would for an already-manufactured guitar done by professionals. It's up to you.

With that said, every single solitary part of a guitar counts, from the tuning keys to the pickups. Choose your parts carefully, ask the sales associates at the guitar shop you buy supplies from, get as much info as you can. Major parts to focus on are tonewood, hardware, pickups, wiring, strings, and all parts that have to do with tuning/intonation.

This, and btw, for me the absolute most important component of a guitar is the pickup! - dont skimp out on that! Get the best that you can afford. The pickup can "make" or "break" the sound quality of your guitar

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This, and btw, for me the absolute most important component of a guitar is the pickup! - dont skimp out on that! Get the best that you can afford. The pickup can "make" or "break" the sound quality of your guitar


Absolutely, and there are so many types of pickups to choose from, and so many different manufacturers' versions of said types. It all depends on what sound you want. Also keep in mind that your amp is integral to your sound as well. The way I see it, or at least the way Mitch-PTV explained it to me, is there's a common misconception about the guitar in regards to tone. Guitar adds character and shapes the color of your tone, but the majority of your sound comes from the amp, not the other way around.

And different pickups and guitars react to different amps. A P-90 equipped Junior will sound different through a Vox AC30 than it will through a Fender Blues Deluxe. I learned that when I was trying to find a new guitar to add to my arsenal, but nothing with a P-90 worked well enough with my Vox VT30. Make sure the guitar you buy (or build) will sound crystal clear and exactly the way you want it to sound through different amps.

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Electric or acoustic? Electric's way easier.

From parts or scratch? Parts is also way easier.

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Electric or acoustic? Electric's way easier.

From parts or scratch? Parts is also way easier.


Electric and I don't know if I will do it from scratch or parts most likely get a body, neck/head and pick ups and build it fromthere

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Yeah, that's the best way to start. Pretty easy too, you basically just have to paint it if it's not painted already, bolt the stuff together, solder the electrics and screw everything else on.

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Does any one no whereicsn get parts cheep

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eBay. Craigslist. Warmoth.

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If I was you, I would check into this website called guitarfetish.com , They have the best parts for building guitars with, (as well as prefab bodies and necks) and they sell them to the consumer at the price that it would be sold to the shops at. Really high quality gear, from pickups and tuning pegs to bridges and volume knobs, everything is there.
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If I was you, I would check into this website called guitarfetish.com , They have the best parts for building guitars with, (as well as prefab bodies and necks) and they sell them to the consumer at the price that it would be sold to the shops at. Really high quality gear, from pickups and tuning pegs to bridges and volume knobs, everything is there.

thanks

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i am thinking about building a new guitar (i already have a few) and thought that someone/ some people on here must have already done it so do you have any advice/ links to get parts/ good design, as i have not really chose one yet.

ps sorry mods if this is in the wrong place


i'm a guitar builder!!

would you be starting from scratch or pre fabricated kits?

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i'm a guitar builder!!

would you be starting from scratch or pre fabricated kits?

most likely prefab at first but depends on what gdc thinks is easier

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most likely prefab at first but depends on what gdc thinks is easier


building from scratch takes a lot of time, money, tools, machines. check out some of theses places for prefab parts.

http://www.warmoth.com/
http://www.allparts.com/
http://www.stewmac.com/

and here is an album with 2 of my guitar builds from scratch.

http://imageshack.us/g/1/9906295/

let me know if there's anything i can help with.

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building from scratch takes a lot of time, money, tools, machines. check out some of theses places for prefab parts.

http://www.warmoth.com/
http://www.allparts.com/
http://www.stewmac.com/

and here is an album with 2 of my guitar builds from scratch.

http://imageshack.us/g/1/9906295/

let me know if there's anything i can help with.

any that let you build gibsons



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any that let you build gibsons

unfortunately i don't know of anyone that does. gibson is really big on trademarks, copyrights, ect. 




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