Make Your Own Wood Guitar

Step 1: Choosing Materials

For fretboard:
– Jute fabric
– epoxy
– black paint
For the rest of the guitar:
– wood from recycled been
– some frets 2 mm wide
– head machines, which left from other projects
– noname pickup for 7 string guitar
– 7 single bridges
– 4 variable resistors
– piezo pickup
– toss rod

Step 2: Build a Composite

I have marked out all fabric into 150 mm wide strips.
Put of these into the black dye. These stripes I clamped to an antenna which clamp to dry it. it’s simple to form a composite. you’ve got to require fabric and glue it together in layers. So i do not glue everything to the table I put my jute stripes on foil and canopy with glue.

After two days i buy the workpiece from my improvised press. If you’ve got measure closely carbon fiber you’ll have noticed that it’s very dense. within the case of jute, it’s very loose. to form it dense you’ve got to subject it to high . to try to to his I even have a couple of clamps and bricks and that i use all of them . But my composite wasn’t as dense as i would like , and not as tough as carbon fiber. This workpiece waited on behalf of me to use it for 2 months.

Step 3: Guitar Creature

My fretboard was exactly the right width for 7 strings. And I have 7 machine heads.
Main characteristics: scale:
690 mm – 725 mm
27 frets
two pickups 

Step 4: How to Process a Composite

Dry epoxy stuck in the sandpaper. Even if I used the coarsest grade of sandpaper I had to clean it every 5 minutes. One way to facilitate this work would be sanding with water. But I was working on some tables. I can’t use water all the time because the tables are made from old and dry wood, which easily absorbs water. Finally, I made the surface flat. First I glued it on a Wood veneer of ash. Then I glued it onto the neck.

Step 5: Compose All to Guitar

I mainly use wood from a scrapyard.
I have one very nice piece of spruce and one table’s leg and so on.

Step 6: Installing Frets, True Story

I had to put in the frets twice.
The first time I set the frets thinking that the fretboard was flat enough. But, because my fretboard isn’t wooden, the frets bend the neck towards the beck. I even have to urge obviate all of them and bend the neck to form the surface flat again. then , I install all the frets successfully.

This happens because my composite isn’t wood. it’s more like plastic. this suggests once you need to affect wood and install the frets within the wood, the wood resists wedging. within the case of this composite, there’s no resisting and wedging results in the neck bending.

Step 7: Installing Furniture and Other Troubles

I have installed machine heads, pickups, and other electronics.
I use aluminium foil to shield from stray electric fields. I even have a rectangle-like main pickup, it’s two coils mounted by screws. i would like to form my pickup more parallelogram-like. I even have done this by remounting the coils to other holes within the frame.

Troubles started once I installed the only bridges. I bought them on the web and made calculations using only data from the seller . In fact, everything isn’t because it is actually . the only bridge may be a small banded plate with detail for a string. therefore the banded plate is wider within the place where it’s banded. due to that my bridges have a trapezoidal shape, and therefore the strings were wider than i would like at the top of the fretboard. to scale back this extra width I sanded the bridges to a parallel shape and therefore the strings sat as they ought to . then , I removed all the furniture from the guitar, painted it with lacquer, and installed everything again.

Step 8: Saving Private Truss Rod

I have built a skinny and cozy neck.
When I began to compute the truss rod I found out that it wanted to interrupt through the backside of the neck!

It was very scary once you have almost finished the instrument and you work out that you simply are making a pile of rubbish. So I began to research how I could fix it.

Firstly i assumed that I could strengthen it with alittle metal plate. But, once I am installing it I actually break through the neck. I find out , that the truss rod has broken through the neck due to how thin the neck is. So I attempt to move the truss rod forward towards the top , where there’s more wood. And it helps. I can manage the traditional bowing of the neck with the rod.

Step 9: Test the Sound


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