I'll Try and Kick things off

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I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby ian frankish on Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:19 pm

I don't consider myself a "luthier" by any stretch of the imagination but I like to have a go - after all I made an excellent toast rack in woodwork at school. :) I have only made two guitars so far and it took me ages. My only tools are a router and a spoke shave and some sandpaper but I get there in the end. Here are some pics :-

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Sounds really nice
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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby chupy on Sun Jan 11, 2009 8:46 pm

Have you ever built any SG's?
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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby ian frankish on Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:21 pm

No not yet but the first one I did probably required the same skills

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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby gypsy moth on Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:24 am

somehow I think you may have done a few other things since the toast rack.
I keep telling myself that if I buy a done neck I could do the 12 string I want - and myself keeps telling me maybe I couldn't.
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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby ian frankish on Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:14 pm

More pictures

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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby Unit_1 on Sun Dec 16, 2012 7:07 pm

spectacular....!

how much did the supplies cost you?

no pictures of the toast rack?

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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby ian frankish on Wed Dec 19, 2012 4:29 pm

Thanks.... and sorry no picture of the toast rack.

The materials were quite expensive - I used genuine Gibson pickups and Grover tuners. The wood is Brazilian mahogony, ebony and quilted maple which came to about £140 in total. The Frankish abalone MOP logo was laser cut and was about £25 and the back cover plate engraving and gold plating was about £50.

The Bigsby copy tremolo and roller bridge came to about £60.

Now I think about it I would have probably saved money if I just went out and bought an original!! :)
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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby Unit_1 on Wed Dec 19, 2012 6:45 pm

i've always used the old fashion saw for inlays (started making jewelery when i was 11 -- 46 years ago...) never even thought of something as fancy as a laser cut.... that's a cool idea.

did you learn how to build guitars from a dvd, a book, or?

i really want to make one someday, from scratch.

"hey, nice guitar where'd you get that"

"made it"

that's so awesome.
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Re: I'll Try and Kick things off

Postby Unit_1 on Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:31 am

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