recycled guitars

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recycled guitars

Postby johnnyb on Mon Aug 29, 2011 11:40 pm

i have been fixing and rebuilding guitars for a long time and ive finally decided to start making my own. im really good at making crappy guitars into really good players so i figured id give it a go. ive made 2 guitars in the past, which one i kept and plays really well, but they were one offs. i have made templates for body, neck, pickguards, headstock, fretboard etc... that way i can pump out a few at one time. i also make all my own jigs as well.

i have 2 kinds of builds going on. one will be a higher end model made with nice woods and hardware, while the 2nd type will be made from recycled materials. ive been in construction for a while and the ammount of materials that get thrown away is crazy. so i try to keep whatever i can to make stuff with. that plus tossed away furniture on the curb has supplied a few interesting materials.

so here is the start. as you can see the body was made out of an old table insert. i picked up 3 of them from the garbage and can make about 6 blanks from them. the neck blanks are made from scraps of maple flooring that were destined for the landfill. there was enough scraps to make 4 blanks, plus i know where to find more.

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clamping on the fretboard after putting in the truss rod.
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homemade fret saw jig
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it will be interesting to see how these things play and sound. eventually id like to wind my own pickups, but for now ill buy them. that is a whole other project in itself
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