Well, I’ve ordered the neck. In about 6 weeks it should arrive and I can check it out. If I don’t like how it feels then I will return it - and I can only hold it on its own; if I put bolts into it, it’s mine anyway. If I *do *like how it feels - or I could re-shape a bit to get it perfect - then I will start building my second project guitar.
And, as I have contemplated in previous guitar-related threads, I will see if I can document the project via threads on the SDMB.
What do you think - sound interesting?
A few points:
What I am discussing is building a guitar based on the Fender Telecaster design (photo of my first project guitar, also based on a Tele design). This is basically an assembly effort with some electronics soldering - well, except you have the added complexity of:
[li]Sourcing the parts from countless sellers (e.g., online stores, parts of your old guitars, eBay) - so the specs from part-to-part will likely be off[/li][li]Trying to customize some of your parts choices to conform to your specific needs - which often means tweaking stuff[/li][li]There is always something you want to change - so some sort of woodworking will be necessary, e.g., routing, filling and re-drilling, re-shaping a neck carve, what have you…[/li][/ul]
Why am I doing this?
[li]It’s fun - I had a great time building the first one; the problems I encountered required thinking them through, but translated in a fun puzzle to solve with little/no disappointment - that is NOT always going to happen.[/li][li]I can combine the exact features I want in a guitar, exactly how I want them - and once you have a guitar that is *that right *for you, it is hard to go back[/li][li]It is very…satisfying, I guess. Because you go in with some theories about what you need and want in a guitar - and you are really testing yourself. Have you *really *been paying attention to your hands and ears? Do you *really *know what you want? If either all of your going-in beliefs are true (rare), OR you learn along the way and the guitar is a byproduct of your discovery process, you feel you know yourself as a guitar player much better, if that makes sense[/li][/ul]
[li]I really don’t know what I am doing - I have used a soldering iron with purpose maybe 5 times, have no real grasp of how electricity works (amps hurt more than volts, right?), and my woodworking skills are Weekend Handyman, at best. But I can problem-solve, am methodical, and have no shame about outsourcing key steps to experts. [/li][li]So I will chronicle what I am doing and give my best, feeble explanation as to why I made the choices I did, but I am not going to defend them vigorously, nor do I hold up my approach as the “right” or “best” way - I am just muddling through since it worked once before. And, to be clear, this project may either collapse or fade - maybe I just got lucky the first time…I am not good enough at this stuff to know for sure…yet. [/li][li]Photos, Sound Samples, etc. - well, I don’t know if I am going to be able to provide much of that stuff. Basically, I really shouldn’t be hanging out on The Dope at all - as with most of you, I am just super busy. I guess I use posting about guitar geekery as a vent - to keep myself sane (or to satisfy my need for a little geeky insanity). So I grab a few minutes at work to post here and I really never do it at home, which is where that stuff would be. I am still trying to figure out if I actually have time to build the guitar…[/li][li]I am not sure how often I will be able to post. I expect I would start a thread when I am at a key milestone and provide links to the previous threads. There will be delays when I need to wait for parts or for something to get done like a rout or finishing work. Not too mention that life may intrude and I have to put the project down for a bit. So there will be delays, but I will give it a shot.[/li][li]I would hope and assume that other Dopers with guitar-building experience would chime in - again, I would not be intereseted in a Great Debate over pickup choice, wood selection, etc., but some folks know a lot more than me. River Hippie, you’ve built your share, right? Since you build Strats, IIRC, maybe you can speak to their unique attributes at key steps? Carson O’Genic, you actually build the guitars, not just assemble them - maybe you can provide insight (and help when I need it!!)?? And I am sure plenty of you other Dopers have dabbled in modding your guitars, right?[/li][/ul]
Well, I think that is it for now. If this seems worthwhile, I can try to get back on and start with the Pre-Build Geek thread, covering things like guitar building history, how to approach this type of project and my experience with the first one and the all-important, mind-blowingly tedious, neurotic, self-centered and obsessive world of: designing your “perfect” guitar.