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Old 16th November 2005, 02:01 AM   #21
chrisr is offline chrisr  United States
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i'd go to hand have them make me a strat like body routed for a floyd rose pro and dimazio evolution humbuckers, with a 24 fret 25-1/2" curly maple neck and blue pearloid pick guard with 1 chome volume control, body color blue of course!

to bad i don't play guitar anymore.

edit: former owner of two strats, one kramer, a classical and an acoustic.
edit again: i forgot to mention medium-jumbo frets!
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Old 16th November 2005, 02:11 AM   #22
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Originally posted by BassAwdyO
whats wrong with MDF? The body might have high dampening and be acoustically dead, but arent the strings the part that are supposed to vibrate anyway?

if we want a very resonant instrument wouldnt using something like metal be a better idea?

i've seen cheap mdf guitars and they aren't that bad but nowhere as good as a solid piece of wood. an example of a guitar made with metal would be a dobro.
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Old 16th November 2005, 06:35 PM   #23
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Anther supplier.

My vote is also against MDF. It'll just be tacky!

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Old 16th November 2005, 06:57 PM   #24
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Originally posted by pneuma

Anther supplier.

My vote is also against MDF. It'll just be tacky!


Or just perfect for playing tacky music
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Old 16th November 2005, 09:59 PM   #25
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I was thinking about this today....

I believe 90% of the body shape is probably just for looks, and that's why I'm going for MDF cuz I can shape it any way I please(and it will look good with a proper finish). So too keep the sustain and prevent any warpage I was thinking a steel or aluminium"spine" that went through the middle of the guitar would work nicely.... Any thoughts?

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Old 16th November 2005, 10:13 PM   #26
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How about this instead? The MDF will still damp the neck vibrations, but less than if you had a solid MDF body. If you don't like the MDF sound, cut it off and rebuild in wood. A few more bucks, though probably not much when you count your spine materials and labor.

BTW, I find wood easier to shape than MDF - just use sharp tools and the same sanders you plan on using.
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Old 16th November 2005, 10:26 PM   #27
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It should work, but a steel bar will probably modify the magnetic path of the pickups, in a good way, or a bad way...not sure... maybe it`ll sound great

Aluminium is a safer bet(booooring)
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Old 16th November 2005, 10:45 PM   #28
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I have to say, in the 18 months I spent on the road as a guitar tech, I saw lots of guitars made from non-conventional materials, bought by guitarists because they were trendy or different. With only one exception, the phenolic fingerboard used by Washburn on a few models, these guitars ended up being put to one side in favour of more conventional ones.

You can't go wrong with a mahogany base and a nice piece of maple on the front!
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Old 17th November 2005, 01:23 AM   #29
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I have a friend who builds guitars now and then for fun. He built one out of a bed pan, which looks crazy, but sounds fine. He calls it his "s**tar"!
How do I put the smoke back in this thing?
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Old 17th November 2005, 04:24 AM   #30
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Default homebuilt guitar

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Built in 1980.
Body wings are Hawiian Koa,
Rosewood pinstripes,
Ebony fretboard
Eastern Hard Rock Maple neck and body.
Neck-thru body (I hate bolt-on necks!!!)
Dual truss rods.
Large nickle frets on a 25-1/2" scale.
Dot markers are abolone inlay.
Pickups, bridge and tailpiece are from Carvin (good stuff!)
Clear coated with Ditzler Concept 20/20 w/ red pearl added in.
This thing plays better than any guitar I have ever played.
Perfect intonation, very low action... 1/16" max. NO buzz, tremendous susssssssstain. (Notice no whammy bar?)
Excellent balance.
toggle switches are for pickup selection and phasing.
has a preamp built-in, but I'm working on building something better.
Controls compartment is fully shielded with copper foil.
Rear cover plate is 304 stainless.

It was a fun project, but I don't think I could duplicate the perfection a second time.

Sorry I don't have any pix of the whole guitar.
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