I am trying to make something small, in the lines of a travel guitar. I will be using 2 pieces of Birch on one and a combination of birch and oak for the other.
One more question: if using a TOM bridge and want to avoid the neck angle, is it ok to just bury the bridge about half an inch in the body? I think I've read it somewhere and I've definitely seen it on some guitars.
Thanks for your time!
I was going to do something in the lines of a Hofner Shorty... I looked at a pic and you are right, the bridge is not recessed...
But I did see recessed TOM bridges, maybe not by that much, like in the pic below...
This is to compensate for the lack of an angle in the neck pocket or the heel of the neck itself, right?
Please be patient with me, I'm a first time builder...
Neck angle, if you need to recess a TOM that does work and shouldn't be an issue for proper function. No neck angle and neck higher than the body by .375" (like a Tele or Strat) would require a shallow route under the bridge to allow the bridge to function and keep the string height intact.
Lamination - it's fine to do like Gibson did in the Norlin era with the "pancake" construction, or like Fender did with the rosewood Tele's, even separating the layers with a maple veneer.
So I was thinking to post some pics of my first guitar...
It is a small guitar for a small player. It's also supposed to be transportable....
It seems that there is something wrong with the image tags...tried different things to no avail
Nevermind...figured it out
The neck is a beater, I just sanded the headstock to remove the logo and refinished it using Tru-Oil. The body is two pieces of birch sandwiched on top of each other. The colour is Min Wax gold pecan (or something like that). The finish is wipe-on poly, 14 layers sanded with 220, 320, 600, 800, 100, 1500 and 2000. Two humbuckers from a Dean Playmate and that's it... Feel free to comment.
@greco: The action is quite low, too low for my taste. My tech set it up for me... I had to go through the first layer fully with the neck pocket and the strings would still be touching the fretboard. I had to shim the neck and raise the bridge to be able to strum it.
@Bojan: I did what I could with what I had... the idea was to spend as little as possible.
What do you mean? Having issues with rolling?
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