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The beginning of my first luthiery project...

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Ray Holt, Apr 4, 2006.

  1. First off, I know it's not a bass, but have mercy :p

    Today I started on my first luthiery project, a 7 string guitar. I have been super excited about this, and it was great to finally start. I'm not building the neck for this first project, I found that a bit daunting for my first go. Next time though (6 string bass :) )

    Here are the specs:
    -Neckthrough (Maple, from Carvin)
    -2 humbuckers (Also from Carvin)
    -1 vol., 1 tone and a 3-way toggle switch
    -Sperzel locking tuners
    -Carvin FT7 bridge

    As you can see many parts were ordered from Carvin, but I will not be ordering anything from them in the future. Their shipping dept. is terrible, I had to call customer service about all 3 of my orders (and I'm not impatient either, I once waited more than 2 weeks before calling, and when I did I was told that the order was there and they "weren't quite sure" why it hadn't been shipped :scowl: )

    I worked for about 2.5-3 hours total today, and got the beginning of the horns cut out and the sides glued on. Here are the pictures from day one :)


    And this is what I had at the end of the day. I'll be back at it tomorrow. This is the only thing I like about college so far... the wood shop is open from 9AM til 10PM all week, and noon to 5 on weekends.

    I'll update this thread as I go... criticism is welcome, and I'm sure it will be deserved. I haven't had any training in luthiery, I'm going off a book (Melvyn Hiscock's) and my general knowledge of guitars and carpentry. I'm thrilled :D

    (I apologize, I would have the pics in the thread but photobucket is being wacky with the resizing. I'll be sure to resize in advance next time. Let me know what you think!!!)
  2. Very cool. There is only one way to learn and that's by doing it. I've built an Allparts guitar and an acoustic guitar from scratch at a school. As soon as I can get some $$$ flowing... I'll be setting up a shop myself and see what happens.

    Good luck!
  3. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    How is the carvin neck thru? I might one day build a bass one myself...

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