Have played for many years and would like to start building instruments, any feedback is greatly appreciated !
The finish on the top plane of my Gibson SG's headstock crack due to a neck first dive to the floor when a strap came unlocked. Not too terribly upset about it and was peeved for a few minutes but i'll quickly move on. I bought the guitar with a nitro finish knowing if it got dinged up here and there it'd be okay - never thought the whole finish would come off the headstock though! Primarily concerned with making sure it doesn't cause any further damage. Does anyone have a recommendation for a DIY remedy?
Doesn't have to be good as new, but perhaps there's a product I could apply as a patch job?
Over the years, I've owned a lot of different electric guitars and basses—some great, some decent, some pure shite. Assuming all the normal tuning instability and intonation factors have been accounted for and addressed (e.g. typical setup factors, saddle issues, nut issues, magnetic phenomena of pickups, loose hardware, slack has been worked out of strings, frets are in good condition, etc), it seems to be consistently true that there's a slight shift in tuning from seated to standing play, no matter what guitar it is. Hardtail, trem, locking nut...none of those configurations make a difference.
Typically, I will learn or compose a song or part while seated, then practice it standing up. If I tune accurately while seated, then stand, everything goes just slightly flat. If I tune while stood, then sit, everything goes slightly sharp. The lower the note / thicker the string, the more effect is more exaggerated.
This makes sense re: the old-fashioned way of strapping on an acoustic guitar, using a loop of cord to attach the strap to the headstock—the neck is pulled laterally from that point, slackening the strings. But why does this happen (albeit to a lesser degree) on electric guitars and basses, where the front strap button is (or should be) located somewhere on the body?
I can live with it and accept that it's just part of the instrument, but I've been trying to get my head around it for literally years.
Hi - I am working on a guitar in Fusion 360 and I'd like to render with some nice tonewood textures, so I figured I'd check here to see if anyone has a library of hi-res tonewood images or a link.
Acquired this Hofner bass a while back, dated the pickups to 66'. Unfortunately it's been attacked with black spraypaint, I'd like to restore it but I'm at a loss on how to safely remove any of it. Any help?
I'm building a banjo with a fairly specific image of a Canada goose to be inlayed on the headstock. I'm capable of doing the inlay but totally incapable of sketching out the design. Any ideas on where I could commission the design?
Hello, My local shop has raised their prices to $80 for a typical 6 string, electric set up. Consequently I would like to invest in a tool kit and perform my own set up and ongoing maintenance. I have 2 guitars that will be my classroom since they're junk anyway. I would appreciate a little direction or help in getting started. What tools are "must haves" at this early stage. I'm assuming feeler gauges, wrench, screwdrivers etc. I've been to StewMac for instance but I don't know what I'm looking for exactly.
Thanks in advance.
I’ve got a pretty cool piece of buckeye that I would like to use for a body blank. I’d like to stabilize it with resin since it is really soft. Can anyone point me in a direction that might explain this process for larger pieces of wood? I’m finding a lot of info on smaller pieces like pen blanks but nothing on larger pieces. The smaller pieces seem to use equipment that would be too small. Thanks guys.
I'd like to know just how possible it is to build the bass I designed is. From what I can tell it may seem to be a bit too large to actually design. I can't seem to find any blanks big enough to accompany my design.
Any tips or leads on how to make this bass is a reality would be really helpful.
(The dimensions are based off what Adobe Illustrations gave me)
Just wanting to get some feedback on how this community likes to go about the necks for there guitars. Do you buy the neck or build it? Bolt on or neck through? And why? I haven’t built a guitar but I have woodworking experience and plenty of experience playing. I’m looking to build a bass and the most intimidating concept for me is the neck. Any good guides specifically on building necks?