Post by colins on Jan 19, 2019 16:22:15 GMT
My give away draw prize guitar for Halifax this year is going to be a CS336/356 style electric guitar, somewhat different from my normal acoustics, but at least it is a hollow body with 'F' holes , so sort of acoustic.
These are a couple I made earlier.
The body is carved from a solid block of mahogany, with a curly maple top. It'll be fitted with 'PAF' style humbuckers, and a 3-way switch. Guitar players IQ is of course found on a continuum, with electric players at the bottom thus they need dots all over the place, steel string players in the middle needing at least side dots to find their way around the board and classical players at the top, who of course shun dots completely as being of no use to them. As it's an electric it will of course have fingerboard marker dots.
These 336s give a crossover sound between the classic sweet 335 'Lucille' guitar and the more intense growl of a Les Paul.
Anyway, I went over to see Bob Smith and came away with a big lump of mahogany so I thought I'd better get started.
The body is in two pieces so I glued them up with some maple and red as a centre line.
When the glue was dry the body was run through the sander to its near final thickness.
Now this is my most used tool when making an acoustic, but it will hardly get a look in for this build.
This however will get a lot of use.
The body shape is roughly sawn out on the bandsaw, then the template is screwed to the top.
A pattern router bit is used to trim the bodies outside profile.
This body is what Gibson call tonally carved, which really means hollowed out. The bulk of the wood is removed with a large Forstner bit on the drill press.
The template is screwed back on and the pattern router bit used to clean up the inside, at least to a first approximation.
I'm waiting for a big Stew Mac order to arrive with the pickups in it, so I'll hold off routing the pickup pockets until I have them in hand to measure.