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Shoestring Acoustic Guitar Build Anyone Can Do

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by printer2, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    Canada
    I shrunk them down, out of the camera they are 2.7 Mb and they end up anywhere from 50 kB to 150 kB depending how I crop the image. Even with the buzz I keep picking up the guitar and picking on it for a few minutes. It is so darn light. I am already itching to make a mark two with better wood for the body and wooden pegs instead of the tuners. The tuners are about 3.5 ounces while pegs are around half an ounce. No longer neck heavy. Why do I think of these things?
     

  2. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    Canada
    I never posted a picture of the back. I added a piece of cherry on the back of the headstock to make up the thickness difference needed for the tuner posts as I changed my mind on which tuners I would use and the previous ones were smaller. I showed my brother and he liked the neck. Proud of him for that. He used to do sound for a few years when we were wet behind the ears and it was only the past year or two he thought to pick up the guitar. It never stuck but at least he knows what would feel nice to play. I have a few frets to touch up and then I will put this one to bed.

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  3. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    Canada
    So I made a saddle out of Jatoba with the right arc and the middle strings do not buzz anymore so I can hear what this thing sounds like better. The arc reduced the height of the E strings making it easier to play also. But I hardly could get the D string tuned up the tuner just froze and I could not turn it any more without the possibility of breaking it. I did say these were bottom of the barrel tuners, I just did not know what lurked at the bottom before this. I took the tuner apart and lapped the surface that contacts the plate on a cheap diamond stone. I then gave that surface and the other sliding surfaces just a touch of molly lube. The change was night and day. There is a horrid amount of backlash but tuning up is as uneventful as it should be. I then proceed to do the rest of them. Even though it was meant to be a wall hanger I did want it to at least be playable.

    So next was the nut. I didn't want to waste a bone nut on it especially if the saddle was not bone, Jatoba to the rescue again. Now the nut was at a tolerable height. Actually other than the low E I don't I would want the strings any lower on a nylon string guitar. I was excited to try it out but I subdued my enthusiasm and decided to take care of the frets. I knew I had one that was a little high, might as well just get it done and out of the way.

    Tuned it up and did a couple of exercises up and down the fretboard. Wow, that was fun. It is actually quite playable. Except for the tubbyness centered about the C it did not sound too bad for the size of instrument. And then I did something that I do not do much if the guitar has a live back, I rested it on my, I paid for it I am keeping it, belly. Darn it if the guitar does not sound even up and down the fretboard. You loose some of the engulfing surround sound effect of a live back but the guitar actually sounds listenable. No I would not spend $100 for it but if I wanted a little beater travel guitar I would not be disappointing in it.

    Except for the holding it next to my belly. I could loose a few pounds but not all that much. So what do I do with it now? I can't stick my whole hand in the sound hole, I am not sure what I would do to the back to dampen it down anyway. A bunch of oak glued to the back, maybe an oak plate with a bunch of white glue between which might help dampen it down? I am sure the other guitar in the works will nudge this one aside but I still would like to make this the best it could be given what it started from. Although it has exceeded expectations already.
     

  4. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    Canada
    I did not like the resonance from the back so I took some double sided tape and saw what some mass to the back would do. Dropped the soundhole resonance and it is less present.

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    Now how am I going to clamp the blocks about where the bridge is? With the length of the rods I have I had the reach to get in. I used a section of oak that was used to transport machinery on a truck.

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    Stopped in at work and caught one of the guys in the lunchroom. Stuck it in his lap, put my tablet on record and said play something. Not really fair to him but he did not seem to mind too much. I think I will leave it as is, maybe better tuners but I think it sounds fine for what it is also considering it is tuned like a regular guitar.

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  5. oldrebel

    oldrebel Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

    Oct 23, 2011
    Lynchburg Tennessee
    Looks and sounds good!! Don't think I would hang it on the wall.
     

  6. DrASATele

    DrASATele Poster Extraordinaire

    Jul 6, 2012
    North of Boston

  7. printer2

    printer2 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 24, 2010
    Canada
    I built it with a buddy in mind who wanted one for that purpose. It did end up pretty decent for what I built it from but I have another one on the bench that is built out of good wood and is a touch wider and deeper so it should fill out the response. And once I finish that one I just cut some poplar for one the same size as the one on the bench. And then one out of maple for me. It won't bother me if it ends up on a wall. Just keep tuned, I have about four interesting ones coming.
     

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