All this recent talk about making stuff reminded me of a buddy of mine, Mike, who likes to build guitars! I played a few a few of them, they're nice. He's done some videos, not necessarily on the process of making them, but just making them. They're fun to watch, and in a way, it puts you in the mentality of "shit, I should make something like that!"
Have any of you guys documented -- through videos or journals -- the process of building? It's always interesting to see different presentations of constructions like this.
My older brother made a classical guitar many years ago. He had trouble bending the wood for the side panels (the curvey bits) and it didn't quite turn out as a smooth curve, there was some slight cracking. Otherwise I think it was a success. It plays pretty well. The bridge cracked off the body at one point when he moved to a different climate. I do believe he eventually fixed it.
Lots of work. I say do it if you're interested in woodworking. Don't bother if you're more just trying it to save a buck on a pricey custom made classical.
They aren't guitars, but there is a luthier sectiluthn on talkbass.com that is absolutely killer.
Oh, I also restored a Flying V bass, but never finished it, I have all the parts but kind of fell out of love with music after quitting my last band. I have a pickguard that I hand cut for it and the knobs and the electronics laying around here somewhere. It is a neck through bass and fairly nice feeling.
In the end I would like for it to kind of look like this:
*P.S mind the dirty door and dusty gun cabinet, my home office is my dirty sanctuary :P
They're fun to watch, and in a way, it puts you in the mentality of "shit, I should make something like that!"
Shit, I should make something like that! Maybe I should watch the video first... :-)
I had this idea for quite a while now: try to make one in aluminum (welded hollow body), I wonder if it'd sound like a dobro?
But I have no idea what mics to use.