Figuring out the scale on a fretless instrument

Submitted by John on Fri, 08/30/2019 - 07:40

Yesterday I was at the gas station and I spotted a guy with what looked like a cigar box guitar headstock coming up out of his backpack. I walked up to him and started a conversation, and sure enough it was a homemade guitar (not a cigar box, but he used a box that was about the same size.)

[Just the headstock on this thing was so cool. He used eye screws for tuners; it was pretty badass.]

Handmade instruments update

Submitted by John on Sun, 12/18/2011 - 01:54

I have a plan for a full sized telecaster (actually several telecasters, but let's start with this one first). Alas, the wood that I bought for it badly warped before I had a chance to even cut out a body outline, so I scrapped it. I had that wood sitting around for a couple of months and then it went from perfectly straight to super cupped and twisted in less than a week.

The Plankocaster

Submitted by John on Thu, 11/10/2011 - 00:48

I decided I wanted to make a telecaster. My first plan was to build a body blank by gluing up a bunch of pine planks we have around the house. I had it all figured out, but when I explained my plan to my wife, she quickly proved it would never work because I'd have to plane the boards down too much, so if I wanted the right depth I'd have to glue them three deep and three across and if you figure out the math and divide the cosine by the tangent of the hypotenuse we totally don't have enough wood.

Then she said "Why don't you use those big thick boards we got from your mom?"