A guitar is a complex thing to build and the major danger for the non-professional builder is that the project will stall. The outcome of most guitars started by first-timers is an unfinished guitar. I’ve built several before however so I know how to finish the job,but it doesn’t make it any less challenging to follow through and complete the instrument.
I’d been thinking of building a 7 string for maybe 6 or 7 years. I had bought a not-very-good one from Brazil,which was very heavy and overbuilt with a neck like a baseball bat. Still,it was fun to play and I was intrigued by the possibilities of an added bass string.
I use some specialized machines and tools in building custom furniture. Here’s a massive bookbinding press I use in veneering and making curved laminates. Next to that is an overarm router which is used for cutting out contoured parts using a template. Usually the part is bandsawn oversized and then trimmed with the pin router.
Like a lot of designers,I use a program called Sketchup. It used to cost like $500. Google bought it,made it free and then sold it. There is still a paid version,but the free version is pretty cool still. I render casework jobs on Sketchup generally.
This job had to be fitted to the fireplace on both sides. I used MDF mostly for the case parts –edgebanding with 1/4″thermally fused poplar strips for durability (on the badass HESS thermal edge press). It was a paint grade job.
Here’s the panel saw I built. I owned 3 other panel saws before and had a lot of ideas about how to build a better one.