So after reading Melvyn Hiscock's book, I've decided that I'm going to try my hand at luthiery. All of the tools I need I have ready access to, whether it's my father-in-law's, or the local high school. I want to start my venture in guitar building by just building a body and buying a neck from ET Guitars or designing a headstock and having it made by Soulmate. It's basically going to be an RG7 copy just for simplicity's sake.
1: Claro Walnut, I love the grain on this particular species and the sound as well thanks to Darren's Javelin and Rick Toone's Starfish. I know that walnut is stubborn and doesn't take to random pickup changes; it's going to be a chore to really "find" the tone with this body.
2:Black Limba, again the grain makes me soil my underwear and it's supposed to be a super-mahogany, with a more complex midrange.
3:Mahogany, just a classic wood and what all of my current instruments are made of. Mahogany rules.
I really am unsure, as I flip between claro walnut and black limba
Hipshot 7 black bridge(.125 spacing)
Volume and tone could be push-pulls, or coil splitting switches, with a 3-way switch. I'm not sure if I want to make the mini-switches to be coil splits or series/parallel switches for each pickup.
7 Sperzel locking tuners(black)
Probably Bareknuckle Aftermaths, I'm not sure if Alnico or ceramic is the way to go. I will need lots of advice in this area. I don't know much about pups, but I'm not a complete beginner.
I want to put in a Graphtech Piezo so I'll need to leave room for an additional output because I don't want to do a stereo output and a Y cable.
500K pots, I'm not sure about capacitor values.
Anyhow, this should be a fun and rewarding project that I hope to start this summer/fall with it all coming together in the spring/summer of 2012. I'll be purchasing a lot of the harware in advance. I look forward to and encourage everyone's ideas and input!
Let's make an awesome guitar
I've heard walnut's pretty hard on your tools, might be something worth considering.