Hi there, ive got a few qeustions that i need some help with guys.
Im making a body (RG style) and im buying the wood in the next couple of days, my questions are:
1)I popped down to a wood merchants today and they had some Ash (ordering me some larger bits). The grain was quite nice, yet it was as rough as hell. The guy said once the its come up he can plane the depth off for me as it dosnt come in 45mm which i want. Do you recon he would clean it all off as well,like straighen up the sides and make sure it dont look like some piece of drift wood.
2)Pretty much everywhere around here dosnt do much in the way of mahogany so i thought if i can get some Ash (hopefully with nice enough grain) for about £20 he said then it should be ok- Any opininons on ash would be nice : e.g. What its like to work with, how it comes up with oils etc
3)Im probably going to stick a simple hardtail on the guitar but i have a few questions regarding it. Firstly, can anyone recomend any good , simple hard tails. Somthing similar to Pauls 301 and his non floating guitars, just somthing simple.The guitars going to be a string through design so no top-loading bridges obviously.
4)As im going to be making this relativly soon can anyone offer any tips for me whilst making the body. The main thing im worried ill mess up is the neck joint, ive decided that ill just rout out one cavity at the back for the input and controls, and two humber cavities on the front,im not to worrid about them as i figure ill leave the guitar a rear routed design and do a natural finish like say Pauls Ash PGM, and if i mess the front cavities up ill jsut wack a pickguard over it all. But if i mess the neck up im shagged, so any suggestions on routing a neck pocket without making a bulls up of it would be great.
5)Lastly, im unsure as to how deep and to what dimensions i should cut the two pickup cavities, as im not going to put a pickguard on (unless things f*ck up), and i wont be using mounting rings how exactly do the pickups sit in place and can anyone offer any measurements on the humbucker sizes ,i have an RG450dx body sitting here naked with the pickguard off so i could get a ruff idea of the size from that but there no doubt lsightly differnt than you would get on say somthing like this http://www.ibanezregister.com/images...gm/pgm_ir2.jpg
as the pickgaurd holds the pups in place.
(Oh btw, that bridge on that PGM ^^ is what im after, somthing very similar)
Bit of a long post there guys, sorry
It would probably be easier if you get time to reply, by anwsering each question individually if ya get me.
Cheers for your time