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Body Tutorial v1.3

Matt Wickham

After a few people have asked, I been collecting pictures and diagrams to write this next section for the members that have asked and who have found the neck tutorial useful. The body for the guitar as most people will know is made up of different woods, and chambers to give the guitar a great sound and a unique construction.

A modified Tornado plan showing different wood and chamber layout

For the body, you will need:

  • Blockboard (available from Jewsons, Lumbercore for USA)
  • Bottom Oak - 120 mm wide, 260 mm long, 18 mm deep
  • Top Oak - 95 mm wide, 50 mm long, 18 mm thick.
  • Mahogany Veneer - 0.06 mm thick (If you want thicker you can)

Step 1

In this first picture this is Block Board which the body is made off, as you can see plans for the top layer have been transferred on to the wood. The body is made up of 2 Layers of block board both are 18 mm thick.

Step 2

The next step to do while the body is still on the sheet of wood, is to rout out the chambers, this is being done now as the its easier to clamp down because it is very difficult to clamp down.

The Bottom section of block board is routed at a depth of 14 mm as the block board is18 mm so its important not to go to far as it will weaken the structure. This is the same depth on the left hand side which is hidden from view on the top layer of block board. The right hand side is routed / cut all the way through for the electronic cavity.

Step 3

The next step is to cut the body out, The best way to do this and to keep it level on the sides (If you don't have a band sander) is to fix the 2 pieces if body together with screws and to cut around it so you get the same shape round both section.

Step 4

This next step is to insert the Oak core in to the body. This is very important as the Oak is the main structure of the guitar and is the main piece of wood which everything is fixed to eg : the tremolo, neck, and bridge.

In the bottom layer of the body the piece of oak runs from the beginning of the neck to the face of the tremolo Cavity.

The top layer of Oak is mounted on top of the bottom layer. This is both Glued and screwed to the bottom layer ok oak. Again the top piece of oak is 18 mmthick 95 mm wide (as wide as the tremolo cavity) and 50mm in length from the front of the tremolo cavity to the back of the bridge.

This is what you should have:

Body without Top Oak, can see the bottom layer

Red is the top oak, green is the Bottom Layer. This is Esteban's RS)

Continue the body tutorial with Building a Body v2.3, where we will be installing the tremolo and applying the veneer.

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