I know these are home built instruments, and nobody worried about being perfect or if there even was any kind of standard when someone made their own 1,2 or however many string instrument, it was about the culture and music, but how many of you, have made a mistake in your build, couldn't let it go, had to dis assemble, repair or start over due to modern reasoning, not being able to stand a mistake in the build, whether it was physical or aesthetically? and would you sell one with mistakes, or have we all become Taylor, Martin, Dean wanna bees?

What's your faux pas, and what did you do, fix it, leave it, sell it as is? or.....

I'll go first, (need to lay on a couch like a patient) My second build, fret markers 15 thru 21, are now 14 thru 20...arghhhhhh, never done that before. Have 20 slots cut, and only 19 frets to use.....I'm reconditioning and reusing old ones, and didn't count right. It's killing me mentally, I don't know if it's modern consumerism mentality, whether it's a Taylor or Walmart Starcaster for $99, we want it perfect, so how does one recondition our thinking? I'm leaving my mistakes for now, trying to decide the ole "I'll keep this one" but that will irritate me just as much, set it on fire, fix it, I don't know.....is my hour up yet???!

fortunately the top design even if accidentally hides the fret markers on the fret board top mostly

What makes me mad about the carelessness, is this is one of my nicer oak neck jobs with a natural clear finish to show off the wood, but alas....what to do.

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I recently built my first solid body guitar and even though I measured and remeasured everything I still managed to put the adjustable fixed bridge in the wrong place. Used a router on it for the first time too and made a pigs ear of the control plate cavity. Thankfully it's a rat rod six string so the Gorilla tape under the control plate looks in keeping with the whole aesthetic lol. I've moved the saddles back as far as they'll go and thankfully the intonation is spot on now.

The guitar previous to the one above was my first every six string hollow body cigar box style guitar. Everything was going great with zero issues until I managed to mount the neck ever so slightly off without noticing. Not a problem until I measured for the ferrules to put the strings through the lid to anchor into the bracing. Should have done the plumb line test instead of measuring! I wouldn't have minded but I know better too. Now the strings will forever sit slightly skewed because I can't take the neck off as some of the neck screws didn't go all the way in and had to have them heads sawn off. Oh well. I'm in love with the sound of it and, other than that one aesthetic issue it's a raging blues machine.

Prior to that (I'd say all of my builds have had mistakes more or less) I was building my first dog bowl resonator. Measured everything three times, cut the hole too small, filed the excess away rather than some better method (is there a better method?) and ended up with my bridge on top of the dog bowl being sat back, off center. Sounds awesome though and still one of my favourite builds to date.

Do I always fix the mistakes? If they're simple ones and they can be fixed then I'll revisit them at the next string change but if not then I learn to live with them. I only build for my own use and not for selling so it's perhaps different for me than someone doing the guitars for a living. I'm always learning as I go along so I can't beat myself up about the mistakes too much. The important thing is each build recently, and all of the ones mentioned above, sound great. I'm happy enough with them if ever so slightly peeved looking at the mistakes every day lol

Thanks, yeah, it's that slightly peeved looking at the mistake that bothers me most, guess you gotta learn to forgive yourself or better yet, not consider them mistakes but characteristics of the build.

I don't sell these for a living, but may occasionally sell a few from time

I like the way you put that, Richard. "Characteristics of the build". Not sure it will wash with friends when I tell them that but I'm going to start thinking of the mistakes as characteristics of the build.

I built myself a six string resonator using a proper resonator cone (first photo). Unfortunately this meant I had to set the bridge further up the box than I wanted resulting in little neck overlapping the box in order to get the right scale length. Also to get a decent resonator sound the cone needed enough down pressure (= thick gauge strings = higher pressure on the box). Over a month I noticed the string action getting higher as the neck was gradually pulled up in the neck pocket.
So my options were to add extra support to the neck (didn't work) or lower gauge strings (which lost the resonator sound).
In the end I broke it up for parts and did the sensible thing of buying a resonator cone from Old Lowe - a dream to install, no messing around with a delicate cone and it resonates with lower gauge strings(photo 2).

Looking great David! I'd be properly pleased with this guitar.

My bad . he was a loyal helper ...... ill miss him.

Haha Pick. That looks painful. That's a proper pain in the coccyx. And here I am thinking I get pain in my coccyx all the time. If this carries on the guy's gonna need two wheelchairs!

Let's put this all in perspective. How many of you married a perfect woman (or man)?


Turn your "beauty mistakes" into features. You only had 19 frets when you needed 20? Boo Hoo. Make one out of a nail, a cotter pin, or a bobby pin. Call that one the Magic Mojo Fret. Paint it purple to draw attention to the wart. Trust me, people will ask about it. Now you have a sales opportunity.

Get "perfecter" on your next build. Or go work on practicing your scales. Or drink heavily. Do something with it. Don't let your internal engineer kill the creative spark.

Unless you're actually a po' black sharecropper living in the Mississippi Delta. Then you can write "20 Fret Blues."

My very first build I used finishing nails for frets. Never got it to intonate properly due to not enough neck angle, inconsistent fret slot depth, overeager fret dressing, and stuff I knew I should do, but didn't. The recipient of that git loved it, even though it wouldn't play properly. Turned it into a slider.

Always have, or develop, a Plan Z.

That's all I'm really doing is Boo Hoo-in, not really looking for solutions, if I wanted to fix it now, I know what I need to do, just thought this would be a fun topic kind of a stress reliever.

Te be honest, I love the purple fret idea, I may even steal the name, "The Magic Purple Mojo Fret"

Heck, put it on every git like a signature!

See? Feel free to fret purplously!


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