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