Budget Guild Thunderbird!

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Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:46 am

Hey guys
After browsing through the for sales on an offset guitars Facebook group, I managed to score a complete mij jazzmaster harness with pickups for £38 including postage to my door!

My plans are as follows:
-Make guild thunderbird plans (as I can't find any online)
-Adapt them for a squier strat neck pocket (my buddy has one I can have for free
-Build body using 4 layers of 10mm ply
-use JM pickups and electronics possibly with extra switches for series wiring or different caps
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Re: Budget Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Sat Jan 12, 2019 10:49 am

I'm planning on making plans for the body tonight at some poont using a face on picture of a thunderbird and photoshop. We'll so how that goes and if I'm successful I'll post them on here :)

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Re: Budget Thunderbird!

Post by kdanie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:23 pm

Is the Thunderbird based on the Firebird? If it is here's some gibson drawings to work with:

https://sites.google.com/site/guitarpla ... s/gibson-e

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Re: Budget Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:02 pm

kdanie wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:23 pm
Is the Thunderbird based on the Firebird? If it is here's some gibson drawings to work with:

https://sites.google.com/site/guitarpla ... s/gibson-e

ken
Hey Ken, I appreciate the help but this will be based on the guild thunderbird guitar rather than the gibson thunderbird bass. Heres an actual guild version and the image I'll use to make my template

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Re: Budget Thunderbird!

Post by kdanie » Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:33 pm

Interesting, never seen one of those.. Good luck on your project.

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Re: Budget Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:54 pm

kdanie wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 4:33 pm
Interesting, never seen one of those.. Good luck on your project.

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Thanks Ken, they're a bit of an oddball that's recently been reissued build is still out of my price range so I thought I'd give it a go building one myself

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Re: Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by epizootics » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:03 pm

That's an offset...Just the other way around! Those are cool little weird guitars. What are you planning to do for a finish?
Let us know if you need a hand with the template, it's a quick process with my CAD software. But it's a skill that's worth developing anyway :)

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Re: Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:02 am

epizootics wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:03 pm
That's an offset...Just the other way around! Those are cool little weird guitars. What are you planning to do for a finish?
Let us know if you need a hand with the template, it's a quick process with my CAD software. But it's a skill that's worth developing anyway :)
I hadn't planned that far ahead if I'm honest haha. I was thinking I'd like to give the whole speedball black indian ink thing a go but I also think such a freaky guitar deserves a freaky finish. After reading up on the milk paint process thats a possibility. I'm open to anything that I can apply by hand as I don't have a spray gun and rattle can finishes can be hit and miss so with my limited experience it would probably not be good haha

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Re: Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:05 am

epizootics wrote:
Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:03 pm
That's an offset...Just the other way around! Those are cool little weird guitars. What are you planning to do for a finish?
Let us know if you need a hand with the template, it's a quick process with my CAD software. But it's a skill that's worth developing anyway :)
Also, help with the template would be great. It's been a long time since ive used any CAD software

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Re: Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by TeenageShutdown! » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:30 am

Over at the LetsTalkGuild forum there’s a lengthy T-Bird build thread going on that may be of use to you. I can’t post the link from my phone, but if you go to the forum it’s under the Solid/ Chambered section. The responses can be slow, but they’re a polite group of people & very knowledgeable. Good luck with your project.

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Re: Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:43 am

TeenageShutdown! wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:30 am
Over at the LetsTalkGuild forum there’s a lengthy T-Bird build thread going on that may be of use to you. I can’t post the link from my phone, but if you go to the forum it’s under the Solid/ Chambered section. The responses can be slow, but they’re a polite group of people & very knowledgeable. Good luck with your project.
Hey, thanks I'll check that out!

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Re: Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by 07hubbardj » Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:53 am

So, update time. My electronics have arrived and I've been sent through a plan for the body.
Next is to get the ply for the body (hopefully my friend can "acquire"some from work) and to grab the neck from my buddy. Also, I need to make a plan for what sort of bridge setup I'm going for yet. I have a few spares laying about. A few chinese strat trems, a squier tele bridge and a tuneomatic or 2 so I think the latter is what I'll go for. I also have some string through ferrules knocking about. So, TOM and string through rather than a tailpiece is on the cards!

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Re: Budget Guild Thunderbird!

Post by CROSS_guitars » Wed Jan 16, 2019 6:24 am

Sorry to completely hijack this thread but I felt compelled to share this crazy idea I had.

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