Making a Laminated HollowBody Electric Guitar Paperback – February 4, 2005
by James English
I'd also recommend Benedetto's book.
If you carve the top and back out of solid wood then you don't need to tool up for the laminated top. When you carve the inside of the arch, leave the material...
I'm selling my K 136 clone. It's been a wall hanger in my music room and has seen very little use. Great blues guitar. I built it to the original specs and derived the body shape from a tracing off an original. The neck is mahogany and rosewood and the body is poplar. The scale is 26" and 1 5/8"...
I don't think you'll even need a hand saw. There's only a few degrees of angle there. Making sure you leave the shelf for the nut flat will be the biggest thing to watch out for. Use the edge of a ruler to check for flatness as you work.
Mark the nut location on the top and side of the neck blank. Draw the taper on the side front of the headstock and use a block plane to take it down to your lines. The angle was very shallow on the h44. It shouldn't take much time to do it by hand.
For anyone interested in reading more about what Helldunkel has mentioned should check out this book. It's REAL facts about wood, not the marketing talk we've all become accustomed to...
Sorry, but you're waayyyyyyy off base with your time estimates. If it takes someone 2 hours to draw up, program and cut 2 humbucker routes then they are simply not very proficient with the machine or software.