Can you guys find one that is modern, related to warmoth (seeing as i'm going to buy all my stuff from there) and shows how to put together a metal guitar thats good for cleans (basically an all rounder guitar)?
A couple of the classics are "Build Your Own Electric Guitar" by Bill Foley, and "Make Your Own Electric Guitar" by Melvyn Hiscock. "Guitar Electronics For Musicians" by Donald Brosnac is a little more specialized. However, the single-source, most helpful book I own is Dan Erlewine's "The Guitar Player Repair Guide." His sections on detail work like nuts and fretwork is way better than the all-in-one books - you don't need to cut the wood, right? Another really useful book is "The New Wood Finishing Book" by Michael Dresdner. I don't know how good your state library system is, but in many places you can request all these books for free through the inter-library loan programs and see which ones work the best. Just the Erlewine book alone, and some judicious internet questing, provide enough info to do a great job - provided you have some tools, some experience working with wood, some patience and an IQ somewhat higher than a bar of soap.
Erlewine's book is a must have for any guitarist who changes their own strings. I've also really enjoyed Build Your Own Electric Guitar by Martin Oakham. Both of these books are great but don't cover finishing in detail. I don't know a book that does but these forums are great for that... or just get a finished body.
I read Dan Erlewine's book, but thought the plot was convoluted and the love-interest felt tacked on.
No, seriously. Patience is the key, especially when doing finishes. There have been so many times that after I screwed something up, I wished I had just been a bit more patient. On that note, using a blow dryier to get your finish to cure faster, might seem like a good idea, but it isn't. Trust me.
I can do half of the first part, and basically all of the second part.
The first part i can bolt the neck onto the body, install tuners, knobs, nut. But i can't do the soldering of the wires and all the electrical business. Take the Capacitors and the Potentiometers, how do you change these around so, in my case, two are volume and two are tone?
So, more specifically, How to install electrical and mechanical innards of a guitar.(Doesn't have to have that title, but that should be the content.)
Seymour Duncan has a selectable page that spits up wiring diagrams for just about any switching/pickup combination imaginable.
Be warned: all the different pickup companies use different pickup wire color codes, no doubt just to make life unfair. You have to translate the codes for different pickup brands:
Stew-Mac has a perfunctory explanation of how to solder, but you really, really want the Erlewine book too:
There's a few cheap Radio Shack things that make it easier, little alligator clamps, all the tweezers and pliers you can muster, electrical tape, heat shrink tubing, regular old tape to hold stuff in place to solder on, etc. A functioning grasp of common sense is your best bet.
Soldering is more science than art, but Einstein's grade-school teachers thought he was an idiot... he probably was, for a while there. Most people ease into all this by fixing other guitars first. Ask lots of questions. If the first guitar doesn't burn you out totally, by the fourth or fifth one you'll want to try some wiring scheme that has never existed before in the whole universe - it's just a matter of inserting bits of one diagram into another. Electricity is really kind of simple, it just starts one place, goes to a thing that dicks with it somehow, then on to another thing that dicks with it some more, and so on until it pops out the chute.