TI4-1009 wrote:Wow! Your request is sort of like "I'm just learing to drive, I've never worked on a car before, but I'd like to build a Ferrari 308GTB- any ideas?"!!! Anything's possible, but some things are more difficult than others. To build a Tiger you would need some basic and some advanced woodworking skills and tools, a good knowledge of musical instrument building- all the little tricks and musical physics stuff, a selection of specialized luthier tools, a knowledge of guitar electronics and soldering, and then the "artwork and craftsmanship" that goes into it. A tall order.
You can learn much of the basics from books and websites, and some of the Tiger-specific stuff here. Obviously the logical way to do it would be to start with something easier and learn the basics- even something like a basic Warmoth body and neck, add the electronics, see what works and what doesn't, then go from there.
I think this pretty much nails it. If you want a guitar that looks like Tiger, and more importantly sounds
like Tiger, you need to pay attention to the myriad details that made this particular guitar unique. And there are a lot of details! Basically, every component and construction decision plays a role in the final look and sound of the instrument. For an accessible example, look at something as common as a Stratocaster: cheap Stratocaster knockoffs made in China and Indonesia look about the same as genuine Fender "Made in America" Strats, but they sure don't play or sound the same. The devil is always in the details.
To give you more focused advice I think you need to tell us your actual level of woodworking experience, your budget, and how much you want to do yourself vs. buying someone else's body, neck, or complete guitar. Many of us have taken guitars made by others and modified them to use the same pickups and electronics that Jerry & Co. used in Tiger, with varying degrees of success and faithfulness to the source, so that's a decent option and worth considering. There are also luthiers, on this forum and elsewhere, who are dedicated to making affordable and not-so-affordable Tiger copies, so if you desire something that's as close to a clone of Tiger as possible, that would be the most cost effective way to go about this. Trust me, I spent several months last Fall "Tiger-izing" my guitar, buying parts and doing the work in a friend's woodworking shop, and even with an existing guitar and free labor, it was expensive to do this correctly. It was very rewarding -- I enjoyed the process a lot, and I'm thrilled with how my guitar turned out! -- but it sure didn't save me much money over paying one of the luthiers on this forum to do the work. Something to think about.