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Making An Electric Guitar From Home – Is It Possible? | Teach Yourself Guitar Now

Making An Electric Guitar From Home – Is It Possible?

If much like me you’re an keen guitar player, you may at some period have thought about how complicated it would be to one day build your own electric guitar at home. It is a question that I thought about long ago and ever since then I have crafted a variety of electric guitars employing somewhat standard and reasonably priced tools.

Yes it is definitely possible to construct an excellent instrument at home, and below I will tell you some tips I have acquired over the years and also some of the tools I have used.

The first thing I would suggest is to search online for one of the numerous publications on guitar building. Additionally, there are some wonderful online resources supplying priceless information on the subject.

The next thing to carry out would be to commence sketching the body shape of the guitar you would like on a big sheet of paper. Check out many single and double cutaway designs on the market to assist you with your design. You might of course just decide to imitate one of the well known models.

To start your project you will want to find a good work space (the garage is invariably very good) as well as some good quality hardwood. There are a number of traders of musical instrument wood on the internet and if you do some research you can see what hardwoods have been made use of by the primary manufacturers, for example Gibson and Fender. You will need wood for the body, guitar neck and fretboard.

Many of the companies will also provide most of the hardware required for the project for example the machine heads, fret wire, bridge, tailpiece and so on. They would even offer pearl inlays for the fret board. For the guitar pickups I would check out a specialist maker as good quality humbuckers, Stratocaster, P-90 or Telecaster pickups are essential.

As far as the various tools required for the job go, there will be a need for general woodworking tools for example: files, electric sander, electric drill, jig saw, chisels, good quality steel ruler, sandpaper, coping saw, fret saw, soldering iron, good wood glue, some strong clamps and so forth. There will also be the need for some more advanced electric tools, the most important being the electric router. The router is the electric guitar makers most important friend and would be used throughout the project to carry out several tasks for example: routing the pickup and control cavities, routing the neck socket and also the truss rod channel and lots of other jobs. You may manage with a lot of chiseling rather than a router but I definitely would not advise this, especially as routers have come down so much in cost. Some people insist that you have to employ a band saw to cut out the body and neck shapes but I have always managed nicely with a good quality jig saw.

Other tools that I use which are not crucial are an electric spindle sander, a drill press and a tiny hobby drill. The spindle sander is a fantastic tool for sanding the body and neck sides without burning the wood. The jig saw can cut to within just 5mm of the finished design and the spindle sander can finish up to the template line.

One of the more complex elements of the complete process is the cutting of the fret slots because these have to be really exact. Luckily some suppliers offer for sale fret boards already slotted.

Once you’ve got the appropriate hardwood, your layout on paper, your tools (normal and some advanced) and your components, your are on your way.

This is not a ‘how to’ article, it aims to address whether it is possible to build an electric guitar from home, which it most definitely is. Naturally it goes without saying that electric tools can be extremely hazardous and you should only attempt a project like this if you are confident in your woodworking ability, if not, you’ll have to just buy a guitar after all.

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