#1
So I'm taking a woodshop class in school and I already know quite a bit about tools and such. If I brought in whatever type of wood, do you think a beginner could cut the shape with only the help of online instructions (if not, there's always the teacher to ask for help)? For the body type, I would choose the Dean ML shape and I would go to the Dean website and either e-mail them and ask for specs and a blueprint or simply use the forums. Plausibility? I'm not your average 17 year old, so if this is a "do-able" challenge then I'll definitely try and take it on. The only issue I'd have is most likely the inside of guitar. I don't know if the electronics are as simple as the pickups and jack (haven't seen the belly of an axe yet) or if one needs to actually cut the body in half, hollow a ton of it out, and go from there. I'll look it up here in a second, anyway.

Plus, if I get to tackle this then I get to cross "guitar" off of my build list. Only ones left to do would be a computer, an amplifier, a house, and a car And if for some reason you guys shoot me down with a resounding "no" then I'll try my hand at a guitar stand instead, haha.
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#2
Of course you can build it! You have to start somewhere. Just remember, you need to do A LOT of research. Martin Koch's book looks to be good, and theirs countless websites you can use : frets.com, stewmac, project guitar, here. I've yet to build one, but just remember. Don't rush it, use the right tools, and think things out before doing them and you should be fine. Oh, and when in doubt, stop, and ask UG :P

Do it! And make sure to keep us updated.
#3
Quote by cjmabry
Of course you can build it! You have to start somewhere. Just remember, you need to do A LOT of research. Martin Koch's book looks to be good, and theirs countless websites you can use : frets.com, stewmac, project guitar, here. I've yet to build one, but just remember. Don't rush it, use the right tools, and think things out before doing them and you should be fine. Oh, and when in doubt, stop, and ask UG :P

Do it! And make sure to keep us updated.


God, that was absolutely the best news I've gotten this month, haha. I was half expecting the "there are some specific things (tools, etc) that you'll need and probably don't have," but this... Epic... As for the research part, I've confused myself with wood types and the like to the point of building a guitar, so I'll definitely be reading my butt off. "When in doubt, do not proceed" is a shop motto I'll live by, so I'll be sure to stay informed and aware and I'll post what I can relating to the actual guitar (hey look, another reason to buy a camera). I'm looking forward to more replies, but you just made my day, sir
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God, that was absolutely the best news I've gotten this month, haha. I was half expecting the "there are some specific things (tools, etc) that you'll need and probably don't have," but this... Epic... As for the research part, I've confused myself with wood types and the like to the point of building a guitar, so I'll definitely be reading my butt off. "When in doubt, do not proceed" is a shop motto I'll live by, so I'll be sure to stay informed and aware and I'll post what I can relating to the actual guitar (hey look, another reason to buy a camera). I'm looking forward to more replies, but you just made my day, sir


Glad I could help haha.

There will be some specific tools you might need, probably for stuff like fretting, but the woodshop should have most of of the generic tools you'll need.

Good luck!
#5
Get Make Your Own Electric Guitar by Melvyn Hiscock. It's one of the best, if not the best, guitar building reference. As for the shape, there are always templates floating around on the internet. projectguitar.com has a lot of good tutorials. Check out their forums for build threads. There's a few good build threads on here as well. https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1195306 Here's the links to all the important stuff on UG. Check out the tonewood thread so you get an idea of what woods you might want.
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#6
We've had people do this before actually. Its perfectly doable, and you'll come away with something you'll use rather than let it gather dust. Looking into books for research is a great idea, but theres also a wealth of info in the GB&C hub thread (salsawords posted the link). And anything you cant find, ask us! Odds are the guitar will come out pretty good, too, because you're getting a grade for it.
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#7
I second the Hiscock book. I've got it, and although I haven't tried making a guitar yet, I'm sure it'll be a huge help if I do.

There's a good chance you'll have to buy a few specialist tools for a full guitar build, but like others have said the woodshop should have most of the basic tools you need.
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Quote by Confuse-a-Cat
I second the Hiscock book. I've got it, and although I haven't tried making a guitar yet, I'm sure it'll be a huge help if I do.

There's a good chance you'll have to buy a few specialist tools for a full guitar build, but like others have said the woodshop should have most of the basic tools you need.


Quote by cjmabry
Glad I could help haha.

There will be some specific tools you might need, probably for stuff like fretting, but the woodshop should have most of of the generic tools you'll need.

Good luck!


So other than the things I'll find floating out in cyber space and UG, Hiscock's book is probably a must for me since I'm a beginner (plus, it wouldn't hurt, anyway). As for the "specialist tools," may you please name some if you can? I assume most of then would be for the neck, so I think I'll save neck-building for another time and just work on the body because I'm pretty sure necks are layered and much more advanced than the body cutouts.
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#9
necks are tough. thats not to say they're undo-able in a first build. the best advice for a neck: PRACTICE. get a few pieces of cheap pine to work on. its entirely possible to hand-carve a neck on your first build. the only "special" tool you will need is a spokeshave. the fretboard can be bought pre-slotted, so all you have to worry about are the frets themselves. a truss rod is as simple as a route along the length of the neck, placing the rod in, and a few drops of glue to hold it in place.
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#10
or if you don't want to fool with frets, make a fretless 6 string bass with tremolo and be the envy of....me :P lol


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#14
Quote by AngusJimiKeith
the fretboard can be bought pre-slotted, so all you have to worry about are the frets themselves.


This is true, but make sure that you get the right scale length. To find your scale length measure how long it is from the nut to the bridge, when you build it anyway :P Im 15, building my own guitar, and i have a LOT of the same questions! (I'm gonna be working on a copy of Randy Rhoads' polka dot V)

Good luck to ya!
#15
Dude, An Electric Gitar is just a cutting board with holes for the electronics and pickups and a neck bolted on it. You Can Do It.
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#16
Quote by salgala2000
Where did you get all the tools?!


My dad. Also garage sales.

I improvised and made do with the tools I had for most of it.

All you really need bare minimum is a spoke shave a router and some sand paper. O and a drill.

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#17
The information on the threads posted above is great. I found a thread on projectguitar.com by a dude who goes by "sdshirtman". He started from scratch and has posted A LOT of pics. It's looking pretty good and has inspired me, at 40, to start building. I think it's great that you young guys are getting into building at your age. I wish I had started when I was a teen. You can definitely do it, and as you may already know, it's all cake after your first successful build. I wish you the best of luck and please keep us posted with pics as you go along. Have fun!
#18
I was wanting to make a guitar when I was in shop class, but I didn't really know how to do it, and they only had one kind of wood there, oak. I would have had to go buy my own wood somewhere else. So, I made a big, fancy, guitar cabinet. I'm glad I did too.
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