#1
The answer might be complicated, but my question is simple:

Can anyone, and I mean literally anyone, build a decent guitar from scratch?
I've checked out some threads of people actually posting the process and here's my impression: making the body can't be too hard, but the neck looks like a horror to make. Am I right in that or does it just look difficult but really isn't? I mean, I suck at fine motor stuff, so there's that...

I guess I'm just looking for somebody to convince me that I can/should do it.

Maybe I should elaborate on my idea.
I have this vision in my head of my 2 dream guitars.
Do either of these seem realizable for a rookie?


SPECS:

Guitar #1:
- Body: T-style
- Neck: Telecaster-esque thickness
- Headstock: no real preference but a (Fire/Thunder)bird headstock might be cool with that
- Pickups: H-S-H, Duncans obviously ; 5-way switch
- Pots & switch: Les Paul type setup (except 3 tone pots, 1 vol pot)
- Locking trem so as to avoid too many tuning problems and have some divebombing fun
- Jack input = strap holder
Oh, and did I mention all of this should be as light as possible?
Details: all black with a white lining and an airbrushed portrait of Kat Von D on the back

Guitar #2 would be a semi acoustic:
- Body: ES-335 style
- Neck: see guitar #1
- Headstock: maybe a custom design for this one
- Pickups: H-H-S ; 3-way switch: the single-coil, the two buckers together and the bridge pup
- Bridge: not sure. Please advise.
- Jack input = strap holder
- Blue or red LED lights in the sound holes.
- All black, lining is whatever color the LEDS are.
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#2
Quote by jcscullery
The answer might be complicated, but my question is simple:

Can anyone, and I mean literally anyone, build a decent guitar from scratch?
I've checked out some threads of people actually posting the process and here's my impression: making the body can't be too hard, but the neck looks like a horror to make. Am I right in that or does it just look difficult but really isn't? I mean, I suck at fine motor stuff, so there's that...


Yes, they can. Bodies are easy to make, but difficult to make really well. The neck is, as you say, a bit of a nightmare. You can do everything as long as you use the right tool for the job and work accurately.

Guitar #1:
- Body: T-style
- Neck: Telecaster-esque thickness
- Headstock: no real preference but a (Fire/Thunder)bird headstock might be cool with that
- Pickups: H-S-H, Duncans obviously ; 5-way switch
- Pots & switch: Les Paul type setup (except 3 tone pots, 1 vol pot)
- Locking trem so as to avoid too many tuning problems and have some divebombing fun
- Jack input = strap holder
Oh, and did I mention all of this should be as light as possible?
Details: all black with a white lining and an airbrushed portrait of Kat Von D on the back


Nice and easy, especially if you buy the neck. Make sure you're good with a router, drill press and soldering iron. Oh, and lots of sanding. The only real challenges here are the neck pocket, which you can get a template for if you use a standard Tele neck, and the finishing with paint or whatever.

Guitar #2 would be a semi acoustic:
- Body: ES-335 style
- Neck: see guitar #1
- Headstock: maybe a custom design for this one
- Pickups: H-H-S ; 3-way switch: the single-coil, the two buckers together and the bridge pup
- Bridge: not sure. Please advise.
- Jack input = strap holder
- Blue or red LED lights in the sound holes.
- All black, lining is whatever color the LEDS are.


As optimistic as I may be, there's pretty much no way with this one.
#3
you can always get a kit where you have to glue and assemble the entire guitar and paint it.

www.byoguitar.com
www.guitarfetish.com

these sites have decent kits and they run $200ish. They even have the ES-335 style


www.warmoth.com would be worth a look, but they are more expensive
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Last edited by Robbgnarly at Nov 24, 2013,