#1
Ok, I just kind of had a thought while mowing the lawn, I want to try to start building and selling guitars, I'm good at putting in P-ups, pots, and ect. but I'm not sure where to start. I mean, I'm pretty sure I know what I'm doing for the most part, only thing I'm not sure of is how to put a truss rod in the neck. I don't want to order parts, I want to do it purely on my own. Any suggestions?

And if you think this is just a retarded idea, please let me know

Thanks in advance for any info!
#2
You would need to be good for someone to buy them. Make one for yourself and see how it turns out, if its good, start selling
#3
I have the same dream but perhaps a little more grounded veiw of it. I change pups and setup my own stuff and work as a machinest and have my own home workshop in my basement. I would love to open my own guitar store selling custom made guitars and doing repairs.

My plan though is to continue fixing friends guitars and reading and doing as much as possible for now while working my current job and then when im much older possibly opening the shop.

You are not a luthier you dont have enough skills/expierence yet you should try to learn as much as possible or get a job somewhere first so you dont ruin your reputation. Just worry about learning the skills before you worry about the business end. When you have built many nice guitars and seen every type of problem many times and have all the neccisary tools then you will be ready.

Search for luthier books and build some guitars. Everytime you need a tool buy it dont borrow them. Its not a retarded idea at all buddy you can do it just take the time to learn things right don't worry about money worry about quality the money comes later.
#4
Thanks a lot dude! lol I'm only 14, turning 15 soon I know i won't be absolutely amazing at first, everyone comes to be skilled in time. Just thought it would be kool to build guitars and stuff!
#5
Definatly would. I havent done a full build yet myself I got bills like crazy so i cant afford much matirials. I did manage to get some EMGS im putting in this 80s yamaha after i refinish it. Just keep doing as much as you can 14 is a great age to start.

Perhaps see into getting a summer job at a guitar shop. You might have to beg but someone might take you if you seem dedicated to learn enough.

Also definatly sign up for shop class and electronics class if they are available at your school.
#6
Quote by Lasyk
Thanks a lot dude! lol I'm only 14, turning 15 soon I know i won't be absolutely amazing at first, everyone comes to be skilled in time. Just thought it would be kool to build guitars and stuff!

You need to check out some of the amazing build from scratch threads ... one was built/started at 13 years old (Calum). My first mod/assembly (not a build) was at 14, too. I haven't stopped.

So, build one first so you can determine if it's for you. Good Luck.

#7
This is my dream also. I really would like to play in a succesful band but I think building and selling guitars is more practical. I am 16 and have made 2 guitars. The only way to get better is to build more and more.
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#8
i have a similar dream but mine is to take used crappy guitars, make them nice again and sell them on to beginner guitarists, either that or make pedal boards
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#9
Wow lots of people have the same hopes as me, thats pretty kool. I've already asked all the guitar shops near where I live, they won't even listen to me, they wont even let me show them what I can do, I've set multiple of my friends guitars, I've replaced both my pots in my guitar once each, about to put a new volume pot in now lol. I mean I understand that I am quite young for working on fixing other peoples guitars professionally, but I'm willing to bet if they could see my bass they'd put some thought into hiring me.
#10
Oh, I was just at a guitar shop yesterday, they have a few parts, I'm thinking about buying all the necessary parts to try and build one, I know its not necessarily "from scratch" but do you think that is a good idea?
#11
^^^ you will need to start actaully building guitars. Just replacing pots isnt anything special.
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#12
Yeah, I know that, I just mean it shows that I already have some of the basic skills required to build a guitar, I was also top of my class in woodshop.
#13
I've built around 7 or 8 guitars I'm currently working on a few (check out some of my build threads) I've been building guitars for around a year and a half now, it is a very fun hobby, but definitely an expensive one. recently I've started to sell the guitars that I've built. and I'll tell you if your in it for the money you shouldn't consider doing it. At the age of 14 years old building and selling guitars for profit is a little unrealistic. You have to start small, just build guitars for yourself. When you build your first guitar you'll realize that you need to work a lot on your skills before you can sell a guitar. The only way you will be able to sell guitars is if you sell the cheap, people aren't going to buy a 2000$ guitar from a kid with little experience, but they WILL buy a 500$ guitar with a kid with some experience that makes a decent quality guitar.
#14
Yeah, I do unerstand that it will take sometime to build up my reptation and my skills to acctually start making money from it. Thanks
#16
Quote by Lasyk
Thanks a lot dude! lol I'm only 14, turning 15 soon I know i won't be absolutely amazing at first, everyone comes to be skilled in time. Just thought it would be kool to build guitars and stuff!

I was 13 when I built my first guitar (I'm 14 now) and, there was trouble, but now it's a sweet axe!
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#17
Not a stupid idea. But with the economy the way it is right now and trying to compete with the asians not a way to make money. If you break even youll be lucky. People want really nice guitars most just dont want to pay for them. Go look thru the threads on here and see how many are looking for the "cheapest" guitar. Or how to get the price down on one they are buying. If you had a source for really cheap wood and had all the tools then you might do pretty well. But the cost of tools will pile up fast and take alot of guitars to pay for them. And quality wood for guitars isnt cheap. Ask the guy from ormsby guitars about the business.
#18
For now I'm not in this for the cash at all, I just want to make some guitars, one for myself, one for my girlfriend, and then just dabble around in it for a bit, probably when I'm older I'll try to make a buisness out of it.