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How many hours does it take on average to build a guitar apart from all metal hardware installation..talking about a prs style guitar without a paint finish and without inlays just tung oil but with an archtop obviously. My father in law is gonna do the woodwork and ill do the rest or take it to a luthier.
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You talking about a very wide margin here. It could take you a week it could take you over a year. There is no 'average' it all depends on your skill set.




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You talking about a very wide margin here. It could take you a week it could take you over a year. There is no 'average' it all depends on your skill set.



well he is a professional carpenter but he hasnt made a guitar before.
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You talking about a very wide margin here. It could take you a week it could take you over a year. There is no 'average' it all depends on your skill set.


Yeah, folks like JSC and Ormsby can get one done in a week, easily. If you plan thoroughly and work within your limits, it could take a few weeks to a month or two. Or you could spread it out over a few months to a year, and take your time.

It depends on your skill, your experience, how much planning you've done, and how good you want the finished product to be.
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I could probably bang out a guitar, ready for finish, in about 2 weeks - given my wacky schedule and my occassional desire to procrastinate... If i were to tally up all of the time in my first build it wouldn't really amount to that many hours... it's all dependant on your dedication and your schedule.

Speaking of which, I'm going to start my neck thru king v build soon
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^ +1 I have procrastinated so much, yet my actual work shop hours are very small.

I guess he could probably do all the wood work in under a week depending on his schedual, given that he is a pro carpenter and should probably have the right tools.

But as minty pointed out, on a first build especially, planning is the key to success.




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now, why the heck would you want someone else to do all of the work for you?! there's an old saying... catch me a fish, I'll eat for today, Teach me to fish, I'll eat for a lifetime.

Have your father in law teach you how to do the woodworking and do the fretting, wiring and setup yourself.

Before I started my build all i knew how to do was change strings, set action and adjust a truss rod... now I can build an entire guitar from scratch, laminate, install frets, inlay, build pups, etc, etc, etc...


although i dont particularly care for fish much...
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Timpson Guitars and TDM Pickups rock ;D

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now, why the heck would you want someone else to do all of the work for you?! there's an old saying... catch me a fish, I'll eat for today, Teach me to fish, I'll eat for a lifetime.

Have your father in law teach you how to do the woodworking and do the fretting, wiring and setup yourself.

Before I started my build all i knew how to do was change strings, set action and adjust a truss rod... now I can build an entire guitar from scratch, laminate, install frets, inlay, build pups, etc, etc, etc...


although i dont particularly care for fish much...


He lives in a different continent so its difficult. Plus im Aries so i never finish ANYTH
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now, why the heck would you want someone else to do all of the work for you?! there's an old saying... catch me a fish, I'll eat for today, Teach me to fish, I'll eat for a lifetime.

Have your father in law teach you how to do the woodworking and do the fretting, wiring and setup yourself.

Before I started my build all i knew how to do was change strings, set action and adjust a truss rod... now I can build an entire guitar from scratch, laminate, install frets, inlay, build pups, etc, etc, etc...


although i dont particularly care for fish much...


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Ever since I got my first guitar, I've always done all of the modding and maintenance work myself, either with my own tools or tools blagged from my dad. It's much more rewarding to do yourself, and it helps you to get your foot through the door, into the fascinating world of guitar building.

Technically, I started my build about three months ago, when I started planning. I already knew how to set-up, adjust, and wire guitars, but I knew nothing about their design. It took months to analyse guitar designs in my head, and identify most of the rules and important factors in guitar design, but now I can bash-off a workable design in less than an hour. The same goes for the woodwork. Sure, I'm still rubbish, but I'm surprised at how much better I am with the tools, than when I first started, or with the refinishes and stuff that I did before.

I think that you'd be foolish to be defeatist, and pass the project to someone else. You could benefit much more by undertaking the work yourself.


Edit: I like Seabass, in particular.