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How To Build Guitars

  • PAINT AND POLISH Starting on the neck

    Ok now the body complete (without touch ups) I’m starting on the neck.. (DON’T PUT TO MUCH PAINT ON IT)  They advised me that to much paint will have a dentening in the overall sound of the instrument.. So I ditched my idea of completely painting it up and went with a more subtle aproach.. I just…

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  • Step 6: PAINT AND POLISH

    Cheep / Quick / will work but it not the proper method is simply Scuff the clear coat using scotch brite pad. (make sure to do this evenly) If you want you can also use 600-800 grit sand paper, something for the paint to bite too. The correct way is Long and Boring , but it will…

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  • Step 5: PREP THE BODY

    PLUG THE PORES What you use to prep the body for paint depends on the chosen finish that you will go with. For a solid color finish you will want to fill any of the pores with a wood filler or Bondo glazing putty. I prefer Bondo because it dries quickly and sands smooth. Use…

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  • Step 4: DRILLING THE HOLES AND SHAPING THE BODY

    DRILLING THE HOLES Now is a good time to drill the holes for the neck, pick up rings, bridge, string furreles, the control plate and cavity. Here is where I wish I had a drill press but I don’t, so I just use a hand held drill. It doesn’t matter wher you start drilling you…

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  • Step 3: ROUTING THE BODY AND CAVITIES

    THE BODY This is where your guitar starts to take shape. After you have finnished your design you will need to trace it onto the wood that you are going to use for the template or body. A solid blank of tonewood that you can get from online retailers like Catalina Guitars can run anywhere…

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  • Step 2: DESIGN AND PLAN

    PRE-DESIGN INFO Before you can design your guitar you must know a few important rules to building guitars. The first and most important is “Know Your Scale Length”. SCALE LENGTH What is a “Scale Lenght?” The scale lenght is the lenght the string travels between the nut at the top of the fretboard and the…

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  • Step 1: TOOLS, PARTS AND SUPPLIERS

    Tools Needed Plunge Router and Router Bits (I use a Skill router with a 1/4″ bit, a 1/2″ bit with ball bearing guide and a 1/2″ round over bit) Drill and Drill Bits (A basic electric drill and bit set with an optional 6″ sanding disk for carving down the body, and a 1/2″ Forstner…

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  • Build Your Own Electric Guitar!

    Have you ever looked at a guitar and wondered, “How do they make that?” Or thought to yourself, “I bet that I could build my own guitar,” but never actually tried it? I have built several electric guitars over the years and through trial and error have learned many helpful tips that anyone who might…

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  • Step 6: Routing the Pickup Cavity

    The next step in this process is to make a template for the routing. What I did was trace my pickup onto a thin piece of wood. I then roughly traced around the outside of the pickguard a little bit bigger than the size of the pickup. I then took a very small router bit…

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  • Step 5: The Pickguard

    For this, I used a standard stratocaster pickguard, but it did not fit. I ended up having to cut the pickguard apart on the scroll saw, so it changed from being a stratocaster pickguard to a telecaster pickguard. Now I only need two pickups for my guitar which will save me money. I will also…

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  • Step 3: Neck Cutout

    This next step includes routing, chiseling, and drilling. The first thing you need to do, is to take your guitar neck and trace it onto the top of the guitar. Now, you should take the router, set it to the right depth, and stay close to the line. Now you should clean up the corners…

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