Building An Electric Guitar? Making an electric guitar can be complicated and simple all at the same time. You need to have patience and plenty of time when you go to sit down and create it; you also need to have everything that you will need in order to complete it from start to finish so you don’t need to worry about anything while you’re in the middle of this whole process. Items that you will need include the following:
- Solder Sleeves
- Guitar Knobs
- Guitar Bridge
- Bosch Angle Grunder
- Arbortech Turbo Plane
- KenCraft Hardwoods
- Matte black or gold acrylic sheet
- Pick guard material, white 3-ply
- Epiphone Les Paul Special
- Tools today CNC bits – Amana Tool set #AMS-132
Once you have gathered all of the above mentioned parts you are ready to get started; so you can now move onto milling your wood and gluing the body of the guitar up. Just make sure to secure the guitar blank and then work on the neck pocket of the guitar. From this point you can work on milling out the areas where the electronics for the guitar are going to go and the design of the body for the guitar itself. You will want to do all of your rough cuts on the band saw and finish up by trimming it flushly. This simply means to also round over the bottom face and top face of the guitar.
When it comes to working on the arm contour of the guitar you will want to use an angle grinder and repeat the same steps for the back side of the guitar for what is known as the belly cut. After this is done you can begin with the headstock; this is where you will cut it and glue it on, let it dry up and then sand it flush and create tuning peg holes. Drill these holes out and you can assemble the neck for the guitar, however you will want to paint it and finish everything else up first before attaching it.
However, once you have the neck attached you can attach the tailpiece and the bridge as well. Align the strings and install the cable jack, then do the pick guard area, a few screws should hold it all down just fine. The last thing you will need to do is to install everything else that goes on the pick guard once you have it in place properly.
You can make an electric guitar pretty easily it just takes a lot of materials and tools to do so as well as a ton of time. Patience is most certainly key when it comes to making one but it is well worth it in the end for several different reasons. Be able to say you know more than how to just play, you know how to make instruments and then some. Having the ability to make what you play and play what you hear helps you to be the best that you can be when it comes to playing.