Acoustic Guitar Building With Robbie O’Brien

I am thinking of giving acoustic guitar making lessons on a 1-to-1 personal basis. I knew that fine acoustic guitars were hand built works of art, but I guess I had never really thought of building them as a hobby. I know professional spray the neck and the body separately and then glue the neck on, but this is my first build, I didn’t want to spend money in clear and stain until I was sure the guitar will work and sound good. Study all available information on guitar building and use procedures you believe are best. I haven’t tried MDF myself for building a guitar, only for speakers (with great success).

I actually planned on making more than one (and have), but chose that path to get a better understanding of how they are put together (without the added cost of jig building). Starting at the four-inch mark, measure up the neck the length of the measurement of the cigar box that you just took and make another mark. Once all the glue is dry, remove the tape from the lid and the rubber bands from the neck.

This is the same process at the other end of the guitar body: the ‘heel grafts’ inlaid on the shoulder of the upper bout adjacent to the neck heel. Sure, you could get a typical (boring) set of East Indian Rosewood for about $75, but EVERY production rosewood guitar is made with it, and since you’ll eventually spend months crafting the guitar, it’s worth the marginal splurge to get something exotic. For example…Most of an acoustic bass guitar is comprised of pieces best fashioned by using tools such as a scroll saw(unless you have the time, patience and skill to hand-carve).

The course is currently taught on Saturday and Sunday mornings in 3 hour sessions, the ultimate aim being to build an acoustic guitar from ‘scratch’ using hand tools. This may sound a bit odd but hang in there with me. Once you have wired everything up and area ready to put the strings on. Plug your guitar in, and put it through an amp with a bit of drive, not too much, just a little. The books and reference materials you’re using to guide you through the building process will help determine when the fingerboard is attached.

Design and build your personal guitar or bass from scratch (no prefab bodies or kits) using the same methods and equipment used by custom builders and manufacturers, including hand tools as well as top-of-the-line technology. Last, he will understand the value and use of good construction plans and how they are used to make building patterns. Six-week course covering all aspects of the process from design to construction to finishing of a flat-top guitar. Tuning a standard guitar any lower than that isn’t ideal as the strings start flapping around.

All Parts are Included to Build a Complete Electric Guitar No Finishing Material Included. I put a layer of Coremat all along the edges of the guitar and down the center from the neck. One-Day Seminar (Saturdays): This comprehensive seminar will cover material selection, guitar setup, and general repairs. Most modern fretted instruments have some type of neck reinforcement or adjustable truss rod.building an acoustic guitar from scratch

Any energy spent bending the guitar body is energy taken away from the sound of the instrument. Sorry i can’t give you any pointers as it was so long ago and there is a world of difference in building an electric as opposed to an acoustic. Added to the Spring 2009 classes is Set-neck Electric Guitar and Bass Building. The polymer finish is far more scratch resistant than shellac or lacquer, and rarely cracks or crazes with abrupt temperature changes. It takes MacCubbin 150 hours over two to three months to build a guitar from scratch.

On the edge of your neck board where the neck meets the head, make a mark 1/4″ away from the head. My goal is to write instructional articles about every process of acoustic guitar building, so you can easily follow along. As for the guitar skillz, hmmmm I don’t know I think ya should stick to them drums. However, if you have time and some skill there is no reason not to build the neck as well. I don’t know if I will ever build one but I do really enjoy this sidestep from the normal projects to further our imagination. I have made a couple and it isn’t that difficult…but in saying that it does depend on exactly what you want to build.

After the neck angle has been set to the body and the engraving has thoroughly dried, the cap will be epoxied to the neck heel with a super-strong, slow setting epoxy. However, there’s a very good reason why all high quality guitars are made with solid wood and not laminate – everybody agrees that it makes for a better guitar. I need to do a project for school on building something and learning a new skill. A guitar is more than just a musical instrument for guitarists: for many, it is a symbol of their musical identity and individuality.

Raw materials, including lumber of your choice and the hardware (tuning pegs, etc.) required to make the acoustic bass workable. If you want to leave the wood raw and unfinished, you can start assembling the guitar right now (skip ahead to the next section). Weekly private lessons by expert MI guitar instructors will take your own playing to a new level.

After the neck pieces are glued together as shown, the tenon for attaching the neck to the body is cut; the tenon sides then get a thin cross-grain mahogany lamination on each side, once again for superior strength and structural integrity. After viewing the video the beginning luthier will have specific knowledge of the wood components that go into building a guitar from scratch and know the advantages of building from a structured kit. We will be making what is called a neck trough design where the neck enters one side of the box and exits the other.building an acoustic guitar from scratch

I purchased the kit and when the kit arrived it was very humbling”, realizing so many specialty jigs, forms and techniques were needed to build the kit. I found this book a few years into my career and it is quite simply definitive if you want to learn how to build acoustic guitars. A decorative strip of ebony, thin carbon fiber, or laminating the neck with one or more contrasting woods such as walnut, rosewood, maple, or mahogany, provides an interesting look as well as a stiffer, more warp-resistant neck. Glue the sides of the acoustic guitar to the blocks of wood, one on top and one on the bottom, with the blocks in the area that will be contained inside the guitar.

Despite attempts to cajole me into building one of my own, I adamantly thought for a while that I lacked both the knowledge and the resources to construct one of my own (at the time of writing, I live in a small 4th floor Seattle condo without any extra space or anything resembling a workshop with power tools), so I wrote off the whole idea. I’ve no doubt that Fender could build USA Telecasters for $400 if they really wanted to – but I guess the next question is whether or not that $400 guitar would REALLY be better made than the $300 from Indonesia.

KM Guitars – KM Guitars is a UK company that offers electric guitar building kits that combine the quality woods used in our bodies and necks with the choice of standard hardware kits, or upgrades to the guitar hardware designed by Trevor Wilkinson. Gunn, who has since moved on from kits to scratch builds (he’s on his 26th guitar), photographs each guitar throughout his build, and puts together a photo album using Shutterfly to accompany each guitar he makes and sells.

Before this project, I had never used a hand plane, so a majority of the work I did on the guitar was completely foreign to me. Many times I felt as if I were starting over from the beginning, and many of the things I encountered made me want to throw the thing out a window. Due to the inherent strength of a laminated neck, as well as that of certain hardwoods such as maple, the neck may be so strong that you will not have any Neck Relief. The second reason I’ll laminate a neck blank is if the wood is not generally available quartersawn. The book’s site also has a links page with a section dedicated to guitar circuitry.