How To Build A Guitar

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Playing and learning to play a guitar both require a certain level of commitment and natural talent, the same holds true for building a functional yet attractive guitar. You will thus need to be relatively competent at doing wood work and also have a good ear for pinpointingvarious pitches and sounds. However, after you have completed your project to utmost satisfaction, you will unquestionably derive a strong sense of achievement.

The following instructions should aid you in carrying out this undertaking, do not expect to automatically complete your guitar the first day you choose to begin building, it will require a lot of patience and hence should not be hastened.

Required Tools
Drill and attachment
Bandsaw or jigsaw
Light sandpaper

Required Materials

Two clamps
Three sheets of wood
Pre-made neck and bridge set
Wood glue
Lacquer or wood stain
No less than a dozen wood braces
Two small blocks of hard wood
Guitar strings
Two light weight pieces of a durable kind of wood measuring 3 by 2 feet. These should be of ¼ inch thickness.


1)The first thing that you will be required to do is create the front and back of the acoustic guitar. This will be done by using tracing paper to make the shape of the guitar. Use this tracing paper to make an outline of the shape on each guitar section that will be utilized on either side. After the shape has been formed cut the pieces of wood, for improved symmetry of both front and back you may clamp both sections together and cut using the jigsaw or band saw.
2)Next you will need to create a sound hole for your guitar. This will be placed on the front section. The smaller the hole the more pronounced the bass or low pitched sounds while the larger the hole the greater the treble or higher pitched sounds. The decision will comedown to on personal preference. To do this use a large round drill attachment for more precision.
3)Construct the sides of your guitar. This will require two pieces of wood that are sufficiently long enough to go around the outer areas of the larger pieces with an allowance of 5 inches. You can then shape the wood by hand by putting the pieces in very hot boiling water for a couple seconds. You may need to re-dip the pieces of wood to get the desired shape. This part of the process will ask that you be patient, though adept with your fingers while the wood is still malleable.
4)Join the two sides with blocks of very strong wood glue. When gluing the pieces together you must ensure you let the blocks of glue remain on the inner areas of the guitar where they will be basically invisible. Ensure that they are glued firmly and use your clamps to hold the pieces in position while they dry.
5)You will then need to glue the body sections to the guitar utilizing the wood glue. Like the creation of the base sections, you will have to allow them time to dry thoroughly before moving on from this point.
6)Once the glue has dried you can then sand the guitar body, but gently.
7)Put a lacquer or stain over the guitar body to infuse it with a nice finish. The stain or lacquer should come with its own set directions for application.
8)You can now put on your neck and bridge these are best bought pre-made for better accuracy. You will have to cut small grooves in your guitar to allow these to fit perfectly, utilize a routing tool here. Take measurements while carrying this out for once again, accuracy. Once you are done cutting you can then attach the neck and bridge using the wood glue and let dry.
9)Install your bridge using tiny screws and some glue, this should be affixed just below the sound hole.
10)Put on your strings as you would when changing strings on any guitar.
11)Test your guitar to ensure that it plays the notes as you would expect and listen for any possible flaws in the overall sound.

Tips and Warnings

The total time to finsih this project may take a few weeks to ensure the glue is dry.
You can use templates to increase the accuracy of the guitar’s shape.
Look on a professionally designed guitar to get some fundamental ideas and vital understanding of what your guitar should look like.
Inhaling the glue may be hazardous, therefore it is best that you do this outdoors or in a well ventilated area.

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