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Custom Electric Guitar Body

This is an entry to the ShopBot Contest. Its been a long time in the making. Lenny and I have been planing this instructable for quite a while. The contest got us  to try and hurry up, unfortunately we ran into many obstacles. This in combination with our busy college lives (18+ hours a semester) turned 'DIY Custom Electric Guitars' into 'Custom Electric Guitar Bodies'. Hopefully we will be able to finish this instructable later and be able to share the guitar making process with everyone here at Instructables!

If we win we will be using our ShopBot to make custom guitars, of course, but we have much bigger plans. We have many generator ideas as well as designs for other projects that we wish to prototype. We even have a few things we want to develop and share here, along with many projects simply for fun. All of our designs have to do with cleaning the environment up, as well as true green energy, among other things. The environment is very dear to us here in this very beautiful neck of woods directly off the Appalachian Trail. (Picture of Laurel Falls attached.)

Enough of my rambling, on the 'ible. :)

- Christian and Lenny
 
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Step 1: What You Need

Materials:
Wood of your choice (24" X 16" or large enough for your design)
Pink Panther Foam (For prototyping)

Tools:
CNC Router and Bits
A Computer
AutoCAD or Equivalent

Knowledge:
Basic Skills with AutoCAD (Minimum)
Basic CNC Router Safety, Programming and Operation

AutoCAD 30-day trial is available here:
http://usa.autodesk.com/autocad/trial/

An educational (non-commercial) copy of AutoCAD is also available free if you have a .edu email address.