I got a sweet new guitar, and it didn't come with a case. The shop didn't have a reasonably priced one, so I figured it can't be that hard to make one. Nature deciding to turn Atlanta into a frozen wasteland this week gave me the opportunity to knock this out in 2 (snow) days. (This project can totally be completed in 1 day, as long as you calculate your material needs correctly before beginning. I did not do this.)

The dimensions here will work for most Gibson/Epiphone semi-hollowbody electric guitars or similar. Just change them to make it work for you. (An easy way, if your guitar isn't handy, is to find a case online and use its dimensions as a starting point.)

(2) 1/8" MFD, 2 x 4'
(3) 1/4" hardwood, 4" x 4'
(3) 1/4" hardwood, 2" x 4'
(1) 3/4" foam insulation sheet, 4 x 8'
(2) packs of corner covers (8)
(2) 2" hinges
(1) 1" hinge
(2) chest clasps
#6 screws, 1/2"
#6 screws, 1 1/4"
Wood glue
(3 1/2) yards of exterior cover material (I used vinyl)
(1 1/2) yards interior lining material (I used crushed velvet)
Hot glue
Spray adhesive

Step 1: Cutting

Cut the wood into the following pieces:

(2) 19 x 45" (lid/base)
(1) 4" X 18" (neck support)

4" & 2" hardwood:
(2 each) 44" long (sides)
(2 each) 19" long (front/back)

(1) 17 1/2 x 43 1/2"
(1) 17 1/2 x 33 1/2"
(2) 17 1/2 x 23 1/2"
(1) 17 1/2 x 10"

<p>Awesome build. I have two basses and I plan on trying this out. What is the weight of the case. Would it be uncomfortably heavy hauling around to shows</p>
<p>It's pretty heavy, heavier than most other hard cases I've had. You can reduce the weight by using plywood instead of MDF and wood.</p>
<p>There is only a slight mod that needs to be made. It needs a hinged storage compartment on both sides of the neck for picks, cords, straps, capo and/or sheet music. Good job great instructible.</p>
<p>I'm actually planning on doing just that. Shouldn't be difficult at all. The Instructable will be updated once done.</p>
this is awesome can you extend the case to fit a bass? or will I Have to start from scratch?
Absolutely. You'll probably need to get a 4 x 8' sheet of MDF or plywood, as basses are typically a good bit longer than guitars, and will also need to go up to 1&quot; wood in order to get the extra length for the sides. I'd definitely recommend buying a handle instead of making one, as it's going to be a decent bit heavier; better not to risk it.

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