I am a sophomore Technology Education undergrad at the college of New Jersey. This past fall I took an introductory materials course and decided to push my skills and make a playable electric guitar for my final project. It was a sporadic decision; I only gave myself two and half weeks to make the whole thing. I have had wood working experience in high school but this was by far my most extensive project with a lot of room for error. But I pulled it off! In just two and half weeks I created a custom guitar (not the neck) in a college lab and my dorm room that actually looks ok and to my surprise, actually sounds pretty good. The guitar is not finished; there are plenty of finishing touches left, which I plan to do once the spring semester is over in May. This guide however, is my step-by-step guide beginners guide on how to make a custom guitar of your very own! I apologize for the lack in pictures when actually making the cuts, I was working alone for most of this and everything happens so fast when you’re in the moment, the last thing you remember is to take pictures. Happy woodworking everyone!

Project Overview
Before we get started, I want to lie out each step of the build process so we can wrap our mind around the whole project.

1.Materials- Get your materials first, trust me, I know it sucks to dish out the cash up front but it is important to have all of your parts
    before you start when you make anything custom. Everything is fabricated to fit your parts.
2. Design and Templates - Figure out the general design of the guitar up front. You will wind up making small adjustments as you go
    along but you need a general direction to shoot for. Once you have your design you should make templates regardless of whether you
    plan to make one or one hundred guitars. I’ll cover templates more down the road.
3. Prepping the Wood- You may or may not get a perfect slab, regardless, there will still probably be some wood preparation.
4. The Pick Guard- Note: This step does not need to be completed yet, however I do recommend it.
5. The Neck (part 1)- The neck is arguably the most important part of the guitar, might as well get the cuts out of the way first. (NOTE: I
     did not make a neck, I purchased a neck, maybe I’ll make one on my next guitar ☺ )
6. Routing out the Body- Its easier to align templates up to a straight square edge, thus why I chose to do this step early in this
7. Cutting out the Body- FINALLY! It looks like a guitar!
8. The Edges and Sanding- Oh how tedious, but when its all done it makes you look damn good.
9. The Neck (part 2)- The bridge was the hard part, now its time to attach the neck!
10.  The Bridge- This where boys turn into men, make it or break it.
11.  Wire it Up- Time to make her speak!
12.  Mock Up- But will she actually play?
13.  Finishing Touches- The artistic standpoint.

Step 1: Materials

These are the materials I purchased for my guitar. The materials really can vary quite a bit, if they do vary, any measurements I include in this tutorial probably won’t work but that’s ok! That’s what makes it custom!

• 2 black passive humbucker pick ups
• 3 way selector switch
• Black input jack
• Epiphone style curved jack plate (black)
• Black tuning keys (6)
• Black fender style neck plate & screws
• Black tune-o-matic single piece wrap around bridge
• Pack of Fender Stratocaster Pick guard screws (black)
• Black “glass” (plastic really) Gibson style knobs
• Gibson (1) volume and (1) tuning pot
• Bone string nut
• 10 gage nickel guitar strings
• Dunlop strap lock strap button (2)
• Preassembled hand made unfinished guitar neck (epiphone style) purchased from songtielun on ebay
Lumber, Build  and Finish Materials
• 22”x18”x2” hard white maple slab
• 8’x6”x.5” milled walnut board
• 3’x4’ sheet of Masonite
• 22’x30” pink ¾ foam
• ¾” wooden dowel
• Danish Oil
• Tru Oil

My overall cost for this project was around $300
<p>As the head TA in the woods lab at my college (I'm also a tech management major) I feel I must applaud you. I've seen people tackle electric guitar in our wood working class and not even come close to finishing them. and that's with us having some awesome tools, like CNC router and a laser engraver/cutter.<br>Again, good job, and wood working is one of the most rewarding things in the tech area. I loved metal working, but never got quite the satisfaction as I do from wood! </p>
<p>i really like this guitar! i am looking into making one for a school project!!</p>
<p>This is an amazing looking peice. I believe I will build it very soon too</p>
<p>is there a specific place to get the materials for this or should i just use amazon... and go to a timber merchants?</p>
<p>If you want to do a clear finish with nicer wood, you're going to need to go to a lumber yard. You can also find decent wood on Amazon or eBay a lot of the time. If you're going to paint it, you can get wood at pretty much any home improvement store that carries lumber. With electric guitars the wood doesn't matter all that much for how it sounds, but you do want to make sure it's hardwood, and take into account the weight and how hard it will be to finish. Poplar is a perfectly good choice for a painted finish (Fender uses it frequently); oak is not, because the guitar will weigh a ton and be a pain to finish.</p>
<p>very interesting</p>
<p>I like it! very nice design and an original approach.The guitar is awesome.</p>
Great job man
<p>It looks great so far! I can't wait to see it once it's completely finished!</p>

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