Introduction: How to Make an Air Guitar!

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Have you ever wanted to make a sweet guitar to rock out on for no money at all? Well Now you can!

Step 1: Materials

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You will need:

Air guitar bodies
Air guitar pick guards
Air guitar strings
Air guitar tuning keys
Air guitar bridges
Air guitar nuts
Air guitar tools

Step 2:

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Choose whether you want an electric or acoustic air guitar then take the air guitar body of your choice and put the bridge under the hole in the air guitar body, use your air guitar tools.

Step 3:

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Attach the tuning keys to the head of your air guitar body, attach the little pegs to the bridge and attach the nut just under the head at the end of the neck.

Step 4:

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Now use your air guitar strings and string your air guitar (depending on which hand you use to play the air guitar you may want to string the strings differently.) Next attach the pick guard on the side of the hole in the body where your pick will hit. If you have an electric air guitar hook up the wires to plug it into the amp.

Step 5: Paint

Paint your guitar, my guitar is dark red with black bat wings coming out of it.

Step 6: Rock Out!!!

Use your new custom air guitar to rock out on!


wobbler (author)2016-05-14

What pressure do you need the air at? I'm not sure I've got any of the right kind, so will CO2 do instead?

collercoper (author)2013-03-14

Nice! You need an Instructable on how to tune air drums.

I have discovered a very simple way to tune the air drums. You rap you air stick on the drum rim, then rap on the air skin. They should be the same note, but several octaves apart. If not the same, then just tighten or loosen the air skin till you hear the resonant tone. It will be in perfect tune, at that point then you will hear nothing, so you may have to detune to get the effect you want. Hope this helps.

Cpt_Spaz (author)2014-08-18

Mine had a big bend in the deck, do i need to make a new one :(

MJT3 (author)2014-03-26

I've been looking for something I can smash onstage. This will work great!

MoustachePanda (author)2013-12-30

A bit too expensive.. All the materials were too pricey.

Have anything on the lighter side?

henryd106 (author)2013-07-26

Do you know a way I could make one of these a bit cheaper? This is WAY out of my budget...

couchpotato130 (author)2013-04-19

best one ever

i made mine with my eyes closed

Azazel666 (author)2013-01-11

Best tutorial on this site!

rworsøe (author)2011-04-07

Where do i go to learn how to play my Air guitar?

Slayerfan666 (author)rworsøe2011-04-16

International school of Air Guitar.

kelcylane (author)Slayerfan6662012-07-31

So,you suggest going to ISAG to learn to play the air guitar?

Skinr (author)2012-04-30

My advice? Don't make or buy an acoustic one; they're so quiet you can hardly hear them, unless you feel like spending $500+ on one. An electric actually sounds good plugged or unplugged; even better, most modern ones have wireless systems built into the body.

Quick-tune (author)2012-03-16

You sure thats a strong enough fix at the neck to body? I can see a tendancy to flex. How about adding a video so we can hear what it sounds like?

TommY.KillER (author)2012-02-07

OMG HELP! I can't remember where i put my parts! I can't see 'em! HELP!

Thaw (author)2011-11-14

Baie cool. Waar kry mens lug vir die soort kitaar?

Slayerfan666 (author)Thaw2012-01-22

Dit moet op die kop van die kitaar op die rug van die liggaam.

p.s. that was from google translator so I can't be sure what it says.

WickeD12 (author)2011-10-17

hey umm mine is an electric and i forgot where i put my air amp and my jack im also not sure if im holding my air pick the right way.... S.O.S.

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Slayerfan666 (author)mrmerino2011-03-12

Double win.

ilpug (author)Slayerfan6662011-10-03

i am all a'lol.

Muniosi (author)2011-09-15

Hey, where can I get the air guitar strings? I can't find them anywhere.

Derek Vigil (author)Muniosi2011-10-02

Try amazon, thats where I bought mine

AlmightyFduffle (author)2011-08-22

OMG!!! i always wanted an air guitar, but they were too expensive!! thank you sosososo much!!!

fender-electric-guitar (author)2011-08-19

Hey you should get slash on one of those fine guitars!

Derek Vigil (author)2011-06-14

OMG this is way better than my Fender Stratocaster, Any instructions for making air drums?

Slayerfan666 (author)Derek Vigil2011-06-17

No, you're on your own.

Susan1 (author)2010-12-01

My intonation is off, Do you have instructions?

tmilligan (author)Susan12011-02-03

what you need to to, is turn your air guitar saddles forward or backwards depening on if its intoned too high or low.

Susan1 (author)tmilligan2011-02-16

My friends tell me my saddle is rusted, But I can't see. lol

Derek Vigil (author)Susan12011-06-14

Oh yeah air oil works for that the best lol.

Slayerfan666 (author)Susan12010-12-01

Get tape and paint.
Tape areas you don't want to be painted.
Paint the areas you want painted.
If you want other areas painted a diff. color tape them off at first than when done painting the other areas take off the tape and retape the area you just painted when its dry, (air paint dries fast.)
Paint the other areas diff. colors.
Repeat if neccessary.

Airbrushing is highly recommended as it will compliment this project the best.

fluxorz (author)philthebottle2011-03-27


Susan1 (author)Slayerfan6662011-02-03

Do you recommend sanding first? I tried to paint first but the paint didn't take. I just made an awful mess.

Slayerfan666 (author)Susan12011-02-06

Yes I would recommend sanding.

mechaninja (author)Slayerfan6662011-02-16

i made one and put banana oil on it...

Susan1 (author)Slayerfan6662011-02-06

I tried sanding and spraying Nitro on it. I got more on my shoes than on the guitar. Silly

Susan1 (author)Slayerfan6662010-12-01

How about the multi-colored duct tape? I'm not sure how to lubricate the pots though. Hey thanks! I'm so excited I don't know where to start.

!revenge! (author)2011-01-22

i have built some air guitars myself before i saw this instructable, and i have to say that my skills have improved after seeing this.

i only have 1 question, what pickups fit in an air guitar? because i recently bought some pickups from ebay that normally fit inside a stratocaster, but those didn't fit.

Slayerfan666 (author)!revenge!2011-01-24

Hmm thats strange I used the same pickups on my air guitar, maybe you got jipped by ebay.

!revenge! (author)Slayerfan6662011-01-27

that could be it, but i bought from a person who is generally trusted by ebay

Susan1 (author)!revenge!2011-03-27

I would NEVER BUY an air guitar from ebay. I was sent an empty box once. I had no insurance.

ElvenChild (author)Susan12011-05-15

I know check this out

Slayerfan666 (author)!revenge!2011-01-31

Try some Les Paul humbuckers.

badad (author)2011-04-22

I guess your electric guitar needs some good drugs to play. AM i right?

Slayerfan666 (author)badad2011-04-23

Not necessarily, I wouldn't encourage it.

phill_up (author)2011-04-15

Full of Win!

cobmiester (author)2011-03-31

omg wat kinda drugs r u takin man. geeeeeeeezzzz

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