Scratch Built Electric Guitar





Introduction: Scratch Built Electric Guitar

The final for a music class I took was building an instrument. So I built this.

Paduak-Body, headstock

The electronic components were purchased as a set and then soldered together. The pickups were purchased separately. I added another switch to select either one or both of the coils on each pickup. All the control knobs except the smallest switch were machined on a lathe from aluminum.

The sound is not exceptional and there is some fret buzz, but you can plug this in and play it.

Please comment with any questions about the instrument and the building process.



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    I think I've fallen in love with that guitar body. Good mixing of wood tones can make results much more beautiful than any acrylic stuff. I'll probably do something like this for the body of a "guitar" I'm currently designing. I'm not sure what to call that thing, to be honest. It'll have 3 strings (open G tuning, for cigar box guitars), but the body will be custom made, kinda looks like a Flying V with a flat bottom.

    where can you find the stuff for the insides?

    Stewart McDonald has lots of guitar electronics and other tools, supplies and information. I'm sure there are cheaper sources too though.

    How and where did you make space for the electronic innards? I'm thinking about making a guitar myself and I'm wondering if I have the tool laying around for that or not.

    Could someone please answer that, because I have the same question

    The electronics are housed in a cavity opened from the back. A router is the tool needed to create such an opening.

    If you dont have a router, you can use a drill press and a spade bit, but it takes alot longer, and it is quite messy! I professionally build Custom guitars, and I used that Technique on 5 of my older models... But they still turned out fine!

    guitar making is fun i make guitars i add a zero fret so i don't have to line the nut up correctly with the strings it's a good day out of making the guitar and it makes it sound better.

    heres a pic of my guitar

    your guitar is very good the design is very unique i should have done something like that all i did was add the rear end of the ghost from pac man to the head stock good job man.


    just a single humbucker. it looks almost empty without more pickups or a pickguard

    I cant even play guitar,but seeing your instructable can always change my mind.
    Freaken awesome!