I have been playing guitar for seven years. I am not saying I am SRV, but I dont suck either. I have played a few different types of guitars and have reserched guitars as well. But latley, I have been thinking of building my own guitar. I have good wood working skills, plenty of tools and a fair bit of space. I dont have much knowledge of electrical though. I have a couple ideas for a guitar, but I dont really know where I would start. Plz give any advice, it would all be helpfull. And thx in advance. BTW, I play blues/country and I play slide too.
I've actually been considering doing that myself as well. There is a guitar shop an hour from my house that offers a 26 week class on building an acoustic guitar that I have considered, but I would actually like to build an electric guitar at this point. I know there are kits out there but some training would be nice to get a bit more theory behind it all. I would do a search and see what might be availible in your area, maybe even a weekend class to get you started.
I have never built a guitar, but I've played for about 7 years myself, and I too have extensive woodworking experience. This is all I can tell you:
The first step would be to research different tone woods - this will have a profound effect on the sound of your instrument. One way to do it would be to look at websites like guitarcenter.com or musiciansfriend.com, look at guitars you like and see what kinds of wood they are made out of. Go to a woodworker's store and pick out a piece of wood of the type you choose that has nice, straight grain and no knots. You might need two or even three pieces, but if you can find one that is thick enough (4 inches) and have access to a band saw and know how to bookmatch a block of wood, go for that.
The second step would be to acquire the tools necessary, if you have not done so already: a band saw would be ideal, but a scroll saw would do the job too; a plunge router; a drill press; a rasp/file; and a ton of different grit sandpaper come to mind.
I would order the neck pre-made, trying to build one could be very tricky. You'll have to use the neck to figure out the shape of the neck pocket at the top of the body - along with how deep it should be, and to find where the bridge will be on the body - you don't want guesswork here as it will screw up the intonation of the instrument.
As for painting and wiring of the instrument, there are plenty of websites that you can use as a reference for such things.
And ALWAYS remember to wear safety goggles/glasses, and ear protection when applicable.
This is about all I can tell you right now. I hope it was of some help.
Thx man. Where would I look for a premade neck?
Check www.musiciansfriend.com, you can find most stuff there. Any reputable music shop should also carry necks.
Warmoth is a good way to go. I've been to the shop before (I live in Tacoma, WA, they're based out of Puyallup, WA) and I know they are skilled workers. How do I know this? I was there for a job interview. I relayed to them my history in woodworking and they opted to hire somebody more skilled. They don't hire just anybody to make their products haha.
I've been playing Bass & Bass Guitar for 31 years now, and have been thinking of building my own for some time. I have converted an old electric to a fretless, and an acoustic with pickups to a Tenor Guitar. I know there are several manuals on the electrics involved, available at Barnes & Noble, among other places.
I thought the blues implied slide!
Sometimes it does. Depends on the style of blues and the preferences of the player. Check out some Piedmont Blues from Western North Carolina.
I know... I was just fooling around, for I prefer Delta and north mississippi style.
Ah. Sorry, my mistake.
Look into the cigar box guitars on the instructables web site.