DIY: Building Your Six-String Guitar from Scratch

Six-String Guitar from Scratch

DIY: Building Your Six-String Guitar from Scratch

Which would you prefer to be: a guitarist or a sculptor? Won’t it be awesome to be both? If you like the Solar Guitar, That’s precisely it! If you want to make your six-string guitar, here are the steps you’ll need to take.

Step 1: The Materials

The Materials

The most convenient option for guitar construction is a prefabricated kit ready for assembly. All you have to do is punch them together, put the electronics together, put on your finishing touches, and voila! Well, you’ve got a crappy kit of a guitar.

Nobody wants a poorly-made guitar. It takes skills in woodcraft to make what you desire to materialize. You would also need the right tools for this project. These are the tools that you may need:

  • Plunge Router and Router Bits
  • Drill and Drill Bits
  • Jig Saw
  • Belt Sander (optional)
  • Mouse or Orbital sander (optional)
  • Dremmel tool (optional)
  • Drill press (optional)
  • Clamps
  • Soldering Iron and Solder
  • Flux and Wire

Step 2: Make a Plan for your Design

Make a Plan for your Design

Now, get your pen and paper. Sketch out how you would want your guitar to look. Be as meticulous as possible. Correct any mistakes on paper before you carry it out. Make sure you include these parts when you make your design:

  • Basic Parts and Electronics
  • Premade Neck
  • Body Blank
  • Bridge
  • String Ferrules
  • Tuners
  • Screws
  • Ferrules
  • Pickups
  • Pickup Rings
  • Plastic
  • Control Knobs
  • Photometers
  • Capacitors
  • Input Jack
  • Control Switch

Step 3: Woodwork


It is time to put in your big boy shoes and start building the body. First, you need to make a template by tracing out your design to a blank wood. Then cut the edge, creating a nice curve. Make a neck pocket as you will need to attach the neck later. Then carve out the area for the electronics.

Note: Remember to work meticulously. Aim for the best quality and not for a poorly-made guitar.

Step 4: Assemble


Develop a clear link between the neck and the rest of the body. Check if they suit correctly. Make sure that all the pieces in Step 2 are present, or they can be put in place. Also, cover up all the holes before continuing to the next step.

Step 5: Final Touches

Final Touches

Almost there. After the painting and polishing, the guitar would look brand new. Paint and buff to make things look however you want. Showcase your creativity.

After painting, arrange the electronics and wirings. You can add shielding paint to avoid the annoying buzz from surrounding interference that electronic components can produce.

Congratulations! You now made your very own six-strings guitar from scratch. If you are a beginner, it’s normal to produce a poorly-made guitar. But as you increase your abilities, you can make your guitars sound better and look better.

Remember to gather as much information as you can before you start any modification or creation project. For the best results, plan, work methodically and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Before beginning, determine a timeline and estimate your available funds and time.

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