Build an Electric Guitar Yourself – The Process – Step By Step Photos





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Here is a complex project on building an electric guitar from scratch. This is a process that takes many many hours and patience to complete. A professional guitar builder uses big pin routers, band saws, drum sanders and big buffing machines. This one was done using normal power hand tools that were not made to build guitars. What is truly needed to create an Electric Guitar from scratch? Skill, patience, creativity and pure passion. Some would say this project was like building a house with a Swiss army knife. See below for the incredible pictures.

Parts needed for a DIY guitar build

This wood is going to be the guitar

This wood is going to be the guitar

Electric Guitar Schematic

Electric Guitar Schematic drawn on the wood that will be the guitar!







Finished exterior cut of the guitar

Finished exterior cut of the guitar

Filing the edges of the guitar

Filing the edges of the guitar

Smoothing the Edge Radius

Smoothing the Edge Radius

Arm cut away







Arm cut away

Beginning Cavity Routes

Beginning Cavity Routes

Cavity Routes getting smoother

Cavity Routes getting smoother

Guitar Neck

Guitar Neck








Dry fitting of all parts before assembly

Dry fitting of all parts before assembly

Test fitting the guitar neck

Test fitting the guitar neck

Testing the Wiring

Testing the Wiring

More wiring







More wiring

Testing neck alignment

Testing neck alignment

Bridge shot

Bridge shot

Copper shielding

Copper shielding







Prepping for Primer

Prepping for Primer

Guitar is Primed

Guitar is Primed

Primer and Paint

Primer and Paint

Sealing and Lacquering Headstock







Sealing and Lacquering Headstock

Lacquer Time with the proper stuff for instruments

Lacquer with the proper stuff for instruments

Drying the Lacquer

Drying the Lacquer

Wet sanding - took a long time

Wet sanding – took a long time







Buffing the newly painted electric guitar

Buffing the newly painted electric guitar

It is getting shiny

It is getting shiny after buffing

Shielding the body cavity

Shielding the body cavity







More Shielding

More Shielding

The Block From Where it Came

The Block From Where it Came

Finished Product - diy Electric Guitar Build!!!

Finished Product – DIY Electric Guitar Build!!!







Parts needed for a DIY guitar build





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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 James January 25, 2018 at 7:07 pm

That’s a very nice sequence of photo’s and is nearly identical to the one I’m building. Lovely results

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2 Jhonattan December 4, 2014 at 11:35 pm

Wow!!!! Awesome! Beautiful job! I’ve got a question, what kind of wood is the neck?

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3 Alva September 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

This is brilliantly built, step by step, and helpful info, thanks!

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