Monday, February 16, 2009


So today I looked into building my own guitar. I've been dying to work on some personal projects while having the resources here at MCAD. I think this one is a winner.

There are a lot more technical considerations when making an acoustic guitar, thus I have decided to start out making an electric guitar. PLUS. I already have an acoustic and I've wanted my own electric for who knows how long. This way, I can also have the exact look and feel of my guitar. The cost of making a custom guitar is about $3,000-$4,000 cheaper than buying one, so I win there, and the pure satisfaction is worth all the labor.

I've been researching the feasibility of it all day today. It's not too hard. I can buy templates if I so wish, or I can customize every last bit of it. What I think I need to do now is go to a guitar shop and play around on different guitars and write down every aspect I want to put into my guitar, i.e. scale, neck ratio, wood types, glued or bolted neck, tremolos, etc.

In the mean time, I found this video that was SO rad. It's the Gibson Robot Guitar, retailing for $3,999. (You can eBay it for about $1,500, though.) I couldn't believe my eyes. Could I build one of these? Ha...let's stick to a basic guitar.

The more I got thinking about this, too, I started wondering, "Could I do this for a living?" We'll see kids. But I really want this to become a reality. Mm mm mm! So excited!

1 comment:

K. said...

this will be such a neat project! my older sisters finance's dad (hah) builds guitrars for fun. acoustic and electric and then ken (my sisters fiance) gets to have them and he brings them over alll the time to show me.
his dad once made an acoustic with a bone either for the neck or it justs rests on the neck.
if you want i could send some pictures of them. theyre really great.