Maker & Developer

Project: Custom Guitar

Pictures of my guitar after final assembly

Here are the final shots of my custom, handbuilt guitar. The body is solid black walnut that is approximately 90 years old from my wife’s family farm. I designed the body with an effort to page tribute to some classic…..

Lots of sanding update

A couple of hours of sanding with more to go. I’m sanding the guitar up to 320 grit before applying the finish. I’ll be using Tru-Oil for this finish. The first coat will be applied with 1000 grit wet/dry sandpaper……

Progress Photos after carving

Here are some progress photos after carving and routing out the control cavity:

Guitar build progress update

As you can probably tell from the photo above, I’ve made a good bit of progress on the guitar in the past two weekends. The weekend before last, I was able to get the body planed down and the shape…..

Early morning guitar body glue up

There will be a video of this build, but here’s a little taste of the start. This is a slab of 6/4 walnut, about 90+ years old. Using my No. 5 Bailey plane, I squared off the glue edge on…..

Modified body shape

So I’ve been tweaking the shape of the guitar body. It always amazes me how little changes affect the look of the guitar so dramatically. I just think back to those designers working on the Strat or Les Paul and…..

Neck Arrived!

My Warmoth neck arrived in the mail yesterday. The first thing I will say is I’m impressed with what I received. It’s always a little troubling when ordering something so personal without being able to touch it first. It’s not…..

Custom Guitar – First mockup

I’ve decided I want a guitar I can tweak and play with that I’m not scared if something goes wacky and needs to be fixed/replaced. I ordered a neck from Warmoth. Since this is my first guitar build, I’m definitely…..