How to Build a Guitar

Playing and learning to play a guitar both necessitate a specific level of commitment and inherent talent, the same is true of building a functional yet attractive guitar. You will thus need to be fairly competent working with wood and also have a great ear for identifying various pitches and sounds. However, after you have completed your project to utmost satisfaction, you will unquestionably obtain a strong sense of fulfillment. The proceeding instructions should aid you in carrying out this undertaking, do not expect to necessarily complete your guitar the first day you decide to begin building, it will demand a great deal of patience and hence should not be rushed.

How To Build A Guitar

Required Tools

Drill and attachment

Bandsaw or jigsaw

Light sandpaper


Required Materials

Two clamps

Three sheets of wood

Pre-made neck and bridge set

Wood glue

Lacquer or wood stain

No less than a dozen wood braces

Two small blocks of hard wood

Guitar strings

Two light weight pieces of a durable type of wood measuring 3 by 2 feet. These should be of ¼ inch thickness.


1) The first thing that you will be required to do is make the front and back of the acoustic guitar. This will be done by utilizing tracing paper to create the shape of the guitar. Use this tracing paper to make an outline of the shape on each guitar piece that will be used on either side. Once the shape has been formed cut the pieces of wood, for improved symmetry of both front and back you may clamp both sections together and cut using the jigsaw or band saw.

2) Next you will need to make a sound hole for your guitar. This will be placed on the front piece. The smaller the hole the greater the bass or low pitched sounds while the bigger the hole the greater the treble or higher pitched sounds. The choice will comedown to on personal preference. To do this utilize a large round drill attachment for more precision.

3) Construct the sides of your guitar. This will necessitate two pieces of wood that are sufficiently long enough to go around the outer areas of the larger pieces with an excess of 5 inches. You can then shape the wood by hand by placing the pieces in very hot boiling water for a couple seconds. You may have to re-dip the sections of wood to obtain the desired shape. This part of the process will ask that you be patient, though adept with your fingers while the wood is still able to be moulded.

4) Affix the two sides with blocks of very durable wood glue. When gluing the sections together you must be sure to let the blocks of glue stay on the inner portions of the guitar where they will be virtually unseen. Make certain that they are glued securely and use your clamps to hold the pieces in position while the glue sets.

5) You will then need to glue the body pieces to the guitar using the wood glue. Like the creation of the base sections, you will need to allow them time to dry thoroughly before making any more adjustments.

6) Once the glue has set you can then sand the guitar body, but lightly.

7) Put a lacquer or stain over the guitar body to give it a nice finish. The stain or lacquer should come with its own set directions for staining.

8) You can now put on your neck and bridge these are best purchased pre-made for better accuracy. You will have to cut small grooves in your guitar to allow these to fit properly, utilize a routing tool here. Take measurements while carrying this out for once again, precision. Once you are done cutting you can then attach the neck and bridge utilizing the wood glue and allow to dry.

9) Put on your bridge using small screws and some glue, this should be attached just below the sound hole.

10) Install your strings as you would when changing strings on any guitar.

11) Test your guitar to ensure that it plays the notes as you would expect and listen for any potential flaws in the overall sound.

Tips and Warnings

The overall time to finish this project may take a couple weeks to ensure the glue is dry.

You can use templates to enhance the correctness of the guitar’s shape.

Look on a professionally created guitar to get some basic ideas and vital understanding of what your guitar should look like.

The fumes from the glue may be toxic, hence it is best that you do this outdoors or in a well ventilated area.