Building a guitar can seem like an overwhelming challenge. Where do you start? Tools. Truss rods. Neck pockets. Fret slots. It’s a lot. You’re afraid to make mistakes, waste money, or both. If you’re not sure where to start, this no-nonsense guide is for you.
Tonewood is the topic of many hot debates in the guitar-building world. There are a lot of strong opinions and misinformation floating around making it pretty hard to find answers. Let’s cut through the craziness and bust some tonewood myths.
Here’s a quick guide to wood-related terms.
There’s no bad reason for wanting to build a guitar! But sometimes a new builder’s motivation is based on a belief that may lead to disappointment. Whether you’re just thinking about starting your first guitar build or you’ve already gotten started, keep these five things in mind and you’ll set yourself up for success.
Here’s a quick guide to guitar-building terms specific to electronics and wiring,
Here’s a quick guide to guitar-building terms specific to the guitar neck.
Here’s a quick guide to guitar-building terms specific to the guitar body.
Has guitar-building jargon got your brain in a fog? Don’t worry! This guitar builders’ glossary of terms provides some definitions to help clear things up.