"Bonez" Electric Guitar

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Project by silverhalo posted 06-16-2008 06:59 AM 4188 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Four months ago a friend gave me a broken Marshall combo amp that wouldn’t turn on anymore… after a week of troubleshooting the circuit board and finding the blown transistors I had myself a killer 50 watt amp… just one problem….. NO ELECTRIC GUITAR!! sheesh I say!!

So I had some leftover 8/4 Alder and decided to build one…. and here is the result.
I wanted something original, fun, and simple(.... well two out of three ain’t bad.)

After having found a free ebook on the web on how to build electric guitars, I read it twice, and went to work.
I rough cut the body on the band saw and shaped it with a sharp 3/4” chisel and a couple of files and rasps. The electronics cavity in the back and the pickup slots were done with a router freehand (next time I’ll make a template for sure…) and the neck pocket was chiseled out by hand (don’t look to closely at this area….).

I bought the neck from a company in Taiwan which sold them “semi-finished”: you just have to install the string nut, string tree’s, tuning pegs and cut the headstock to shape.

Found a music shop in town with lots of used parts that helped keep the cost down to under $120 for the whole project. The cool part is that it actually worked when I put it all together… and it that it sounds pretty good too. I had a blast making it and have another body glued up for when I’m ready for to build my next one.. quite addicting!

Note: I also have a tutorial on Instructables on how to build a Distortion Pedal from scratch for those hard rocker DIY’ers out there with electronics experience…
It is a clone of the great ProCo Sound RAT pedal…. nice and heavy crunch.

-- Robert Reznik - Albuquerque, NM -

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#1 posted 06-16-2008 07:20 AM

Very interesting design!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 06-16-2008 12:17 PM

thats awesome! i have got to email this to my cousin! thanks for the post

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#3 posted 06-16-2008 12:21 PM

Awesome! Do you have a link to the e-book by any chance?

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#4 posted 06-16-2008 01:09 PM

Nice looking guitar. Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 06-16-2008 01:22 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks!

A very unique, & original design.

It looks like you used doggy biscuits for a pattern. LOL

Also, great craftsmanship, & a nice job on the finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 06-16-2008 02:00 PM

That’s pretty wild. It’s hard to get away from the “standard” guitar shapes, but I think you’ve accomplished that. This guitar turned out very nice. Thanks for the post.

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#7 posted 06-16-2008 04:01 PM

Extremely cool design!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 06-16-2008 04:58 PM

Great work!

Thanks for the post


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#9 posted 06-17-2008 05:38 PM

holy snot that makes my one pickup double cutaway strat look like a babie’s toy. lol

-- check out my amazing woodburning , Pat

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#10 posted 06-17-2008 05:53 PM

Nice looking guitar. Very unique.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-17-2008 06:29 PM

Good design, the guitar is original !!

-- My technologic blog and mys academic site

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