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Forum topic by DrsHobby posted 07-19-2008 07:52 PM 1399 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-19-2008 07:52 PM

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I decided this week, I would like to make a guitar. I think I will start with an electric kit probably one of the hierloom kits from Grizzly. I am wondering if anyone has used them and if there is any advice to give. There are some beautiful electric guitars here on Lumberjocks so I know there are some good answers and advice out there.

-- -Alex, St Charles, MO - "Measure twice, cut once, and go back to the lumber yard because you still screwed up."

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 08:11 PM


I’m currently making an acoustic Dreadnought-style guitar. Take a look at my blog for details on the build so far. Sorry, but I don’t know anything about the kits from Grizzly. THere are many suppliers of electric parts, though. Take a look around before you commit.

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#2 posted 07-19-2008 08:35 PM

Stewart McDonald’s has a good selection, though pricey
I think. is a good source for guitar parts, too.

Unless you actually build the neck and do the fretwork
you won’t develop much meaningful skill in lutherie in my
opinion. If you actually want to build handmade instruments
I would recommend getting the tools and materials to
do proper fret jobs. I hammer in frets by resting the neck
on a bag of buckshot. You can buy pre-slotted fretboards
cheaply enough but I cut them by hand and it’s no big deal.

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#3 posted 11-06-2008 04:05 AM

So I’ve no particular need to build a guitar, but the process fascinates me. Have you started on it yet? Post regular updates here perhaps?

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 11-06-2008 04:45 PM

I built a classical guitar way back in the 1970s. It was all from scratch and the plans were in a book. It was an interesting project and I learned a lot. I will say, however, if you just want a guitar and not the building experience, go buy one. Building one isn’t the easy way to own a guitar.


-- Always remember half of the people in this country are below average.

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#5 posted 11-06-2008 05:37 PM

Please keep us posted?

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Dan Lyke

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#6 posted 05-27-2010 12:32 AM

So haven’t seen anything from you for a while, but wanted to note that a recent local woodworker’s meeting was held at Luthier's Mercantile International. They sell everything from raw lumber to formed parts, so you can step in to the guitar construction process anywhere you’d like to.

And I picked up some gorgeous wood that was deemed unsuitable for guitar building but should make some amazing boxes….

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#7 posted 05-27-2010 12:36 AM

I know the owner of grizzly builds guitars himself but I have never built one.

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#8 posted 05-27-2010 01:03 AM

Hi Alex – The guitar build for my son was the best project I’ve tackled to date. It’s a terrific item to own, and was a great learning journey for a guy like me who doesn’t play.

I’ve never used a Grizzly kit…I’m sure it’s “fine”, but since you’re going to the trouble, why not build something a little unique? This WILL be a great project! My suggestion is to buy a premade neck, a decent set of pickups of your choice, and the hardware, and build the body from a slab. The body’s not all that hard to make…there are plans galore on the web. That’ll give you choice of wood and choice of body style.

The pickups will make or break the sound….there are a ton of unique choices and most aren’t overly expensive. There are also a ton of free online schematics to choose from. There are also a lot of good guitar building websites. Websites like Dimarzio and Seymour Duncan you to listen the sound of the pickups online.

Good luck and keep us posted.

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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#9 posted 05-27-2010 01:04 AM

A great resource is the woodwhisperer episodes(s) where the guys makes an acoustic. Im sure you could pick up SOME sort of tips from that.

-- ~Eagle America~ ~Woodcraft~

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