I have volunteered to help the kids make their own guitars in class. The children are 9-10 year olds, and they are learning about sound. We want them to assemble/make as much as possible. The goal is to make a 4 string guitar that can be tuned. Notes will be A-D-G-B.
The basic design is a 4 string neck, sauna tube body, and 1/8”mdf sound board. We are using real guitar tuners and strings, but everything else is going to be made in the shop, or in class. Need to make a total of 15 guitars. Wood, strings & shop labor are being donated, so tuners are most of the cost.
The photos are of my second try with 1-1/4” thick Oak necks, heads and fret boards. I found that you need a strong rigid neck or the strings cause the neck to bend and cause the other strings to get out of tune.
Kids will glue the box together, decorate, and install the tuners & strings. Then tune the instruments. Some of them can play.
So far I am able to get the D and G notes to tune, but the amplification is not as good as a regular guitar. I have never made a guitar before, and don’t play.
I would also like the kids to participate in more woodworking, but there is not much they can do in class other than assembly.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
-- JJ - Northern Illinois