The Design

This is NOT a Guitar building kit.  We’re doing it all from scratch!!

Alright so here it is in a nutshell…..

We’re building 2 guitars here.  I’ve been wanting to build a guitar for I don’t know how long.   And I’ve been designing my dream guitar in my head for just as long.  Above (left and right ) are my Photoshop images of the guitars.  Did ‘em just to see what the different paint jobs would look like.

Anyhow, 2 guitars, some wood, some tools, some parts, and some old fashioned ingenuity are what’s gonna make it happen.   You’ll get the idea…  But basically I’ve been flirting with the idea of just doing a warmoth guitar, or building a guitar kit for a long time, and choosing from all of their options was getting costly and it wasn’t exactly what I wanted in a guitar.

Then I met Bob in about March of 2010 while playing baseball (our other true passion).  We got to talking about music and our musical past with bands and all that, and he mentioned he had built a guitar for his son.  I said I’d been thinking about building one from Warmoth and he said, “Dude, lets build you a guitar.  That Warmoth crap is for weekend warriors.  We’ll make one that’s way better, and exactly how you want it.”  So I drew up my dream guitar, and our journey along the DIY Guitar Building path began.  I’ve uploaded the guitar plans I drew in my notebook.  Just click the thumbnails below and they’ll pop up.  They’re quite crude and plans have changed since, but when inspiration hits ya gotta just let it flow.

The Original Guitar Plans:

 

Basically, the design is kinda like a mesh of all of my favorite guitars that I’ve accumulated over the past 16 years or so.  First off, its a custom guitar.  Designed by me, and for me to play.  It’s going to be a cross between a Fender Stratocaster and Gibson SG.  I love my SG.  Its by far the most comfortable guitar I’ve ever played.  It’s light weight, plays and sounds like a dream.   It’s basically already a perfect guitar…. as in there’s just about nothing you can do to improve it.

Anyhow, this custom guitar is going to feel like an SG and look pretty much like a strat.  Why a strat?  I’m not sure.  That’s just what came to mind, so we’re doing it.  Plus, throughout the years I’ve grown accustomed to playing that shape and all around I have to say, it’s probably the most comfortably shaped guitar I’ve played. The thing I don’t like about the strat is the bolt on neck, and standard 25.5″ scale length.  I love the sustain of the set neck on the SG, plus the easy access to the top frets.  Only, we’re one-upping the Gibson set-neck construction with a neck-through body construction.  Quite frankly, I’m not an expert woodworker, nor am I an authority on DIY Guitar Building.  Bob is the true expert.  I took wood shop in junior high and high school and some little projects here at home, but that’s about it.  To me, I figured just slapping “wings” on the side of neck would be easier than trying to line up a mortise and tenon joint.  Maybe I’m wrong, but when I asked Bob if we could do it, he said yeah, so that’s what we’re doing.

Point being, I don’t wanna spend all this time and money building a guitar that doesn’t line up correctly, or intonate, or sounds like crap.  I want it to last a lifetime.

Features:

  •  Strat style body
  •  Neck-Thru Construction
    •  Guitar 1: Laminated Mahogany and Maple Neck, Mahogany body
    •   Guitar 2: Laminated Maple and Mahogany Neck, Northern White Ash Body
  •  Rosewood fretboard
  •  Custom Mother of Pearl Inlays
  •  Fretboard Binding (White for the Ash guitar, Cream for the Mahogany guitar)
  •  Gibson Scale (24.75″) (Actually its 24.562″)
  •  Tune-O-Matic Bridge
  •  Schaller Tuners with pearl knobs
  •  Nitrocellulose Lacquer finish
  • Gill

    Hi, I was really enjoying the videos on YouTube, What happened? Did you ever get the strats finished? I love to see photos. Good Luck, Gill

    • http://mgbdguitarproject.wordpress.com mgbdguitarproject

      Hi Gill,

      Thanks for your comment, It makes me happy to hear that you like the videos. I sincerely apologize for the lack of updates. I actually have quite a bit more video to put up, which I plan on doing within the next few weeks (it just takes a little while to arrange all the video I’ve taken and make the final ones). We’re a bit further along in the project than the videos I’ve put up.

      To answer your question. No, the guitars are not done yet. Bob and I have taken a hiatus on the guitars simply because our lives have both gotten pretty busy. But word on the street is, we’re gonna be back at it in the next week or two.

      So stay tuned, and thanks again,
      –Mike

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