I made my first guitar essentially from scratch, even cut and dried my own wood. I have been playing guitar for 21 years and really like the Solid Sitka spruce top and Indian Rosewood back and sides (think Taylor 814ce). So over the next few columns, we are going to build a cigar box guitar together for about $25. Thanks for sharing! Thank you for your post any other words of advice? Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts, http://www.gobywalnut.com/catalog/b1743-p-8564.html. Also, it's a whole different listening experience when someone else plays my guitar(s). You could purchase an acoustic guitar kit and quickly build a nice guitar, but this is a less satisfying and less custom option than building a guitar from scratch, in my opinion. Maybe you are just that genius, and if so ignore me. Depending on how much work you do yourself, $200 is probably the minimum you'll need to spend on materials such as pickups, tone and volume controls, bridge Pre-made necks run ~$100 depending on who's selling them. I probably won't be able to for a while, but I've been drawing up plans. I was thinking spalted maple wood and just a 2 single coil tele-style setup. Pickups can be cheap as chips, but again, you get what you pay for. A breakdown of the materials I used and their cost is listed below. Hi I was wondering if you have a recommended set of tools required to build a guitar? Another thing to take note of before building your own guitar: I used Nitrocellulose lacquer on my first guitar, which is very toxic and required me to use protective equipment. I did keep track of the cost of materials for the other two. Wood costs whatever it costs where you are -- try to find a local supplier. The plastic saddle was also starting to get gouged under the strings, so I replaced it with a Graphtec TUSQ fully compensated saddle, which was around $12. It can cost between $200 and $1000 depending on what types of wood and components you decide to use. I spent more on materials for guitar two expecting it to sound better, but, in fact, guitar three is the better sounding instrument. It can cost between $200 and $1000 depending on what types of wood and components you decide to use. I look for neck stock at places that sell hardwood flooring. (For example, this looks like it might have a little bit of spalt going on: http://www.gobywalnut.com/catalog/b1743-p-8564.html). Is anyone tried "Iphotocanvas" an online photo canvas app? Make you own bracing. wood is cheap. But you should start with a nylon 6 string guitar. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, Press J to jump to the feed. Answer: I found a few stores on eBay, surprisingly a lot of offerings. Answer: Yes. My receipt book from R-V lists my electric guitar cost at about $600. I have no woodworking experience, but really want to learn how to build my own guitar. I have access to a full workshop and tools, so I just need all the supplies. A nice neck can usually be refinished. Question: I see that It would appear that you have the machine heads on upside down on BOTH the guitars, the cogs should be made to be in contact rather than pulled apart as they have been. You might be able to pick up a second hand or surplus store neck for as little as $20 dollars, but a reasonable one might cost closer to $100. Answer: Depends on what I’m playing and my mood. Because acoustics is much more difficult to build a keyboard with steel inside. It depends on what you want to build and the quality of the parts. An observation from a 75 year old guitar maker so why do you think that they are on the right way now? I didn't have a ruler/calipers with that kind of precision. You could purchase an acoustic guitar kit and quickly build a nice guitar, but this is a less satisfying and less custom option than building a guitar from scratch, in my opinion. It cost me probably about $60 total, with the cheapest parts I could get where I am located. I am partial to Fralin single coils, which are in the Tele I built. Pickups can be cheap as chips, but again, you get what you pay for. I'll give you a quick breakdown. So you could theoretically get by with $200 plus time invested. The costs of these woods can vary, especially when considering exotic wood. Despite these recommendations, for my guitars I used: Unfortunately, I did not keep an accurate account of the material cost of guitar one, but I know it cost the most of the three because I bought curly maple for the neck and block. Also, acoustic guitar kits are usually expensive and, when finished, produce low-quality instruments. Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on February 25, 2017: the process of building an acoustic guitar. On the others, I used Tru oil finish, which is non-toxic, easy to apply, and good looking. Also you may want to use alternate less expensive materials than Rosewood and AAAA Sitka Spruce for your first attempt. Jim is a retired software/electrical engineer who enjoys the outdoors. I thought there might be more people out there like me. I say this not to discourage you but only to give you some perspective. Fox paid 7-figure settlement over bogus conspiracy story, Chrissy Teigen gives first interview since pregnancy loss, David Maas, NBA halftime showman, dies of COVID-19, ER nurse: Some patients still think COVID-19 is a hoax, Education Dept. Make your own binding. This, plus a turn on the truss rod nut to add more tension, lowered the action, making it easier to play. Another place to look is your local music stores that may have some body parts laying around that you can but relatively cheap.