Building Your Own Guitar – Overview

During September and October 2014 I attended a three-week intensive course to build my own acoustic guitar. As people will quite possibly be directed to this website to gain an understanding of the process, I thought I’d cap the experience off with this overview. Click here to go to the Guitar section of this website, which starts with this overview and then goes on the show each section of the build. The course was run by the Australian Guitar Making School (AGMS). AGMS was founded in New South Wales and runs schools in several locations that operate on what I’ll […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Finish

This is the final entry about a three week intensive guitar building course I did through the Australian Guitar Making School. Click here to read all entries in this series. —— At the end of the previous entry, I’d just started shaping the neck of the guitar using a tool called a spoke shave. The final days were all about getting the last few big items out of the way so that we could concentrate on the finer details of finishing the guitar and making it ready to play. Finishing the Neck The process started with finishing work on the […]

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Video: First Guitar Debut For Our Guitar Making Class

Yesterday we had a very exciting moment at our guitar building class. One of our fellow students, Christiane, had finished her guitar and it was strung and played for the first time. Christiane doesn’t play guitar. She built the guitar for her son. I hope he realises the beauty of the instrument he’ll soon have in his hands. The guitar is being played by Cary Lewincamp in the video below. Cary is a local professional musician and we are building our instruments in his workshop. Put simply, the guitar sounds absolutely amazing. Cary is an amazing musician but the quality […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Day 15

This is the entry for Day 15 of a three week intensive guitar building course I’m doing through the Australian Guitar Making School. Click here to read all entries in this series. —— Trimming The Neck Today was (almost) all about the neck of the guitar. When we first started building the guitar – and right up until today, actually – the neck was simply a solid flat piece of mahogany. Here it is yesterday with the truss rod installed. The first big job today was cutting down the excess timber to the size of the fingerboard. I used a […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Day 14

This is the entry for Day 14 of a three week intensive guitar building course I’m doing through the Australian Guitar Making School. There’s a new button for this series on the menu at the top of this (or any) page. Simply click on the “Guitar” button. Or for now, click here. —— We got SO much done today. It really was a big one. A the end of Day 13, the binding was on and the guitar was covered in tape, Which held the binding in place. The first job today was to remove this tape but as always, […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Day 13

This is the entry for Day 13 of a 3-week intensive guitar building course I’m taking through the Australian Guitar Making School. Click to view the entry for days 10, 11 and 12. Click to view Day 9’s entry. Click here to view Day 8’s entry. Click here to view Day 7’s entry. Click here to view all of Week #1. —— At the end of day 12, the guitar was sitting ready to receive its binding. Binding is the thin strip of timber that forms the border between the sides of the car and the top and bottom surfaces. […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Days 10-12

This is the entry for Day 12 of a 3-week intensive guitar building course I’m taking through the Australian Guitar Making School. Click to view Day 9’s entry. Click here to view Day 8’s entry. Click here to view Day 7’s entry. Click here to view all of Week #1. —— It’s been busy around here! I had a late night on Thursday at the workshop, a night at the movies on Friday and Saturday was…… well, it was Saturday. So where are things at? On Thursday morning the guitar was still in pieces. It looks quite different now. So […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Day 9

This is the entry for Day 9 of a 3-week intensive guitar building course I’m taking through the Australian Guitar Making School. Click here to view Day 8’s entry. Click here to view Day 7’s entry. Click here to view all of Week #1. —— We’re Going To Be On The News! Today we were visited by a reporter and cameraman from WIN News here in Hobart. They are covering our guitar school as a ‘feel good’ feature story on Saturday night’s news bulletin. Strato was interviewed, as were a few of the participants (no, not me, but maybe I’ll […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Day 8

This is the entry for Day 8 of a 3-week intensive guitar building course I’m taking through the Australian Guitar Making School. Click here to view Day 7’s entry. Click here to view all of Week #1. —— Today was a day of little things and big things. We had a bunch of little things to finish off in preparation for a couple of big things. The end result – I now have something that actually resembles a musical instrument instead of an assortment of wooden pieces. Exciting! I finished up yesterday with one of my sides properly bent and […]

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Build Your Own Guitar – Day 7

Click here to read the review of Build Your Own Guitar – Week 1. Given that we’re covering quite a lot each day, I’m going to try and update this diary on a daily basis. The information is fresher that way and it means less photo handling at the end of the week. — Monday was all about two things – bracing and shaping. Bracing We stuck some horizontal bracing along the back of the guitar last week. One of the little jobs completed on Monday was shaping the shoulders of these braces. Done with a chisel. We also inserted […]

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