Homemade Electric Guitar

One of the best parts of my job is to see all of the different projects that our readers send in.  I never get tired or seeing all of the creativity out there.  This amazing homemade electric guitar is no exception; with Les Paul’s recent passing, I thought it would be a timely posting here to the blog:

I wanted to share a woodworking project of which I am particularly proud.  Last year for my bother’s 50th birthday I decided that I should do something very special for him.  Knowing that he was a “guitar guy” I thought it would be fun to build him an electric guitar to add to his collection.  Well, to say it was a challenge would be an understatement!  I am not an experienced woodworker, but I had a good start from my father (also an avid woodworker) and have taught myself a few things over the years from books and the internet.

This was my first attempt at an instrument and I think it turned out pretty nice.  The woods used for the body were bubinga, purpleheart, wenge and curly maple.  The neck was quilted maple.  The entire guitar was built from scratch using only a simple body template that I purchased on eBay.  It looks great and sounds even better.  Just goes to show that you can create anything if your heart is in the right place when you start.

Kirk A. Rush

Definitely true.  Check out the photos below.




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4 thoughts on “Homemade Electric Guitar

  1. That is an awesome guitar… Now you have me thinking about making one for my Step-son, who is in a band, hell I might make two, one regular like yours and the other might be just an original design different from all the other guitars.
    Thanks for sharing

    Santos Toro
    U.S. Navy/Retired
    Military Police

  2. hey mate. Great job! Just wondering how long this took to make and also how and where did u get the pearl from for the fretboard? Overall how much did it cost if u dont mind me asking because this would be a great woodworking project for school! Thanks

  3. Beautiful Work of Art that creates Music !! It just doesn’t get any better than that !!
    I saw a formula for the fretboard somewhere and it seemed rather complicated.
    How did you go about creating the spaces between the fret bars to insure that it would play the correct notes ?
    You have every right to be proud ! I’ve been contemplating a project like that only to be discouraged by lack of time to attempt.
    I play guitar and would love to build an acoustic/ electric someday.
    Thanks for sharing , Vinnie :-)

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