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.