Guitar building tips are a great way for beginners to start learning about the craft. In addition to tips, spending time reading about guitar making helps too. When you start learning early, you help your chances of success later in the process. Here is how.
Guitar Building Tips for Beginners
Nothing in this world will ever sound as good as the instrument that you make yourself. I wrote all about that fact in Nothing Will Ever Sound as Sweet.
Making an instrument is going to be a challenge, but it’s much easier than it looks. From the outside, making a guitar seems like a never ending project. Nothing can be farther from the truth. It is going to take longer than most smaller or medium sized projects, but it’s worth every minute. Especially if you have done some woodworking before and you have some tools, making a guitar is a bold decision that you will be happy you made. All you need now are some good tips…
Getting Started Learning About Guitar Making
One of the best ways to get started with any new project is to read about it. In the beginning, tips are a huge resource for new makers. Tips teach you what to avoid, and they also teach you about lessons that can cost you time and money learning them yourself.
You can also buy a nice step by step book and start reading about the process to get familiar with what you are about to do. My Top 5 Acoustic Guitar Making Books is a great list to get you started with. I own all of the books on the list, and they each helped me quite bit.
Also, my 1,001 Acoustic Guitar Making Tips for Beginners shows you over a thousand tips for new guitar makers, It’s broken into sections of the guitar, and each one is thoroughly and completely covered.
Work From One Plan
One huge mistake that I get emails about is when someone buys a book and then a set of plans, and uses both. If you are going to buy a set of plans, a book is a nice to have for reference, but that’s about it.
Plans are meant to be built from, and followed. If you are following a book, then you are meant to follow the book. Mixing the two will only result in a guitar that is a poor mix of two designs that are not meant to be changed.
If you are a very visual person, and you can follow a drawing, then go for a plan. Everyone else should buy a book and go from there. Some books even have full size plans inside, which is the best of both worlds because the book will follow the included plans.
Work Slowly and Complete One Step at a Time
Don’t rush the guitar making process. It’s not about getting the thing done in a record time, it’s about making a guitar that you will enjoy playing in the end. If you rush, and create garbage, you will not get the full guitar making experience from the process.
Part of making a guitar is playing the guitar in the end. If you don’t play, then I recommend either learning or finding someone that does. You are going to want to experience the joy of hearing your instrument, which is different than making other things.
Most of your projects are silent, until you make a guitar. When you make something that plays music, it’s a whole new experience. Trust me, and know that making a guitar, especially if you play guitar, is a life changing experience.
Additional Information About Westfarthing Woodworks
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If you like guitar making, check out Acoustic Guitar Making for Beginners, which highlights the best parts of my massive 508 page acoustic guitar making book.