In a serendipitous turn of events - while I was getting frustrated trying to figure out if my Strat has an intonation issue that needs a new setup or just needs new strings, I saw a post by @dennise about a guitar kit she got, and I also watched Justin’s video on guitar tone where he says that we’re all in the market for a new guitar, all the time! I’ve thought about getting a guitar kit on and off over the years, because I know absolutely nothing about how an electric guitar works, and the only thing I can do ‘maintenance wise’ is change strings, and I think it would be a good way to learn more. I’ve also thought about buying a cheap used electric and taking it apart and putting it back together, but I kind of like the idea of finishing the guitar too. Anyway, with this confluence of events I really had no choice (haha) and voila – NGD!! It barely looks like a guitar now, but in time I should have a non-quality (again - haha) but playable tele-style electric guitar. With a cool finishing.
Many of you know I am not a techie, at all. My firm intent though is to be a patient learner through this process, and not fall away into complete frustration when things inevitably don’t progress perfectly. Should be a fun project!
That’s cool Mari, looking forward to this story. I’ll sat “happy ngd” in lower case and wait for the BIG reveal once you get cracking. Like the natural finish !
I am thinking of doing the same thing, a kit seems a good way to start. Hope you can keep us updated with progress reports and maybe I can learn something from you. Good luck with the project.
@toby thanks! I like the natural look as well but I am probably going to paint it, not stain it. A good friend of mine has a woodworking shop and I’ve already got him interested in the project, so I will get some pointers from him and also have a place to work on the finishing. I have a cool idea for the finishing but won’t share it yet as it may change
@skinnyt you can maybe learn from my mistakes! Lol
I don’t think putting it together will take too long, the finishing might though. I’m going to put it together to make sure everything’s a good fit and it plays, see if I need to change anything, decide if I want to upgrade any of the components, etc. Then I’m going to take it apart, finish it, and put it back together again. I will definitely post pictures. No idea how long the project will be.
Looks like fun Mari as for paint I have always wanted to try this. There are lots of videos on youtube
with you building the guitar you can do the body first with out the neck.
Here’s this guy does the head stock to match the body
Thanks for the videos @stitch , that swirl finish looks really interesting!
Great stuff. I’ve got a friend who built and electric from a kit. Had a lot of fun doing it
Mari, great idea to build a kit. You will learn a lot. Perhaps even some precision soldering and how capacitance influences the sound.
I will be following your build and like others learning along the way.
@tony I think it will be fun, and also very informative for me
@ChasetheDream Well Robert I had to look up ‘capacitance’! I wasn’t thinking in such fancy-ish words lol but I was thinking if I changed out the PUPs I would learn something about sound.
As for soldering, I decided to pay $20 more and order the solderless kit, before I thought to ask my friend if I can use his wood working studio. I don’t have high hopes for the extra $20 I spent though so I expect I will still learn about soldering anyway!
This looks awesome. I’m looking forward to your progress reports.
(My father built my mandolin from a kit. One of my most treasured instruments.)
Nice! Good luck and enjoy!
I did this 18 months ago to see what would happen and to learn from the process as well… I took a secondhand beaten up kids guitar for £20 and re-worked it. I knew nothing before and a minimal amount of woodwork outside of DIY type stuff beforehand so it was good to experiment. It was rewarding and I learnt lots! Its not that playable still so at least starting with a kit you will have better luck than me!
Enjoy and am looking forward to see how it looks and sounds!
@J.W.C Jason if the finishing works out how I’m thinking - and if it’s decently playable! - it will certainly be a treasure to me. In any event I will learn a few things though.
@grayal Thanks Al. I knew I wouldn’t be the only one interested in this idea as a learning tool. My kit is pretty cheap but definitely more than $20 (not counting finishing costs either), but it will be well worth it to me for the learning and hopefully to have another cool guitar, that is playable!
Watching with eyes (& ears) wide open, Mari
Mari, great idea - I’ve still got mine to do as it’s been stalled for a while.
I’m looking forward to seeing how you get on with it, most of it isn’t too difficult, the setting up is the hardest part really, you may need to get a few tools!
Watching to see how you get on with it, there’s been a few nice ideas been thrown into the ‘melting pot’ - Wasn’t that a song by Blue mink?
@brianlarsen I hope to get started on the weekend. Theoretically I could finish a mock-up on the weekend, but I am not counting on that!
@DarrellW I did see something about you working on a kit, I’m surprised you’re working on it, and not finished!
Never heard of the band Blue Mink, I’ll have to check them out and see if I actually do know anything by them