guitar projects

Articles about guitar building, customizing or setup projects.

1962 guitar kit

Popular Mechanics 1962 guitar kit

Popular Mechanics February 1962 carried this feature anouncing their build your own guitar kit. It was a simple one pickup single cut-away electric with a bolt on neck which sold for $42. I wonder if any of these guitars are still in use today? Here is the article in full:

Lollar Pickup Winding Books for sale

Jason Lollar asic Pickup Winding and Complete Guide to Making Your Own Winder

Jason Lollar has reissued his book, Basic Pickup Winding and Complete Guide to Making Your Own Pickup Winder. You can order it directly from his website. It is on sale for $60 plus shipping. The 3rd edition is mostly the same as the original but has a new preface, and the materials source list and references have been updated.

Jason says:

Be one of the hordes and minions managing your own pickup making sweat shop right here in the USA!

Gakken Mini Electric Guitar Kit

Gakken Mini Guitar Kit - number 26

The Japanese Gakken Mook series is a range of self assembly kits each with an accompanying mook (magazine-book). Kit number 26 is a particularly cool build-it-yourself miniature guitar. The kit has around 20 parts and should take an hour to put together, with the finished 4 string instrument about 15 inches long and 5 inches wide.

Build Your Own Clone Pedal


Build Your Own Clone sells a good range of guitar DIY guitar effects pedal kits, which are great for the inexperienced maker. Each kit is based on a famous effects pedal and comes with absolutely everything you need to build the pedal. Step by step instructions should make assembly a breeze.

Matchstick guitar


In Victorian times matchsticks were used as a sort of wooden Lego. Using small pieces as building blocks elaborate structures can be assembled, without the need for specialised woodworking tools. Using this technique Englishman Jack Hall make a guitar, mandolins, ukulele, banjo and other instruments out of matchsticks. The acoustic guitar, made in 1937, used 25,000 matchsticks.

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