While some instruments are affordable, you will always have to spend money to provide the needs of your little ones with music no matter what. While it can’t be avoided to invest in music, there are ways to make the most out of your money.
Building a guitar is hard, but it allows you to fully customize your guitar so you can play as effective as possible.
Shaping the Body of The Guitar
Before shaping the guitar, you’ll have to acquire a piece of wood or anything that can serve as the body. This may cost you about $50 to $240.
The first thing to do is the mark, and make sure you only mark the outlines (where you’re going to cut out) on the body blank. Make sure you use a 1/4” blade or something like that. Then cut off the excess pieces of wood to make it smoother.
Sanding the Relief Cuts
You’ll find that the blade will have left cuts in the corners of the guitar. That’s the part that you’ll have to sand. You may use a sanding drum that is attached to the drill press to do this. While it may take some time, you can move to the next step after doing so.
Customizing the Neck
The first thing to do is take the neck of the guitar and trace it up to the top of the guitar. You will then need a router and set it to the right deepness. Then clean up the corners with a chisel. Finally, you’ll have to drill the holes, but make sure it is of the correct size and don’t go too deep.
Strapping the Buttons
After the routing, chiseling, and the drilling steps, you will have to fasten the strap buttons of the guitar. You should attach it in the appropriate sizes of the guitar as you will need to drill it into the guitar later on. But make sure it is of proper depth and after all that, you’ll have to screw the buttons down.
The pickguard is the piece of plastic or other laminated materials placed in the body of the guitar. Along the shaping and sanding step, you’d have done something to allow for the pickguard to be fitted in the body.
Now what you have to do is simply cut the pickguard just like how you cut the guitar. Depending on your preferences, you can choose between Stratocaster or Telecaster pickguards. Remember that each has its own specialties when it comes to guitar-playing.
Although you’ve already done routing in the neck part, you’ll have to do it also in the part where you’ll have to place the pickguard. The first thing to do is to mark the template for routing. You can do this by tracing the pickup into a wood, preferably a thin one.
After that, make sure to trace around the exterior of the pickguard but make sure it’s bigger than the pickup. Finally, you have to rout the drawing of the cavity and you’re finished.
Although building a guitar isn’t as easy as it may seem, being able to finish the building process can be very satisfying. What’s more, it’ll help kids express their inner creativity by making their own guitar. Just make sure they are supervised and help them by using the power tools.