Build a Fender-Style Guitar Body


There are already many Instructables on this subject in general, but that’s just how I did it for this guitar style. Make a hollow body or guitar The Paul-style takes different stages and techniques so that it will not work fully with all guitar styles other than a flat roof, solid body, screwed in guitar. The dimensions indicated are for this body only; If you want to make a Strat or Tele or other, you will, therefore, need more or less wood. The form of it is a hybrid of a Fender Jazzmaster and Stratocaster.


Wood: 2 parts, 8/4 (~ 1.75 “finished) wood, 8 x 20”
Any hardwood can work; Maple, mahogany, alder, poplar or Linden are traditional. The two objects to keep in memory here are weight and finishing procedure. You could make an oak body if you wanted, But it should weigh a hundred pounds. I do not buy entirely in wood with a drastic effect on the tone of an electric guitar, beyond the harder woods – maple, ash – giving a slightly healthier and milder woods – mahogany- -giving her a little softer. This site is an excellent resource for info on the tone “features,” finish ability and weight of different guitar woods typically used.
Wood glue
Titebond works perfectly for this, do not owe anything fancy. Gorilla Glue will give the bond stronger, but it is also a pain to work with as it stretches the joint considerably during drying and requires extensive cleaning; It is also a bear of sand. Do not recommend.
Grain filling (optional)
If you use something with an exaggerated and open grain – mahogany, ash – you’ll want to fill the grain before finishing, or you’re going to be dumping gallon finishing on getting smooth.
Painting / dyeing (optional)
I used latex paint here; This is not a traditional choice, but it is the best way to get a customized color, as any home improvement store can mix for you. If you go in this way, a sample size container is a lot; If you use any spray paint, 1 may need to do it for a denser wood like maple, 2 for something more porous like mahogany.
Transparent Layer: 2-3 boxes
I use glossy lacquer; The polyurethane is easier to apply (requires fewer layers) and more durable, but it goes on the fat, and I do not look like that. More modern guitars have finished poly, though.

Jig Saw or Band Saw
Drill press
Sanding machine
Orbital sander / finishing
Forstner and standard core drill bits
1/4, 1/2 and 1/2 roundover router irons
60, 120, sandpaper 220
Steel wool 0000