High quality guitar necks, bodies and components have never been more readily available. Before you launch your first solidbody guitar assembly project, grab this book! Whether you’re starting with a prefinished neck and body, or spraying your own finish, this is the best guide to choosing, assembling, wiring and setting up a custom "parts" guitar.
Build Your Own Electric Guitar is the ideal guide to bringing together high quality pre-finished components for the guitar of your dreams. Excellent color photos and instructions detail each step of the assembly and setup process.
Contents in brief:
Introduction by Brian May
Features of the classic ‘S’ type solidbody guitar
Choosing the body, neck, hardware and pickups
Hand tools and safety tips
Neck, bridge and tremolo installation
Making a nut
Wiring the guitar: single-coil and humbucking pickup arrangements
Installing piezo saddles
Using an unfinished neck and body: spraying a lacquer finish
Custom peghead shaping
Setups: neck alignment, truss rod, nut, bridge, intonation and shielding
Options: hardtail conversion,Tremsetter installation, relic hardware finishing
Four project solidbodies: '50s style, '60s style, modern quilt-top, and "dark side" custom
Case study: Brian May's homebuilt "Red Special"
Interviews: Guitar tech Pete Malandrone and luthier Andrew Guyton
Case study: Bo Diddley's unique Gretsch Electromatic
Step-by-step instructions for making a cigar box guitar