PART I - BEFORE YOU BEGIN
I. General Information
B. What should I know about this FAQ?
C. Where can I find information on this FAQ?
F. Version History
G. What’s New In This Version?
H. Freeware Description
II. So You Want To Build A Guitar
A. Why build a guitar?
B. Is building a guitar cheaper than buying one?
C. How much will it cost?
D. How long will it take?
E. What will I need to get started?
A. What types of wood are commonly used?
B. What's all this "quarter" talk?
C. Does the type of wood affect the sound?
D. What are their properties?
E. How much does wood cost?
F. Where can I get the wood?
G. How do I choose a wood?
IV. Tools and Materials
A. What tools do I need?
B. How much will they cost?
C. Where can I buy them?
A. Use a dust mask when sanding
B. Basic Shop safety
PART 2 - BUILDING A GUITAR
V. Initial Considerations
A. What parameters do I need to consider before I start?
B. Can I say I built it from scratch?
VI. The Body
A. What size should I make the body?
B. What shape should I make the body?
C. Should I laminate the body? How?
VII. The Neck
A. What is scale length and what does it mean?
B. How do I determine fret spacing?
C. What kind of frets should I use?
D. What type of nut should I use?
E. What type of tuners should I use?
F. What types of neck joints are there?
G. How do I put on a decal?
H. Do I need a neck angle?
I. Can I buy pre-slotted fingerboards?
J. Can I buy pre-assembled necks?
K. What is the easiest (cheapest) way to clamp frets?
L. How do I repair a nut slot that is cut too low?
M. How do I measure for proper nut height?
VIII. The Electronics
A. What are the capacitors doing?
B. How do I shield cavities to prevent that humming sound?
C. What is that annoying scraping sound in the potentiometers?
D. How does a pickup work?
E. How does a humbucker work?
F. What is the difference between series and parallel wiring?
G. What is a four wire pickup?
A. What should I do now?
X. The Finish
A. How do I stain a guitar?
B. What kind of paint should I use for colors?
C. What is a sample finishing schedule?
D. How do I remove a finish?
PART 3 - THE FINAL STEPS
A. Why did my paint chip when I installed the parts?
B. To be supplied
A. How do I adjust intonation?
B. How should I vertically adjust my bridge saddles?
A. How often should I replace my strings?
B. When should I reset my intonation?
C. What is the best way to polish the frets?
D. How do I pull a fret?
E. What is a fret job?
F. How do I clean the gunk off the fretboard?
PART 4 – TIPS AND TRICKS
A. Pre-drill humbucker corners before routing
C. Bridge Location (for a fixed bridge)
D. Bridge pickup location
G. Strengthen a floating tremolo mounting
H. More tips on routing
I. Make a scale body image for free!
J. Another take on routing and parts
K. More tips on getting started
L. Cutting, finishing, and buying wood
PART 5 – PITFALLS AND PROBLEMS
A. Bandsaw too small
B. Drill press too small
C. Trouble with painting area
D. Paint build-up
Appendix A. Wood Suppliers
Appendix B. Parts Suppliers
Appendix C. Tools and Materials
Appendix D. Fret Spacing Tables
Appendix E. Books
Appendix F. Videos
Appendix G. Organizations
Appendix H. Schools
Appendix I. Sample Cost
Appendix J. Wood Reactions
Appendix K. Contributors
Appendix L. Web Resources