Building a guitar: Conclusion

4 thoughts on “Building a guitar: Conclusion”

  1. The tools were the most expensive part of the build I see and the guitar materials came to just under 460 euro and no doubt you used very expensive hardware. Still even looking at the price it still makes you wonder how Harley Benton can make an electric guitar and sell it for 65 euro and still make any profit from it.

    No doubt this was quite an expensive project. Far too much to even consider having a go at trying to build my own guitar. For the price of the hardware alone you could buy a reasonable guitar I would of thought and it would have a proper finish too :))))))).

    No doubt mistakes were bound to happen doing a first build and a lot can be learned from them too. Although there is some precision that goes into building a guitar and it does not mean your skills will be that precise with those tools the next time building one either.

    But time is a key factor. Most skilled luther’s will take even 5 to 10 times longer than you did on this first build. They can spend months just on the neck alone.

    You now have more tools than ever, but those tools will always come in handy even for other projects beside building guitars. Your next guitar build will cost you less being as you have the tools now too.

    But even to think that you spent all that money on building a guitar. I could of got a lovely Yamaha Compass acoustic guitar for that, and those things are genuine beauties and precision made :)))))))).

  2. Very interesting to follow this process and I think you’ve coped remarkably well considering the limitations of your set up. I have thought about building my own guitar but only for a passing moment. Likewise I’ve thought about assembling one from ready made parts or having a custom build from a luthier. Quick research showed me that assembling a guitar to the spec I wanted was far from a cheap option and while there is something appealing about having a bespoke guitar handcrafted by an expert this also brings certain problems of its own. The biggest one for me was that the guitar, whether self assembled or bespoke, would have no readily ascertainable resale value. You would have to find a buyer keenly aware of what they wanted whose ideas fell into line with yours in order to recoup anything significant from your investment. I have a vintage Levinson Blade which was customised by a previous owner but he was obliged to accept little more than half his original asking price for the guitar when he decided to sell. For all his investment the guitar on the open market was worth no more than if he had left it in its original state, and I was the only buyer. I’m not sure I would be able to realise a similar price if I decided to sell. For all the undoubted appeal of something experimental, eccentric or distinctive I realised that all I really wanted was the look, feel and sound of a Standard Stratocaster, so that’s what I got.

    1. I agree with you, the resale-value of an instrument like this is close to zero or just the value of its components. That’s the downside of every custom instrument, which is made for the special requirements of a single musician. In my case I am sure, that most guitar-players would hate my “custom features” and “eccentric” is a very good description. BTW a Standard Strat is on my wish-list …

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