I have posted step-by-step instructions for this project on my Inventables Project Page. If you have an X-Carve, then maybe you would like to try tackling this project. One thing I learned while making this guitar is that double-checking your measurements and settings, as well as making test cuts, is key to a successful outcome. I tested the guitar body, neck, and fretboard measurements by cutting a single pass on scrap wood before carving any of my good wood.
Below is a list of the guitar parts that I purchased to complete this project. These are a mix of items from the C.B. Gitty and Stewart-MacDonald websites. I highly recommend purchasing all parts prior to carving the guitar, because the parts you use will dictate some of the guitar dimensions.
- 2pc. White Plastic 6-String Guitar Nuts (CBGitty.com Part 31-074-01)
- Chrome Adjustable Bridge for Electric Guitar (CBGitty.com Part 31-065-01)
- Chrome Sealed-Gear Tuners - 6pc. Inline Right-aligned (CBGitty.com Part 31-006-02)
- Pre-Wired 6-String Single Coil Pickup Harness - Black (CBGitty.com Part 54-006-01)
- U-channel Truss Rod, Electric (StewMac.com Item # 1177-E)
- StewMac Medium Fretwire, Medium/medium, 2 ft x 3 Qty (StewMac.com Item # 0148)
- Neck Mounting Plate, Chrome, with screws (StewMac.com Item # 0131)
- Strap Buttons - Set of 2, Chrome, set of 2 (StewMac.com Item # 0170)
- Electric Guitar Strings (Light 009 Gauge Recommended)
- Control cavity cover made from wood or plastic
Below is a list of the tools I used to build the guitar. If you do not have an X-Carve, you could use a bandsaw, router, and fretsaw to make a guitar, along with the help of some homemade templates and jigs; however, your cuts may not be as accurate.
- X-Carve Machine, Computer, Easel Software
- .25" 2-flute upcut spiral bit for the body and neck
- .125 and .024 spiral bits for the fretboard
- Rasp and Files
- Phillips Screwdriver Small
- Drill/Driver and drill bits
- Adjustable Wrench Small
- 5 Minute 2-Part Epoxy
- Wood Glue
- CA Glue
- Sandpaper and Finishing Materials
Overall, I'm very pleased with how my first electric guitar turned out. It's not a Fender or a Gibson, it's just a "Carmichael". There are a few things I would like to do differently on my second guitar, such as learn how to use the X-Carve to carve the profile on the back of the neck. Keep an eye out for my Electric Guitar Follow Up video where I discuss all of the details regarding what I will do differently next time.
Thank you to Inventables for sponsoring this project and providing the X-Carve, milling bits, Easel software, and inspiration that I needed to scratch this project off my bucket list.