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  • DIY electric guitar. Build Diary [Martha - "Pinecaster(ish) build"]

    Enough dreaming. Time to go from words to deeds :) Knowing (and only I know that) how many years it took me to really make that first and most important step, I'm more than happy to announce that I finally started. First cuts has been made! Recently I apologized myself for the delay and not starting when I was going to start. However, a full bottle of glue is already here. A brand new jigsaw, some nice rasp files, a bunch of clamps of different sizes, a good'ol hand sanding block and a good supply of a sanding paper (40-320 grit so far) are here as well. What you see at the pictures is the wood that I was talking

  • 2016/09/20

    The pine wood is not really considered a „tone wood”. It's been said many times that it's not hard and dense enough to be used for guitar bodies. Yet, „Martha” will be made mostly out of pine. Read on… There's a common belief that the body of an electric guitar should be made of so called „hard wood” and it's mostly due to the resonance and stability. While the latter is indeed important the former is partially a myth. Why? Because most of the tone does not come from wood (as opposite to acoustic and classic guitars) but from pickups. Electric guitar pickup doesn't work by picking up the vibrations of the guitar body but by transferring changes in an

  • 2016/09/19

    The headstock turned out to be the most difficult part to design. Finally though, here it is. But wait, is it a headstock or a head? While I imagined body shape of my guitar a long time ago, I was not able to come up with any headstock design that would satisfy me. I tried different options and even though a few times I was close to say "hey, that's it", something was holding me in place. Apparently, it's good sometimes to tell somebody else what you think and feel and then just leave it to that person. So, here's the first - but defnitely approved - sketch of the headstock my first diy guitar:     That's just a

  • 2016/09/12

    It's been some time since I last posted here. Summer was hot (it still is actually), we welcomed a lot of guests and  did some travelling. But now vacation are over so it's time to get back to workshop and start some cutting. We (me and my Better Part) attended WorldCamp Europe and it was an unforgettable experience. I can't wait for next year's meeting in Paris. Some friends visited us in our home and we also travelled a bit around Poland, had great fun at wedding party in Maidstone, UK and started refitting our appartment. All in all, it was busy but great time. Now fall's knocking at our door and I feel it's time to get back to

  • 2016/06/13

    Recently I started a series about wood that's used for guitar building. I'm gonna cover some interesting aspects and ideas there but now I guess it's time to say something about the guitar I'm building. The choice of wood may not be surprising: it's pine. So, why did I decide to go with pine wood? Many guitar builders and luthiers say that pine is just a piece of shit and shouldn't ever be used as a material for guitar body. Although their explanation is usually full of "wisdom" it's simply not true. I'll cover that in details in one of my future posts but for now let me say just that: there are many different kinds of pine and some

  • 2016/05/30

    I may be full of feelings and even romantic but the guitar won't build itself. It always start with ideas and it's time to make these ideas alive. Pretty much everbody builds first diy electric guitar as a Telecaster clone. I'm not sure why is that so. Is it because it seems to be easy to cut out? Or is it just about its legendary tone and "playability"? Yes, I'm gonna build one too but not this time. I've decided that my very first guitar cannot be a clone in any way. Sure, there are inspirations taken from here and there, including Telecaster. But in case I screwed up I wouldn't be able to look at myself in a mirror.

  • 2016/05/25

    "Today Martha was born" - I wrote here. It's not that hard to guess that "Martha" is the name I gave to my first hand build DIY guitar. The question is however: why? There was a few Marthas in my life. I met some girls of that name but none of them is the reason. They all were fantastic and I'm sure they wouldn't mind if I used that name to honor them. That's not the case though. You see, along with my first attempts to play a guitar came a music discovery. I found out about Tom Waits and immediately became fascinated. The last song on his first album (side A of the vinyl issue) is a beautiful piece

  • 2016/05/24

    When I was a kid, I dreamt of learning to play any instrument. I lived in a small village and all I could start with was an accordion. I still got it. Haven't played it for years, didn't even took it out of its case since 1990 at least! But I still have it and will not ever sell it. I never thought about a guitar. It was a hot summer night when I fell in love with guitar. Actually, it was a girl that I fell in love with. But she played the guitar. She showed me some basic chords and that summer night over camp fire under the falling stars did its magic. Teenage love's long gone. The