• 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

    Oct 17,
    - by adam
  • "Small change got arranged"... Yes, that's the verse from Tom Waits' song but this post is not about it. I decided to go for some minor changes on this site so here's a brief explanation. The goal of that site was to keep a "build diary" of my first (and hopefully more) guitar but also to share some knowledge on guitar building and write about these guitars that I consider "legendary" or I just love. Or would like to have some day. While the "diary and knowledge" part stays on the site, I decided to temporarily get rid of guitars' descriptions. To be honest, I don't really have much time for that but most of all - I'd like to

    Oct 11,
    - by adam
  • 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

    Sep 20,
    - by adam
  • 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

    Sep 19,
    - by adam
  • 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

    Sep 12,
    - by adam