• 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
  • 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

    Jun 13,
    - by adam
  • 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.

    May 30,
    - by adam