Thursday, January 12, 2012

Build A Guitar In A Day

Another Highline Envirocaster on the bench.

I've always wondered if it might be possible to build a guitar from start to finish in one day. If I had a CNC machine (a fast and expensive one!) I probably could. However, there was no way I could do it by hand. I'm fine with that since I have no desire to crank out guitars like a machine. If I was looking to make a living at this, I'd probably think more seriously about investing in automated processes. Instead, I am more interested in the art of working wood by hand. Even though it takes more time, I can still manage to make a couple of necks or bodies in a day. I can do most of the work to build a complete guitar in about a week. Unfortunately, applying the finish is what drags out the process.


  1. Hello Chris, my name is Luciano Nunes Ferreira and I live in South River .. in BRAZIL!
    I'm thinking of starting some activities luthiery. We are finalizing the construction of the 'workshop', nothing too big, however, something that is possible to build some bass and / or guitars. Let's see how it goes! I am seriously considering buying a Router that first time. A big hug, I have followed your blog since last summer.

    1. Welcome Luciano! I have a lot of friends in South America. Guitar building must be a big thing down there. If you get a chance, send me some photos of your new shop and I'll post them here on my blog.