An average Joe builds a guitar from scratch.

Well, bad news.  I had a whole post written out where I was all poetic about the virtues of making things by hand, and how it’s so nice to produce something that anyone can relate to, versus my regular day job, which is really good and all, but not obviously making the world a better place…

And it was deleted.  And now I have to go back to the workshop.  Damnit.

The gist of it was basically that it’s great to be pretty crappy at something because it feels good to get better at it.  And if you make something by hand, it’s really easy to take pride in that, especially if it’s something other people can relate to.

I write powerpoint presentations for a living.  Most people can’t relate to that.  Guitars, on the other hand, are freaking awesome.  No, I’m not going to become a professional luthier (not yet, or maybe ever).  But I’m going to continue to make stuff by hand.  It feels good.  I highly recommend it.

Alright, some pics.

I beveled the edge on that little cedar support, because why not?


Here is the beginning of the neck.






Left is dirty, right is clean. Pride in my work! Exclamation!


7 months ago