How To Build A DIY Telecaster Guitar, Part 1
In this DIY Telecaster guitar build series, we're going to show you how to build your own DIY guitar modeled after a Fender Telecaster.
This project is one that I've been wanting to try for many years, and I finally feel like my shop is setup enough to properly build a guitar. I've never built a guitar from scratch before, so this will be as much a learning experience for me as it is for you. I hope you follow along with our build, and maybe this series will inspire you to build your own guitar!
DIY Guitar Materials (for part 1):
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Tools used in Part 1 of the DIY Guitar Build:
- Dewalt 12" Sliding Compound Miter Saw
- Porter Cable 6" Jointer
- Oneida Mini Gorilla Dust Collector
- Bessey K-Body Revo Parallel Bar Clamps
Part 1 of our DIY Guitar build covers the wood we chose for the guitar and rough cutting that wood. The piece of sapele purchased for the build was roughly 43" long by 9" wide by 1 ¾" thick. I cut two pieces from the board using the miter saw, then jointed one edge on each of the boards. You definitely want dust collection when working with the jointer, and the Oneida Molded Mini Gorilla did an awesome job. After jointing, I could glue the boards together with the help of some parallel bar clamps from Bessey.