View Full Version : My Custom Made Guitar

06-01-2008, 09:45 PM
Okay so I live in central oregon where "breedlove" handmade acoustic guitars are made, and my school's woodshop has an advanced woods class I am currently in. We are making these breedlove guitars. Some of these guitars we sell at our folk festival that we host, the lowest they have sold for is $600 and the highest price I can remember is $3600, with signatures from various artists of course. The guitars are $200 to make without things such as an Inlay or case, and a fretboard or headstock is about $20 for pear inlays. Pretty good for what they sell for at the festivals. Cool thing for me is this is going to be my first acoustic guitar, (i have two electrics, a yamaha and a epiphone les paul) and its all custom made. My acoustic I am making right now is all handpicked and handmade by me, and once I am finished I will sand down the headstock until the finish is off, cut out my inlay on the C&C machine and then put in my pear inlay, then put the finish back on. Due to the fact that I am a huge world war II buff, I decided to draw my inlay in cadd as the Iwo Jima Flag raising. Ill post some pics up when I'm done in a few weeks, but for now, here's what I have, 14 coats of finish completed.



So what do you think?
and yes, that signature on the inside is in fact, mine :D

06-01-2008, 09:57 PM
That's looking really good. I always wished I had the tools and time to build a custom guitar. I can't wait to see that inlay. Keep up the good work.

06-01-2008, 09:58 PM
thanks, apparently my school is one of two in the US that builds custom guitars in woodshop :D so i feel special.

06-02-2008, 02:55 AM
very nice! my physics teacher made himself a guitar last year. he asked if i wanted to make one too, but i didnt have the time.

06-02-2008, 03:34 AM
Very nice, I envy you and your school :D.

06-02-2008, 06:33 AM
Yeah its kinda funny I'm actually "cheating" so to speak in making this guitar. I couldn't find a good elective that I was interested in for 3rd period, so I just asked my woods teacher if I could be in his woods 1 class as an "aid" but work on my guitar. So i do, I also have him 4th period because he teaches Autodesk engineering and architecture, which gives me even more time to work on it if I want to. I've still got quite a bit of work ahead of me, from what I know of, I need to glue my bridge on, get my neck on completely, truss rod and everything (there are just two hand tightened bolts holding them together right now) and then I have to put finish on the fretboard, glue my nut, put the frets in, the tuning pegs, and I think thats it. but after that, i have to do what I said earlier to put my inlay in. Lots of work, and only 2 weeks left...

06-02-2008, 06:35 AM
looks awsome, that would be very to make your own. If I made my own acoustic I'd make it w/ double cut-aways

06-02-2008, 06:41 AM
yeah I actually asked my woods teacher if I could do that, but he said no just because they have only done dreadnought guitars :(

06-02-2008, 12:34 PM
I actually prefer the single cut-away les paul style. For me there's no real use for a top cut-away, just need a little something to hit those high notes but I don't seem to do very much of that on acoustic.

06-02-2008, 03:44 PM
yeah I have a les paul and I love its style. I really wish I could have had the cut away. Okay so today I got my neck finally glued on and I tightened the truss rod, so tomorrow I'll be gluing on my bridge and maybe finishing my fretboard.

EDIT: My bridge is glued on, and the whole thing should be strung by tomorrow :D. I have to take the strings and tuning pegs off afterwards to do my inlay, but my guitar is being used as a demo for the rest of us since I'm farthest in the class.

06-11-2008, 05:12 PM
okay so for an update, my fretboard is completely done, so is my iwo jima inlay on my headstock. The bridge is on, so is the saddle, so all I have to do tomorrow is put in my tuning pegs ( i already fitted them so all im doing is drilling a small hole for a screw to secure them to the headstock), then glue my nut in and then I finally get to string it all up. I will have a playable guitar tomorrow!!! whoohoo! Ill post some pics of the final product after school.

06-11-2008, 05:27 PM
sounds sweet

06-12-2008, 04:23 PM
Okay I just finished it about an hour or so ago, It looks great. I had a half day due to final exams, but I spent 3 hours after we got out on it, so, here it is :D






06-12-2008, 04:37 PM
Wtf!!!! I don't believe that! That's crazy! 10/10

06-12-2008, 04:51 PM
looks great, good job

06-12-2008, 04:52 PM
haha thanks, it took me 12 weeks, but I'm finally done, im so happy we got a C&C machine this year, otherwise i wouldnt have my inlay :D

06-12-2008, 05:42 PM
The wood is gorgeous!!

06-12-2008, 05:57 PM
The head inlay is very nice. As is the rest of the guitar :thumbup:

06-12-2008, 06:05 PM
Very nice! The inlay is awesome!

06-12-2008, 06:30 PM
very nice. For some reason I kept on thinking you were putting the inlay on the fretboard and I was wondering how that was going to turn out. It all makes sense now. So.....How's she sound? Throw up some audio for us.

06-12-2008, 07:19 PM
That is beautiful! Great job!!

06-12-2008, 09:05 PM
very nice. and im with cyber, i thought you would put the inlay on the fretboard.

06-12-2008, 09:06 PM
Sorry I have nothing to record with sadly, but it sounds great, its got a nice deep sound, i got a thicker set of sides than most people did, plus its got sort of a darker tone to it, it sounds great. Thanks for all the compliments guys, the wood is called myrtlewood, its absolutely awesome looking.

06-12-2008, 09:07 PM
yeah I was thinking about putting somethign on the fretboard, but i didnt have time to, i would have loved to put something extra on there, a little more WWII to my guitar :D

06-12-2008, 09:58 PM
Hey, you could always do it later. Do you have a cellphone that records or anything like that, hell, just plug a microphone into your computer and use audacity. I'll take your word for it.

06-13-2008, 11:52 AM
I'll look for a mic, but you don't want to hear my cell phone record it.... bleh haha