For many years guitar players have been modifying their instruments,
even to the point where many mainstream manufacturers now
offer pre-modified guitars with the most popular “player”
However if you want a truly custom one of a kind instrument there are
two options. Option one, have a manufacturer’s custom shop
build one for you for,for this you will need to dig very deep
into your pockets or option two, build an instrument out of
WD Music has long been providing this service in fact one of the first
reviews carried out on this site back in 2003 was the building
of a Strat-style Modular Guitar System
(MSG) for WD Music. However, although an excellent introduction to building a guitar,
with several options to choose from, that instrument was not
a true custom guitar build, which is what we are going to
tackle in this article.
The ability to choose from a large selection of quality parts is what
this article will focus on, this way you can tailor the instrument
to your own needs, with your own personal selection of body,
neck, electronics, hardware and other components. This will
enable you to build highly customised instrument unique to
yourself, with a very reasonable investment.
That said, I think that it is also important to mention, that I am
by no means a skilled luthier. Just an online magazine editor
and weekend warrior musician with a passion for musical equipment
and some experience in the different skills that will be needed
to build this instrument.
I hope therefore that the process that I will follow as a “Regular
Joe” will encourage others to build their own instruments
and that this article will serve as a guideline for your own
Choosing the Parts
This is undoubtedly the most important part of your project. There
many choices to be made and these carry options within themselves.
It is essential to think carefully about all the options available
and how these are dependant on each other.
For this project the following parts where chosen.
Telecaster Tobacco Sunburst Swamp
Rosewood neck with extended fretboard
with 22 frets.
Genuine Kluson Tuners (With adapter
Wilkinson compensated bridge
Gold Anodized T Style Pickguard.
Kent Armstrong Hot Alnico Telecaster
CTS Potentiometers and Switchcraft
Jack with 10% Taper
0.047 and 0.001 Sprague Orange Drop
OAK Three way switch
Black and white vintage cloth wire.