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Quick let's throw together a Les Paul styled guitar, it will be simple, we have most of the parts and the wood, says my imagination. Sigh... 10 months later, several minor plan changes and lots of work to go. Ok, someday I will get this guitar done. 

The thief broke into my house and .... no not really. Ok, so it was not mine at the time... I bought a Marshall AVT 150 head that "needs work" off Facebook Market place a few months back for a great price. Hey, I repair amps and things, this should be easy. I get the amp home start testing. Yup preamp works great, but nothing out of the main outputs. Ok, seems like a standard case of blowen TDA7293 on the output.  I pull the amp apart and I see why... there are no output boards. Now I know why they wanted to make the transaction quickly.

What do you need to build a guitar? Here is a basic list of the tools you will need. Tools that made this list are tools that I use on every build OR tools that I have used in the past until I replace them with more expensive tools. 

Today we look at a combo...

Something to Clamp

For clamps, I believe in using anything cheap as long as it clamps squarely. I buy 90% of my tools off Amazon, the one notable exception is clamps. I pick my clamps up at Harbor Freight. HF hits the right point between cheap and uesable. Here are some examples: 

I made a mistake. A big mistake. About a 150-hour mistake. Well, OK… let’s call it a learning experience.  It all started simply enough. Hey, this dye works on fabric, I can get it at walmart, it’s cheap. Win-Win. I’m sure it will work on wood. Sure enough, it did. It looked fantastic. Then it all went bad. Really bad.

What do you need to build a guitar? Here is a basic list of the tools you will need. Tools that made this list are tools that I use on every build OR tools that I have used in the past until I replace them with more expensive tools. 

Today we look at Shaping and smoothing tools. As I write this, I realize that a really enjoy working with most of the tools in this category. Taking a rough cut out of a plank of wood and turning it into a guitar body or neck is a massive transformation. These tools are most hand-ons tool that you will use through this process.