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 until I replace them with more expensive ones. 

Today we look at Shaping and smoothing tools. As I write this, I realize that I 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 are the most hands-on tools you will use through this process.


  1. Rasp and file
  2. Sand Paper (Sander) I find I use sandpaper less and less for shaping. If it was not for smoothing, i would hardly use sandpaper.
  3. Cabinet Scrapers - I have a recent flirtation with Cabinet Scrapers
  4. Router - I just about lost a finger to a bad router setup. Yet I still enjoy using them.


Submitted by user on Fri, 07/07/2023 - 16:17