The AdjustOvation Build:
This is a complete start to finish custom build. The base is an Ovation Applause with the upper bout holes. I planned out this build for several months and then put the pieces together for this build over a few months while buying other parts for my guitar site. The idea was to build a Jazz guitar . I wanted a vibrato. I wanted a roller bridge.
This manual will provide that step by step instruction to guide you in learning to figure out what your needs are for a custom built guitar on a budget. Where to find the parts, how to do the work and more. I will build a custom SG in my shop. Change the scale on the guitar. Modify the neck to fit, wire it, install pickups and more. I will also give tips and pointers as I do the build and fully photograph it.
This guide will give you information that you can use to build your own guitars. As with any project there is a great deal of time involved with learning to do things correctly, but I have found over the years that slowing down, doing things step by step, you can come very close to perfect results every time.
I cover two easy beginner builds…
This is a seven string acoustic project. I started with a damaged acoustic guitar as a base: Stripped the neck and top off and began my build on this basic skeleton. The work covered includes building a soundboard; gluing the soundboard to the body and all that entails. Building a custom rosewood bridge and string peg pod: Designing and building the top, installing Humbuckers; building a hybrid electronics system and pod with a built in tuner.
Whether we are customizing a guitar, repairing a fractured neck, refretting a beloved instrument or building our own guitar from scratch, there are those of us who love to work on and modify our guitars. I have done so for many years and I build hundreds of guitars in the process.
This will cover a snapped neck, how to make a lasting repair and the order in which to do the multiple repairs to perform that.
This manual is designed to get you comfortable with doing your own neck repairs, refretting jobs and cutting, shaping and installing your own nut or saddle. It covers a complete rebuild of a damaged neck: Fret board removal, truss rod installation; it will show you how to radius the new board and install new frets.
When I built the Acoustic Seven string Jazz guitar I used a donor acoustic as the base. That acoustic had a bad neck set and at the conclusion of that project I came across that neck which had come off the acoustic body with little damage and decided that now that it was off the body it should be recycled. So I began this scrap wood build with only a neck that I was reluctant to throw away and a body blank I had made from some recycled roof rafters and abandoned for a year.
This manual will give you information to re-finish, or spot repair guitars. As with any project there is a great deal of time involved with learning to do things correctly, but I have found over the years that slowing down, doing things step by step, you can come very close to perfect results every time. This manual will provide step by step instruction to guide you in learning to apply a perfect finish to your guitar. I have provided examples of Both Acrylic and Nitrocellulose lacquer, full paints as well as spot repairs in my shop.
This manual covers making a custom nut or saddle for your guitar.
It will show you how to take a bone blank and turn it into a saddle; how to get the shape and measurements you need to accomplish it: How to install it and set it up to your own tastes.This manual covers repairs that can save you hundreds of dollars in a professional shop.
This is a step by step custom Ovation build. Installing a roller bridge, tremolo, Piezo discs and a humbucker as well. Starting from the shell of the donor guitar and continuing on to the completed guitar. Along the way you will learn finish work and get a good idea of how to approach your own custom guitar build. Reinforcing the bridge area, prepping the surface for damage repair and a refinish. Much more. Full color images help the teaching process along.
This is a complete start to finish custom build. The base is an Fender CD60 Acoustic cutaway guitar.
The idea was to build a Studio guitar. I wanted a guitar that I didn’t have to worry about scratching up if I dragged it out for late night playing sessions. In the same breath I wanted a guitar that would give me consistent sound. I also wanted a standard pickup alone with the under the saddle piezo, but I wanted these two sound systems to be separate from one another
Check out a few build segments in these videos:
A junked Ovation guitar rebuilt…
Some of my builds from the Guitar Works Manuals…
Building the 7 string Jazz guitar…