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Design Your Own Guitar

Rated 4.92 out of 5 based on 13 customer ratings
(13 customer reviews)

£79

Design your own guitar ONLINE contains full instructions and a library of templates so you can create your own original guitar design and working drawing.

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Includes:

  • Over 4 1/2hrs of structured video lessons
  • Library of patterns to customise your design
  • Direct access to ask me any questions
  • LIFETIME ACCESS!

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Design Your Own Guitar

Why design your own guitar?

Designing your own guitar is fun and working through the design process is a great way to gain a better understanding of the instrument.

If you like guitars, this is a really interesting way to spend a few hours, but also a great starting point if you want to get a custom guitar made, or build your own.

You could just follow a pre-made plan but it is much more rewarding to design completely from scratch. You can let your imagination run wild as guitars can be virtually any shape.

A working drawing is essential if you intend to build the guitar and an invaluable way to communicate your ideas to your guitar maker should you decide to have it made for you.

Course Goals:

  • By the end of the course you will understand the guitar design process and be able to create a full scale working drawing of an electric guitar
  • an overview of the design process
  • guitar anatomy – wood, parts, hardware
  • understand the difference between main construction methods – bolt on, set and neck-thru
  • how to make key design decisions at each stage
  • drawing techniques
  • how to complete your own working drawing
  • top tips
  • much more
  • Shot with 4 cameras to show every angle!

Overall Aim

To begin with a blank sheet of paper and work through the entire design process, making vital decisions as you go. You will finish with a custom guitar drawing of your very own.

Step by Step

The course will guide you step by step through the guitar design process from the perspective of a professional builder.

The design will be a real working drawing of a guitar and the course is intended to give you the best possible chance of success if you do go ahead and build.

The guitar designed in this course will be made in the next course – Build Your Own First Guitar.

Over and over again

You will need only a few inexpensive items to complete your drawing. These along with the course material can be used over and over again as many times as you want until you find the perfect design!

How long will it take?

Drawing a shape for your guitar is the easy bit. Making sure all the important bits are in the right place and that it will actually work as a musical instrument requires a little work.

It will take a couple of hours to go through the process the first time as there is a lot of information to cover but once you have completed the course and understand the process will become easier and quicker.

Whats included

The course contains full instructions and a library of templates to create your own original guitar design and working drawing. It covers all aspects of designing a solid body electric guitar, including vital information on construction styles, wood, hardware, bridges, tuners, pickups , electrics and much more!

Library of templates

(downloadable PDF’s) are included for tracing, to aid in your drawing.

  • Pickups: single coil, humbucker, P90
  • Control Cavities and Layouts
  • Standard and Floyd Rose Trem
  • Headstocks and Tuner Locations
  • Neck joints: Bolt on, set neck and neck thru

Why I wrote it

There is much myth and confusion around the world of guitar design. This course aims to fix that and help to avoid many of the common mistakes made by the unwary.

Whats possible

These instructions cover only solid body electric guitars. Acoustic, semi-acoustic and archtop guitars have other aspects of the design like bracing which is beyond the scope of this book.

Left hand or right hand

Left handed designs can also be drawn using this method. Whenever you see this symbol LH read the note and it will tell you what to do, usually this will be simply turning the tracing over.

What are the requirements?

  • NO previous knowledge of guitars, drawing or design is needed
  • pencil, sharpener and rubber
  • large blank paper around 1.2m/ 4 feet min (wallpaper/liner roll is ideal)
  • Rulers – 150mm or 300mm(6 or 12 inch) and 1000mm (40 inch)
  • Drafting square (or protractor from drawing set)
  • a roll of masking tape or 4 spring clips
  • tracing paper
  • a table or board to work

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Over 32 lectures and 4 1/2 hours of content!
  • By the end of the course you will understand the guitar design process and be able to create a full scale working drawing of an electric guitar
  • an overview of the design process
  • guitar anatomy – wood, parts, hardware
  • understand the difference between main construction methods – bolt on, set and neck-thru
  • how to make key design decisions at each stage
  • drawing techniques
  • how to complete your own working drawing
  • top tips
  • much more

What is the target audience?

  • Anyone interested in guitars, guitar making and guitar design

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  1. One person found this helpful
    Tom

    5 out of 5 Ascending the guitar learning curve!

    Tom

    Mark is an excellent tutor who presents his guitar design/building expertise in a calm, considered manner, and with good humour. As an artist technician I am asked to make all manner of things, but a working electric guitar will definitely be a challenge. The extra sections of Design Your Own Guitar are a great lead-in to the Build course, offering tips on materials and suppliers. I began the course with little knowledge of guitars and their construction, but I now feel more confident in embarking on such a project!

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  2. One person found this helpful
    james.chacewater@gmail.com

    5 out of 5 If you're undecided - just do it!

    james.chacewater@gmail.com

    I got this course as part of the package when I bought the online “Build Your Own Guitar Course”. I’ve been playing (but never building) guitars for over 30 years and thought I knew my way around them quite well but there were so many penny dropping moments that it just proved you don’t know what you don’t know!
    Drawing the guitar step by step and really understanding how it’s put together has made me really believe that I’ll be able to build one.
    The quality of both the website and the videos are superb and Mark’s attention to detail and easy going teaching style makes it a joy to learn from him.

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  3. One person found this helpful
    robinjinho

    5 out of 5 the best

    robinjinho

    even though i am 13 year old that doesn’t live in an english-using country (korea), this lesson was easy to understand, but very detailed ,and even humerous at the same time. this is a must-have lesson who are interested in guitar, since this guitar doesn’t only have how to draw a guitar, but also how does woods and hardware works.

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  4. herbpayne

    5 out of 5 Guitar design made simple

    herbpayne

    It’s a daunting thing approaching a guitar build especially without a tutor looking over your shoulder. Mark is a lovely bloke and a personable, patient trainer. He breaks down the design process into clear, easy, no-nonsense steps – each step causing you to make all the decisions necessary for an ordered, efficient build.
    I built a couple of guitars with Mark over 15 years ago – thoroughly enjoyed the process. Those instruments far exceeded my expectation never having done woodwork before. They are still fine instruments today. I never thought I’d be able to attempt to do it again all by myself at home.
    Having completed this course I have a ton of confidence about actually doing the build over the coming weeks…
    HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  5. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Oliver

    5 out of 5 Finally my search is over..

    Oliver

    I spent hours on the net searching for some help to kick off my hobby-luthier career, be it youtube, ebooks – you name it. I found a lot.. lots of inconclusive bits or hundreds of pages to read – too overwhelming to start out motivated.

    Then I found Mark and his online courses, let me tell you, this is by far the best here online.

    His videos are high quality – you see exactly what is presented, in multiple camera angles. The information given is incredibly spot-on and reduced to the essentials for beginners – without leaving any questions. And IF you have a question you can always ask Mark personally.

    By the way, Mark is a very natural and sympathetical presenter. His knowledge surfaces in every word he speaks and every move he makes. It feels like you are in the room with him.

    Seems too good to be true? But it is that good and it is real right here. I will definitely purchase the next course as soon as I finished my first design!

    5/5, if you read this, you found what you were looking for! If you ask me Mark should ask more money for this!

    Have fun designing! Cheers!

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  6. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    danielmelo99

    5 out of 5 Very Nice !

    danielmelo99

    I have registered to the course as a preparation for the BYOG course that I will take in Apr 2016 along with my wife.
    Since we would be building 2 separate guitars at the same time, my idea when enrolling to the course was to get some different designs on the guitars so they really look and feel as different instruments.
    The course content provided me the basics to start playing with those concepts before arriving for the class.

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  7. One person found this helpful
    Peter_Irvine

    5 out of 5 Drawing on Experience

    Peter_Irvine

    Having no design/artistic ability at all, this course is a godsend. Using his vast experience, Mark breaks a seemingly complex task into simple steps that anyone can follow to produce a detailed working plan.
    The fact I can come back and watch the course to refresh my memory is a bonus.
    Highly recommended.

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  8. One person found this helpful
    Chris

    5 out of 5 Very Highly Recommended!

    Chris

    Having attended the Bailey “Build Your Own First Guitar” course in 2015, I purchased the “Design…” course as a refresher when starting my first home build, outwith the safety net of the Bailey workshop and vigilant eye of Mr Bailey himself. Mark explains the principles of design so thoroughly in the videos that I was able to design and build my next guitar with the additional complication of utilising an existing guitar body which I had inherited. Using the fundamentals of guitar design that Mark describes thoroughly in the videos, I was able to create my own 1:1 scale drawing and determine an appropriate scale length, as well as reverse-engineer a suitable design which would intonate and perform perfectly based on the predetermined body shape, neck pocket and pickup positions I had to work with. A scratch-build would certainly have required less head scratching, but its great testament to Mark as a teacher and to the volume of information he presents in these videos that I was able to overcome these complications and start chopping up tonewood with complete confidence.

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  9. One person found this helpful
    lewis

    5 out of 5 the A-Z guide of guitar design and building

    lewis

    Mark makes the whole process easy to understand and also helps with great hints along the way. Also it’s a great advantage to be able to ask Mark any questions. Great course and alot of fun would recommend to anyone who wants to hear their dream.

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  10. One person found this helpful
    Val

    5 out of 5 Great Course

    Val

    All you need to know in one place. Mark is a great tutor. He makes everything simple and easy to follow. A must before you start trying to build one.

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  11. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    David

    5 out of 5 Highly recommended.

    David

    I enjoyed designing my guitar before starting on the build your own guitar course. Both are informative and break down the process into sections that are just the right size to follow. Great Course.

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  12. One person found this helpful
    Keith

    4 out of 5 It's all in the details

    Keith

    Mark takes his time to make sure you understand the language and details of each step of the process of design. It’s easy to see how it relates to building a unique guitar of your own.

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  13. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Christian

    5 out of 5 Exemplary Course

    Christian

    These two courses are much better than the fragmented youtube videos I’ve been watching trying to learn how to build a guitar, and the price is an absolute steal for the value Mark brings to the course. Youtube videos are free, but quite honestly, they suck and I don’t learn much. Lutherie schools (here in Canada) charge well over $1000 for their basic courses. It aint cheap. But Mark’s courses provide both video demonstrations and someone to answer questions, geared towards individuals that have the bare minimum of required tools. Anyone can do it with the right teacher and these courses have an excellent teacher at a fantastic cost. Even after buying wood and pickups, it’s still cheaper than Lutherie Schools. I’ve got wood and parts now and will be starting my newest build soon. It’s a really fun experience and if you’re at all on the fence about it, I’d say go for it. It’s a great experience.

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