This gorgeous homemade electric guitar, modeled after the Fender Jazzmaster, was built by someone* who documented the process from start to finish on Imgur. They started with a 2″ slab of alder wood, and from there they planed, jigsawed, wired, sanded, sealed, primed, lacquered, buffed, and copper shielded their way to the finished pale green guitar, which is quite handsome. After going through the whole painstaking process, the maker comments at the end: “Whew…. I kind of want to build another…. Am I a sadist?”

* I can’t seem to find the name of this maker. If anyone knows it or can find it, please share it in the comments.


Cavity routes


The maker started with a Jazzmaster bridge, but by the end they had replaced it with a Mustang bridge.


Copper shielding in the body cavity. The copper looks great against that pale green.


“The block from whence it came.”

Laura Cochrane

Laura Cochrane

I’m a DIY editor at Instructables and I used to be an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, rock climbing, and etymology.

  • Prison Rodeo

    Nice. But, far less unusual than you might think. See, e.g., here:

  • Randall Prentice

    Lovely guitar. When I got mine in 1969 it was just me and Pop Staples lol
    Beautiful work!

    Randall Prentice