How to Design Your Own Acoustic Guitar Online

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How to Design Your Own Acoustic Guitar Online
You can design your own acoustic guitar online. (classic acoustic guitar image by Jeffrey Zalesny from Fotolia.com)

Experienced players know that the perfect guitar inevitably improves your playing. When you own that perfect instrument, you enjoy playing more, and you convey your enjoyment through the music. Some people decide to design their own acoustic guitar, in order to customise the details of the instrument and create an instrument unlike any other in the world. You can do this online at a number of websites.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • List of the features, design ideas, and special parts you want to incorporate into your dream acoustic guitar

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Instructions

    Design Your Acoustic Guitar

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    Locate websites that allow you to design your own guitar. If necessary, do some research to ensure that any company you deal with is reputable. Martin, a renowned and high-quality acoustic guitar manufacturer, allows you to design your own Martin acoustic guitar online at http://www.martinguitar.com/guitars/custom/index.html. You can--and probably should--use search engines like Google to find similar custom acoustic guitar sites. Don't hesitate to comparison shop. Compare not only prices, but the kinds of material and options available, warranties, delivery times, and any other factors that are important to you. Contact any friends who have custom-designed guitars and ask them about their experiences.

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    The steps on the website will walk you through the design process. On sites that have a built-in interactive design interface, you can choose your body style and size, orientation (right- or left-handed), scale length, wood type, colour, the finish for each part of the guitar, and much more. Most sites that have a built-in design interface will show you a preview as you design your guitar. However, some sites do not have a built-in design interface. Instead, they have a list of customisation and design options that you can choose, and usually do not offer a preview of your customised guitar.

    No matter which site you use, review all the available options and make each selection carefully. Research any option you're not informed about, such as the advantages and disadvantages of each type of wood.

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    Review the entire design and make any changes needed. If the site you're working on allows you to place your order immediately, do so only if you're 100 per cent sure that this is the guitar you want. If you're not, take the time to do additional thinking and research.

    Some sites ask you to submit your design for review before you order it. The company will contact you after reviewing your specifications. At that time, a representative will provide a cost estimate and the expected turnaround time. If everything is acceptable to you and you're still certain that this is the guitar for you, place your order.

    Other sites will allow you to print out the specs of your design, then the site will provide instructions for finding a dealer in your area that can build your guitar. Select the dealer from the list on the site, then contact the store with your specifications. Place your order after finding out the price, delivery time, and other important details. Your perfect guitar will soon be on its way.

Tips and warnings

  • If the site you're using does not have an interactive built-in design interface, you might want to call the number listed on the site and walk through the design process over the phone.
  • Take your time designing your guitar. This may be the last acoustic guitar you buy, since it will be built to your specifications. Give it the time it needs in terms of design and detail.
  • If possible, obtain a warranty and/or insurance for your instrument in case anything breaks or doesn't function properly.
  • Don't be too alarmed if your guitar doesn't sound perfect when it arrives. Quality guitars sound better as they age, and yours may just need some "breaking in." If necessary, adjust the action to improve the guitar's sound and playability.
  • Always order a case with your acoustic guitar, and be sure it's a custom case that fits your guitar perfectly. Custom acoustic guitars usually cost thousands of dollars, so do not risk damage to your instrument by using a poorly built or imperfectly shaped case.
  • Do not let people handle your guitar unless you know they are qualified to handle an expensive instrument.

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