Electric Guitar Building

Build a tele style or Les Paul style electric guitar with Luthier Mike Snider of Snider Guitars. The information provided in this course makes it easy to build your own electric guitar.

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About This Course

Welcome to the Robert O’Brien Online Electric Guitar Building Course. In this course Robert invites Mike Snider of Snider Guitars to show how to design, build, finish and setup two types of electric guitars, a Tele type model and a carved top model similar to a Les Paul. With over 15 hours of high quality video and audio instruction divided into 22 chapters, this course also shows to inlay on the fretboard and peghead as well as wind your own pickups! The finishing chapter shows how to execute a UV cured high gloss polyester clearcoat finish over colorcoats.

When purchasing the entire Online Electric Guitar Building Course, Robert will also include the finishing chapter from his Online Acoustic Guitar Building Course for free. In it he shows how to do a traditional high gloss or satin lacquer finish. You will also get a free set of Tele/Strat style and Les Paul style plans as well as wiring diagrams and templates for the two guitars built in the course.

You also become eligible to join Robert’s invitation only chat group. Here he offers advice and support as you build. There is a wealth of information available to you for free!

If you have ever wanted to design and build your own electric guitar from beginning to end then the Robert O’Brien Online Electric Guitar Building Course with Mike Snider is a must!

Please read the FAQ page before beginning. To begin, just register/login and purchase the video lessons. Chapters 6, 10, 14, 17 and 20 can be purchased separately. It has never been easier to learn the art of electric guitar building.

Happy Building!!

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Great FAQ’s and super lessons. Very clear and informative. Mark C
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Chapter 1 • Design
51:18
Lesson 1: The Centerline 5:50
Lesson 2: The Scale Length 4:08
Lesson 3: The Bridge 3:47
Lesson 4: Fretboard Layout 7:47
Lesson 5: Pickup and Controls Layout 8:26
Lesson 6: The Body 3:44
Lesson 7: The Headstock 17:36
Lesson 8: Cutting Out the Plans 2:03
Chapter 2 • Templates
36:35
Lesson 1: The Body Template 5:12
Lesson 2: Pickup Templates 8:05
Lesson 3: Tele Bridge Pickup Template 3:39
Lesson 4: Neck Template 5:48
Lesson 5: Carved Top Template and Design Ideas 7:37
Lesson 6: Carved Top Control Cavity Template 6:14
Chapter 3 • Body Blank Prep
26:25
Lesson 1: General Description 2:08
Lesson 2: Jointing and Gluing the Maple Top 11:51
Lesson 3: Prepping the Ash Blank for the Tele 1:48
Lesson 4: Prepping the Mahogany Blank 5:19
Lesson 5: Cutting Out the Tele Blank 5:20
Lesson 6: Thicknessing the Maple Top 3:08
Lesson 7: Cutting Out and Routing the Maple Top 6:10
Lesson 8: Chambering 3:42
Lesson 9: Routing the Carved Top Control Cavity 9:01
Lesson 10: Routing the Toggle Switch Channel 2:59
Lesson 11: Gluing the Maple Top 4:34
Chapter 4 • Routing Cavities
14:44
Lesson 1: The Tele Control Cavity Template 3:06
Lesson 2: Transferring Tele Measurements 5:11
Lesson 3: Routing Tele Cavities 3:14
Lesson 4: Routing the Carved Top Cavities 3:13
Chapter 5 • Shaping and Drilling
33:51
Lesson 1: Flush Trimming the Carved Top 4:09
Lesson 2: Rounding the Edges 3:37
Lesson 3: Input Jack Holes 6:40
Lesson 4: Arm Bevel 3:30
Lesson 5: Tummy Cut 3:03
Lesson 6: Binding Channels 4:33
Lesson 7: Carved Top Neck Angle 8:19
Chapter 6 • The Neck
2:11:51 $55.00 Buy Chapter
Lesson 1: Neck Overview 1:21
Lesson 2: Thicknessing the Fretboard 2:33
Lesson 3: Slotting the Fretboard 10:12
Lesson 4: Tapering the Rosewood Fretboard 5:48
Lesson 5: Tapering the Ebony Fretboard 11:03
Lesson 6: Binding the Fretboard 10:10
Lesson 7: Three Types of Necks 6:44
Lesson 8: The Scarf Joint 8:21
Lesson 9: The One Piece Neck 9:49
Lesson 10: More Scarf Joint Necking 5:52
Lesson 11: More Tele Necking 5:49
Lesson 12: Truss Rods 4:37
Lesson 13: Installing the Double Action Truss Rod 7:54
Lesson 14: Installing the Compression Truss Rod 25:41
Lesson 15: Yet Another Truss Rod Installation 6:02
Lesson 16: Widening the Headstock 2:06
Lesson 17: Thicknessing the Headplate 1:07
Lesson 18: Attaching the Rosewood Fretboard to the Maple Neck 9:02
Lesson 19: Mahogany Neck Headstock 10:49
Lesson 20: Flush Trimming the Maple Neck 1:36
Lesson 21: Drilling Tuner Holes for the Maple Neck 2:27
Lesson 22: Thicknessing the Maple Headstock 9:27
Lesson 23: Shaping the Mahogany Headstock 7:06
Lesson 24: The Neck Tenon 13:26
Chapter 7 • Attaching the Necks
44:45
Lesson 1: Routing the Neck Pocket 6:03
Lesson 2: Fine Tuning the Fit 12:42
Lesson 3: The Tele Neck Pocket 6:51
Lesson 4: Bolting on the Tele Neck 11:59
Lesson 5: Gluing on the Fretboard 7:10
Chapter 8 • The Carved Top Body
21:39
Lesson 1: Shaping the Top 9:11
Lesson 2: Binding the Guitar 8:45
Lesson 3: Scraping the Binding 3:43
Chapter 9 • Neck Shaping
35:40
Lesson 1: Flush Trimming 1:19
Lesson 2: Thicknessing 6:20
Lesson 3: Shaping the Mahogany Neck 18:41
Lesson 4: Drilling Tuner Holes 4:52
Lesson 5: Shaping the Maple Neck 4:29
Chapter 10 • Inlay
1:13:00 $47.50 Buy Chapter
Lesson 1: Side Fret Markers 6:40
Lesson 2: Prep and Layout 10:31
Lesson 3: Routing 11:24
Lesson 4: Gluing the Inlay 7:38
Lesson 5: Cutting Out MOP 21:08
Lesson 6: Routing Headstock Logo Cavity 11:21
Lesson 7: Gluing the Logo 4:19
Chapter 11 • Fretboard radius
13:27
Lesson 1: The Coumpound Radius 13:27
Chapter 12 • Control holes
11:22
Lesson 1: Drilling Control Holes 11:22
Chapter 13 • The carved top neck
4:59
Lesson 1: Gluing in the Neck 4:59
Chapter 14 • Fretwork
58:29 $33.00 Buy Chapter
Lesson 1: An Unbound Fretboard 15:21
Lesson 2: Fret Ends 8:47
Lesson 3: Leveling 5:26
Lesson 4: Re-Crowning 9:21
Lesson 5: Final Dressing 7:51
Lesson 6: A Bound Fretboard 11:43
Chapter 15 • The Bridge
24:11
Lesson 1: Carved Top Bridge Layout 12:50
Lesson 2: Groundwire 1:43
Lesson 3: The Tele Bridge 9:38
Chapter 16 • Finishing
1:16:54
Finishing Overview 2:36
Lesson 1: Types of Finishes 2:54
Lesson 2: Surface Prep 3:53
Lesson 3: Pore Fill 8:26
Lesson 4: Popping the Grain 4:11
Lesson 5: Tru Oil 8:26
Lesson 6: Sanding 2:18
Lesson 7: The Sunburst 10:59
Lesson 8: Scraping Bindings 2:56
Lesson 9: More Pore Fill and Prep 4:52
Lesson 10: Spraying 2:33
Lesson 11: Leveling 10:22
Lesson 12: Buffing 4:48
Lesson 13: Satin Finish 4:30
Lesson 14: Removing Tape 2:50
Lesson 15: Finish Overview • From Acoustic Guitar Course 2:56
Lesson 16: Rounding the Bindings 4:11
Lesson 17: Gap Filling 1:20
Lesson 18: Sanding the Neck 8:37
Lesson 19: Sanding the Body 8:35
Lesson 20: Masking for Bridge 7:40
Lesson 21: Pore Filling Prep 9:38
Lesson 22: Pore Filling 19:06
Lesson 23: Masking the Fretboard 5:36
Lesson 24: Spray Equipment 5:55
Lesson 25: Spraying Sealer 10:05
Lesson 26: Spraying Explanation 5:15
Lesson 27: Sanding the Sealer 19:36
Lesson 28: Spraying Lacquer 12:14
Lesson 29: Sanding the Lacquer 18:58
Lesson 30: Final Spraying 7:38
Lesson 31: Leveling the Finish 24:45
Lesson 32: Buffing the Finish 22:05
Lesson 33: Satin Finish 3:51
Lesson 34: Finishing Conclusion 2:32
Chapter 17 • Pickups
1:36:16 $45.00 Buy Chapter
Lesson 1: What are Pickups 2:31
Lesson 2: Tele Style Bridge Pickup 12:29
Lesson 3: Winding the Pickup 22:19
Lesson 4: Attaching Lead Wires 4:15
Lesson 5: Magnetizing 2:43
Lesson 6: Wrapping 2:42
Lesson 7: Tele Style Neck Pickup 9:25
Lesson 8: Humbucker Pickup 33:55
Lesson 9: Potting 5:57
Chapter 18 • Guards and Covers
14:20
Lesson 1: The Tele Style Pickguard 7:38
Lesson 2: Cavity Covers 4:30
Lesson 3: The Carved Top Pickguard 2:12
Chapter 19 • Assembly
54:24
Lesson 1: Don't Get in a Hurry 0:32
Lesson 2: Installing String Ferrules 1:00
Lesson 3: The Tele Pickups and Bridge 5:46
Lesson 4: The Tele Pickguard 3:03
Lesson 5: The Tele Tuners 5:38
Lesson 6: The Carved Top Bridge 4:40
Lesson 7: Pickups and Mounting Rings 3:03
Lesson 8: More Tuners 2:19
Lesson 9: Strap Buttons 1:52
Lesson 10: Nuts 18:23
Lesson 11: Strings 8:08
Chapter 20 • Setup
19:19 $25.00 Buy Chapter
Lesson 1: Truss Rod 2:39
Lesson 2: Nut Action 4:16
Lesson 3: 12th Fret Action 2:19
Lesson 4: Intonation 3:36
Lesson 5: Pickup Adjustment 2:02
Lesson 6: Final Check 4:27
Chapter 21 • Wiring
24:17
Lesson 1: Shielding 5:15
Lesson 2: The Tele Controls 14:34
Lesson 3: The Carved Top Controls 4:28
Chapter 22 • Finishing Touches
10:39
Lesson 1: A Few More Things 1:39
Lesson 2: The Completed Guitars 9:00