MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2014

Build Your Own Electric Guitar

John Armstong

Jan/06 Mon 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/08 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/13 Mon 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/15 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/22 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/27 Mon 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/29 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Limited to 5 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: MIT student and Hobby Shop membership
Fee: $400.00 for Guitar Parts and materials

Limited to 5 participants. 

Participants requested to attend all sessions

Prereq: Hobby Shop membership 

Fee: $100 – includes shop materials and a prepared hardwood body blank.  See below for other costs.

Now in its sixth year, this popular class continues to build on the long-standing tradition of instrument building in the Hobby Shop.  Making full use of the Shop’s many tools, including the CNC router, students will build, finish and assemble their own solid-body, bolt-on neck electric guitar or bass.  

The types of instruments available to choose from include Stratocaster and Telecaster-style guitars and a Precision-style bass.  The first step in the process is a required meeting with the instructor in December to select instrument type, body and other parameters.  The result will be a bill of materials that each student must order and have delivered prior to the beginning of class.  The cost of these parts will depend on the components selected with the lower end of the range (for good quality parts) of:

Stratocaster-style guitar, $350

Telecaster style guitar, $325

Precision-style bass, $300 

When the workshop begins, students will transform a prepared blank into a completed body, ready to accept the production-made neck and other components.

Sponsor(s): Hobby Shop
Contact: Hayami Arakawa, W31-031, x3-4343,