MIT: Independent Activities Period: IAP

IAP 2016

Build your own Electric Guitar

Hayami Arakawa, Asst. Director

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 12/22
Limited to 5 participants
Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions
Prereq: Non
Fee: $50.00 for Membership


Now in its eighth year, this popular class continues to build on the long-standing tradition of instrument making 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 wood and components selected with the lower end of the range (for good quality parts) of approximately:

Stratocaster-style guitar, $400

Telecaster style guitar, $375

Precision-style bass, $350 


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, 617 253-4343, HAYAMI@MIT.EDU

Build your own Electric Guitar

Jan/06 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/07 Thu 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/13 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/14 Thu 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/20 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/21 Thu 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/27 Wed 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031
Jan/28 Thu 06:00PM-09:00PM W31-031

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required 

Limited to 5 participants 

Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions 

Prereq: MIT Hobby Shop membership 

Fee: $50 

Hayami Arakawa - Asst. Director, John Armstrong - Instructor