Guitar Building

Summer 2006

Electric guitar shaped like pac-man.
Guitar with measurements. (Image by Adam Seering.)

Course Highlights

This course features detailed instructions for understanding and building an electric guitar.

Course Description

In this class, students learn about physics principles by examining the physics responsible for producing music with electronic stringed instruments, while building, testing, and playing their own electric guitar. Students will design their own Guitar bodies, construct their own pick-ups, assemble their own guitars, tune them using a chromatic tuner, and use them to play a simple song. While the instructions here give enough detail that an independent learner could construct their own guitar, please note that this activity should only be attempted with proper adult supervision, whether at home or at school.

Technical Requirements

Special software is required to use some of the files in this course: .xls.


Adam Seering


One session / week

2 hours / session