You might be surprised to find out that you don’t really need that many tools in order to make electric guitars. This is great, because it means you can get into the hobby without a huge burden.
On my first guitar, all I had was a small bandsaw, palm sander, router, and drill. You can make substitutions for some of these, but I was fortunate that my dad had a few of them.
As far as major power tools go, you can actually get quite a bit of work done at the hardwood store where you buy your materials. They will charge a fee per cut, but it’s still way less than buying all of the tools.
Also, you can use this strategy to test the waters and see if guitar making is something you really want to do. If you make your first guitar and you’re absolutely hooked, then it’s worth buying the tools yourself.
However, if you struggle with the process, or find out that it’s not for you, thankfully you will not have invested a lot of money in tools that you’ll then have to turn around and sell.
Take some time and look at the secondhand market for some of your tools, as well as garage sales. You might be surprised what you could pick up if you just spend a little bit of time looking first.
You don’t need a lot of tools to make a guitar, you just have to have the patience to use the tools you have.
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