Since first embarking on this journey to amateur luthiery, I’ve been scouring the net for useful resources. Some of the first files I downloaded came from Fender-ish; a Google site with a collection of PDF’s of scale drawings of a range of different guitars. These Guitar templates and guitar plans were great, and I quickly chose a couple to print out full scale and get building.
But what I really wanted was some full scale Photoshop files. You know the ones; with everything on different layers, depicting the guitar template or plan in all its detail, and including the vital measurements of the different components, all the while convincing you of it’s mimicry to a large scale blueprint drawn up by the original guitar company back in the 1930’s.
But the more I hunted, the less I found. It turns out that either guitarists, or guitar builders, aren’t all that computer savy when it comes to design software; or at least Photoshop. If they are, it seems they want to supplement their income by charging for the plans they’ve drawn up.
So, I did what I normally do in these situations where I see something I want but can’t have; I built my own.
Last month I began converting a selection of guitar templates I had into Photoshop documents. There is a variety of reasons for this, not the least to have some guidelines to begin designing my own guitar shapes.