First - above all things - avoid the temptation to shoot photos of yourself in ridiculous "tool-like" fashion - It's just not becoming. Also - be prepared for a BUNCH - I mean an ass-boat full of haters and trollish shenanigans when ignorant "metal heads" assume you simply don't know how to properly form "metal horns" - prompting you to have to explain that you are not attempting to make "horns" but are instead engaged in legitimate "Sign Language". In the photo above I'm making the sign for "I love you" - ironically very similar to "metal horns" but with the thumb extended (and truth be known I'm doing it wrong in the photo above - my palms should be towards the camera). Just to be clear - in the following images that's Pope Frances, President Obama, and Hillary Clinton - ALL doing the same thing - saying "I love you" in sign language. In the photo above I went with that because hey, life is good. Anyway - all of these little useless tidbits of info aside - there are several things you need to know about and understand before you jump into the brave new world of "Frankensteining" (I prefer "Fronkensteening" - the pronunciation from "Young Frankenstein") yourself the ultimate axe (the not quite hipster but overused "cool" term for guitar).
Everything you need to build a guitar - pretty simple right? No - not really.
There are very few "standards" for guitar builds. The most common "standard" for parts guitars will be based off the general build standards for Fender Guitars. Fender guitars were the first guitars to be modified due to their design. They feature bolt-on necks and straight forward electronics. Mix and match necks from one era or design to another, change out pickups, add or subtract... and the two main Fender Guitar platforms - the Telecaster (dates back to 1950) and the Stratocaster (1954) and tens of millions of guitars later you have a WIDE array of available parts out there to build something just to meet your own personal tastes. The trap is that you have to pay VERY close attention to not only which parts will work with each other - but you need to understand the basics of guitar design and (gasp) the physics involved in the successful design and building of a viable musical instrument. I use the word "viable" because in the dozen or so "simple" things you have to get right - miss one or be a little "off the mark" and you'll have an instrument that won't keep tune or perform reliably.
In this series of cards I'll go through the build out of a guitar from start to finish - offering helpful tips and sharing what I hope will be valuable experiences so you too can build the guitar of your dreams - and then proceed to take lots of obnoxious photos of yourself with it... or with them...
YEP - SUCK IT! There's that "I love you" hand thingy again. And for the record - I didn't build any of these guitars - but I did have several custom made to specs that I developed and provided the builder. Which is at the heart of WHY you'd want to build your own guitar. For me - it's simply that after playing hundreds - perhaps thousands - I know what I like and what I don't like... and no one makes something that is EXACTLY what I like. Which leaves me the task of building it for myself.