Learning how to make string instruments is hard. You will need to put a lot of time and effort into building one of these musical devices. As no two string instruments are exactly alike, you may need to learn a lot of different techniques to be able to make multiple instruments. Following is some advice on how to make string instruments.
- Thin pieces of wood (for guitar, violin, fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cello, and bass)
- Long narrow piece of hardwood (for bow)
- Strings and horse hairs (for instruments and bows)
- Pegs for strings
- Strip of hardwood
- Metal pieces
- Wood finish
- Instruction manual
- First, decide what kind of string instrument you are making. Then, buy all of the supplies that you will need. Start making the frame of the string instrument with wood.
- You will need to cut the wood very carefully in making string instruments. First, cut two pieces that look like the frame of the back of the instrument as you look down on it. Then, you will need to cut then pieces of wood, curve them so that they are horizontal between the flat pieces of the frame, and glue them and clamp them to dry. After you have built the frame, build the neck.
- The neck for a stringed instrument is going to be made with hardwood. Cut it to shape, sand it down, and attach it to the top of the frame so that it runs the length of the instrument that the strings will also span. The top, where your fingers will go, should be flat, and the back side should be curved and smooth. You will also need to buy the parts that attach the strings to the bridge or neck, and these vary from instrument to instrument.
- Attach strings once your neck is attached, and attach pegs to the head (you may need to buy the head, as it is very difficult to make on your own). If necessary, make frets out strips of metal, and epoxy them to the neck of the guitar, violin or fiddle, mandolin, banjo, cello, or base. Then, apply a nice wood finish to the frame that you built first, in step three. This may be done at any point after you have built the neck into the frame.
- If necessary, make the bow (for violin, fiddle, cello, or bass). Along strip of wood that has small curves at each end, with horse hair strung between the ends is a good bow. This is then played over the strings of these instruments.
Each instrument is unique, so you will need to alter your work according to what you are making. You will also need to put a lot of time and money into the project, and you must work slowly and carefully throughout. Look into every detail, and be sure to use only the best materials and tools as you work on your homemade musical instrument.