This is not an easy project, but it is simpler than doing a full size normally shaped guitar. This is a short scale guitar with a body that doesn’t need any bending. The neck was made with a .75 inch thick board that was stacked at the headstock and cut to make the angle. While this isn’t a great first project, I have included a fret template and dimensions of the body. With a little instrument building experience, this is a very doable project.
If you don’t have a cutaway, the body is an isosceles trapezoid. The dimensions are in the picture above in inches.
Download the fret template here:
Travel Guitar Fretboard 23.25 inch scale length
(Note: The template has 19 frets, while my instrument has 18 frets. I normally make my templates with one extra fret and then use the last fret as the end of the fretboard)
If you want to get more complicated, make a cutaway on the guitar. Even if you don’t, you’ll still need a neck block. I made my neck block 62 mm thick. The neck block needs to be thick enough that the fretboard is over the top piece of wood.
Here’s some pictures of the neck block and cutaway, and some other pictures of the project in progress.
The bracing for the top and back is just simple ladder bracing.
The body and neck are finished with Tru-Oil. The fretboard has fretboard oil.
The overall length of this instrument is 30.5 inches.
I used regular guitar neck ferrules, and some 3 inch screws. The screws and ferrules are countersunk into the back and neck block.
The top is spruce. The back, sides and neck are cherry. The fretboard is walnut. The side pieces are 3 inches thick.
Just a simple squarish headstock.
I really like the rosewood eagle bridge. I got it from eBay. I strung it with “extra light” acoustic guitar strings.
Here’s a video with more info: