2x4 Acoustic Telecaster Guitar

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Project by Steve posted 05-29-2014 01:54 PM 4228 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Acoustic Telecaster Guitar from a single 8-foot 2×4 for the Summers Woodworking 2×4 contest. I used telecaster templates to make the body and neck. The body consists of glued up blocks for sides and thin resawn pieces of 2×4 to cover the top and back.

I cut cotter pins for the frets and glued them into place with epoxy. I purchased the tuning pegs from C.B. Gitty Crafter Supply. All other parts, such as the bridge and nut, were made from the 2×4 scrap. Since the neck does not have a truss rod, I put nylon strings on it because they apply less tension. I painted the front like the iconic guitar played by Buck Owens on Hee Haw.

It actually works and plays pretty well for a 2×4. Total cost for the 2×4, cotter pins, tuners, and strings was $18.00.

Click here to watch my video of this project.

Click here to view a playlist of all the 2x4 contest entries.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 02:05 PM

Yeb, we all know now who’s to beat at the 2×4 competition… Great instrument Steve!

-- Não só Serradura, Tomar, Portugal

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 03:07 PM

This was such a cool project Steve! How long had you had this in the works?

-- Peter Brown - Collector of WD-40 and wood splinters

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Dave Rutan

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#3 posted 05-29-2014 03:19 PM

This was an incredible build and your version of the ‘Where O Where’ song was classic. A playable guitar from a 2×4. Incredible!

-- Ni faru ion el ligno!

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#4 posted 05-29-2014 03:31 PM


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#5 posted 05-29-2014 04:15 PM

Thanks guys! I’ve always wanted to make a guitar. I made a couple of guitar bodies back in the 80’s but never a whole guitar. I got the templates from a friend a few years ago. I started working on it last Sunday and worked on it a few nights after work and was don by that Friday. I kept it real simple and high level, avoiding over-complicating it with things like neck radius, truss rod, intonation, fret markers, adjustable bridge, etc. I could probably make another one in a weekend, it’s really not as hard as it seems. I think routing the neck pocket was the only stressful part.

-- Steve in Lawrenceville, GA -

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Rob W

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#6 posted 05-29-2014 07:21 PM

Very cool!

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#7 posted 05-30-2014 12:18 AM

Buck Owens special. Great job, brother. I’ve got a slab of alder waiting to be turned into a Telecaster. I’m gonna guess you know this already, but just in case – if you’re ever wanting to tackle the full thing you can get detailed plans here at

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#8 posted 05-30-2014 02:17 AM

Loved this project, and loved the “Suck it” video just as much. When you broke out of stairway I dropped my tablet I was laughing so hard.

Next year the 2×4 contest is getting added to my list of must-do events. Keep up the good work, and the smacktalk.

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 01:50 PM

I built an electric out of a single 2×4 a couple years ago and the neck never went out of straight. I put in a truss rod, made it a little chunkier, and strung it with 8’s, but it was always dead flat and sounded very good. An acoustic would have taken less material, but I was trying out my own body shape, so I was DQ’d for using a 10 footer. Oh well, still wouldn’t change it. Yours looks great too.

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#10 posted 05-31-2014 04:54 AM

nice looking gee=tar. hard to believe it came from a 2.4… but i do believe!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#11 posted 06-08-2014 11:38 PM

Its is a great 2×4 project. really good video on it as well.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 10-25-2014 06:12 PM

I recently discovered that my favorite guitar shape is the Telecaster and have plans to build one, though I don’t play. I do know a luthier so maybe that will help. yours will for sure serve as inspiration. Very nice job.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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