Do It Yourself Guitar Armrest

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Project by Logan posted 02-17-2011 09:03 AM 16090 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was just a quick little project I did in my spare time. My friend had a cheapo acoustic that she was never playing and decided to gift it to me. I sanded off all the thick paint that was inhibiting the sound of the guitar quite a bit, and then made the armrest. I’ve always wanted a guitar with one of these but the only ones ive seen are usually upwards of $5000….yikes. My solution to this predicament was to make my own out of a scrap of wood! :) and wa la! a perfectly decent armrest for my guitar. I am not completely sure that i constructed it in the right way, but the guitar still plays great and the soundboard has not warped out of shape at all since the modification.

-- Logan

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 10:05 AM

Whoa brave man! I must admit I like the look of this design There’s a guy on Lumberjocks custom builds this type of guitar & they look comfortable I have 3 acoustics a Martin, Guild & a Takemine but I wouldn’t dare take a sander to them much as I like the design. Well done to you it looks like you pulled it off

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 10:38 AM

Trevor – Yeah the armrest really does make it much more comfortable to play. I also have a little Blueridge parlor and a Guild, which I would never attempt this kind of modification on.

-- Logan

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 11:49 AM

Very cool, looks great. I have 0 skill level when it comes musical talent…. Glad to see you saved this and got a guitar.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 02-17-2011 03:33 PM

Looks great. Maybe one day when I get the guitar of my dreams I’ll attempt this on my ‘76 Alvarez. How did you cut the section out so cleanly?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 02-17-2011 03:34 PM

Guitar guru at work!

-- Rowdy in Kechi, Kansas

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#6 posted 02-17-2011 03:44 PM

Looks good. How did you make such a clean cut?

-- Anthony

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#7 posted 02-17-2011 05:04 PM

Nice job on the armrest. I was thinking the same thing as woodzy, how did you make the cut?

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#8 posted 02-17-2011 07:33 PM

Cool, very cool project

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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#9 posted 02-19-2011 05:14 AM

The way I did this was by drawing on the portion I wanted to be removed, and then just sanding it off with a palm sander and coarse sandpaper. Then I sanded everything level with a sanding block and finer grit.

-- Logan

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#10 posted 04-28-2011 09:11 PM

Looks great!! So when do we hear the sound clips??
As a reference site, for custom guitar work, take a look at . . .
He also does the back side of the guitar on some of his models, and his inlay work is astonishing.
Really nicely done Logan.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#11 posted 04-29-2011 01:38 AM

wow.. those inlays are astonishing. I really like the one with the silhouette of the fisherman.

-- Logan

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#12 posted 04-01-2017 11:00 AM

You did a great job on modifying this guitar.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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