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  • Looks like I'm gonna try and build a guitar...

    Nothing firm yet other than an OK from my friend to use his shop and some materials but I'm stoked. I'm looking to make either a cedar/mahogany OM or mini jumbo. He's got the molds for the OM but if I wanted to do the MJ I'd most likely go with the Official Luthier's Forum medium jumbo plans and then I'd have to do the molds and bracing overlays on my own.



    He's in the middle of his first build (sycamore/adi 00 based off some old Epiphone plans) and his work is keeping him busy so for the next couple of weeks I'd be doing some reading and planning.



    I just wanted to throw it out there. Wish me luck. It all comes down to whether I can get out to his place with any regularity. I'm not able to get out without my kids in tow and it's taking September forever to get here!
    Cornelius Clodhopper

  • #2
    Good luck, Kwak! I've thought about trying my hand at guitar building on several occasions, but I don't think, realistically speaking, that I could do it.....I could probably build a house easier.
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    • #3
      I hate you.



      I decided to call my local luthier to see if he'd be willing to offer a build class. Turns out he has one scheduled for August -- the first year he's ever offered one, and the price is very reasonable.



      August happens to be the one month when I'll be out of town. Maybe next year.
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      • #4
        I've just decided - again - to give this a shot myself. Been putting it off for years. And years.



        I have a 12-fret hog/sitka 000 kit burning a hole in my closet... I'm going to change the top to hog (I have several hog tops on hand) and get started within the next month. I think I already have all the tools I need (thanks to IKFC II), but will figure that out stage by stage. I just need to do some reading-up myself.



        I will be going through Rick's thread for reference many times, I'm sure.



        Good luck, Neilio.
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      • #5
        Congrats! I envy you. Sadly... I did woodworking for a lot of years and sold off my woodshop a couple of years ago. I did a lot of hand cut dovetails and detail work and realize that I probably could have transitioned into luthery at a hobby level quickly. Sad for me.



        Good luck on your project!
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        • #6
          ^ Awesome, knock! It's about time though. Isn't that going to be a bit similar to your 000-18 custom though?



          As for learning from a luthier, I won't be that lucky. Yamaha Junkie did it mostly on his own, though he frequently rubs elbows with folks at the ASIA symposium, Blues Creek Guitars and Tim & Mary McKnight. He's already blazed the trail. I think he just wants an apprentice or something!
          Cornelius Clodhopper

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            Quote Originally Posted by kwakatak
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            ^ Awesome, knock! It's about time though. Isn't that going to be a bit similar to your 000-18 custom though?



            As for learning from a luthier, I won't be that lucky. Yamaha Junkie did it mostly on his own, though he frequently rubs elbows with folks at the ASIA symposium, Blues Creek Guitars and Tim & Mary McKnight. He's already blazed the trail. I think he just wants an apprentice or something!




            I made this same vow last summer... Gonna stick to it this time, though.



            This thing will be quite different from my 18. The 18 is hog and sitka, 14 to the body, 1-11/16" nut, paddle head. The kit will be an all-hog, 1-3/4", 12-fret slot head.



            Part of what brought this on is that I tripped over some info on the SCGC 1929 00 and 000 models. Holy crap. But I also realized that even if I had enough money for one of those things, which I do not, I still couldn't AFFORD it. On the other hand, if I build, I don't have to spend a dime on materials (except maybe for some hog binding, if I want to rip off SCGC a little more). The ONLY difference will be that compared with SCGC gits, mine will be an utter piece of ****************. But that is a minor detail...



            Schools. Man, that is something I wish I could do. Some day, maybe. I could never afford Cumpiano's classes, which are probably awesome. There is Blues Creek in PA, though. Maybe sometime in the next few years. For now, I shall rely on teh interwebz.



            Cedar/Hog is a pretty spiffy combo, Kwak. Cedar top is brave for a first build, yo. Are you leaning more toward the MJ? Seems like the OM might be easier to get moving, but are you wanting an MJ more for herd versatility?
            <div class="signaturecontainer">I guess I kinda lost control, because in the middle of the play I ran up and lit the evil puppet villain on fire. No, I didn't. Just kidding. I just said that to help illustrate one of the human emotions, which is freaking out. Another emotion is greed, as when you kill someone for money, or something like that. Another emotion is generosity, as when you pay someone double what he paid for his stupid puppet.<br><br><br><br><br><br>I.K.F.C.<br><br>E.S .C.<br><br>Potato Society<br><br>SAWG</div>

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            • #8
              Good luck to both of you! I've thought of doing this for some time. I used to build furniture as a hobby. A large and semi-ornate armoire (took 4 months to finish) seems like child's play compared to a guitar. No way I have time these days.



              I am envious and look forward to progress reports!
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              • #9
                Awesome man. I hope you plan on posting your progress.
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                • #10
                  Hoo-Wee! Have fun, Neil!!
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                  • #11
                    That's awesome Kwak!! Good luck to you too Knock!! Hope both of you guys keep a build thread going like Rick did.

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                    • #12






                      Quote Originally Posted by knockwood
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                      I made this same vow last summer... Gonna stick to it this time, though.




                      Yeah, vows are sometimes hard to keep - especially since life sometimes gets in the way. There are some vows I have to keep too or my wife'd kill me and truly make herself a guitar widow!









                      Quote Originally Posted by knockwood
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                      This thing will be quite different from my 18. The 18 is hog and sitka, 14 to the body, 1-11/16" nut, paddle head. The kit will be an all-hog, 1-3/4", 12-fret slot head.



                      Part of what brought this on is that I tripped over some info on the SCGC 1929 00 and 000 models. Holy crap. But I also realized that even if I had enough money for one of those things, which I do not, I still couldn't AFFORD it. On the other hand, if I build, I don't have to spend a dime on materials (except maybe for some hog binding, if I want to rip off SCGC a little more). The ONLY difference will be that compared with SCGC gits, mine will be an utter piece of ****************. But that is a minor detail...




                      I admit that there's something appealing about those "vintage" designs. I'm probably going to be slanting more toward the more modern stuff though. My inspiration is more like the Larriv
                      Cornelius Clodhopper

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                      • #13
                        Good luck, guys. Keep us posted. I was reading about Breedlove's Master Class yesterday in a newsletter from Ed Gerhard. Coming up in August, but it is $5000 (out of my league) and I can't take time off from work in August anyway. But for those of us without tools or skills, it is tempting, or at least fun to read about and imagine...





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                        • #14
                          LOL! Sounds tempting. I'll be doing my build under the tutored eye of a professional photographer who has this thing for butterflies and lives in the sticks. I'm told that the night life of Marion, OH is somewhat livelier so unless I head home early we could either end up cow tipping. I guess it all depends on how many beers we burn through a night.
                          Cornelius Clodhopper

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                          • #15
                            Gd luck in yer build and hope all works out well fir ye
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