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  • You'd think I'd learn by now (re: guitar building)

    It took me over 4 years to finish my first guitar. I'm at 7 years on #2 and now I have designs on #3.

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    Long story short, I traced my Larrivee OM for the mold because I love it and don't own a Martin. I've got pieces accumulating that are telling me to make a Martin-style 000-18VW (walnut.) The top is going to be student grade sitka spruce ($20 from RC Tonewoods...)

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    ...and a bunch of parts that I got from the Martin factory. That's 1/4" bracing with a serviced vintage 24.9" scale neck with a dovetail joint. I want to buy a set of black walnut from StewMac - which is on sale for $72 this week.

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    It will essentially an unserviced kit build. I loved the bending experience with EIR and hear that walnut is even more pliable. I hope to kick it off in the spring. I'm about to FINALLY close the body on #2.
    Gear:
    2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
    2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
    2010 Martin D-16GT
    2006 Larrivee OM-03R
    1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
    1989 Kramer Stryker
    197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N

  • #2
    Hey, whadda ya want, speed or quality? Seriously, it's not like you don't have anything else to occupy your time and most of us haven't even attempted a build. Best of luck and keep us posted.
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    • #3
      I'm rooting for you.

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      • #4
        I'm a project starter but finisher is for someone else. They're all over the man cave from RC boats and planes to stylized carvings of animals. I even have a set of plans from StewMac for an OM that I've collected materials for (aluminum and composite). What I do professionally pretty much over-doses the tinkerer in me, always creating stuff from my own drawings on machine tools, that I tend to let the personal undertakings get dusty. But, I look at it as preparing things to keep me busy when I decide to knock off working. So, I say the more the better. Besides, the longer it takes new ideas emerge that better the project.
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        • #5
          Thanks, guys. You are keeping me honest but I have to confess that guitar is sort of viewed as a closet vice that I have to sneak behind my wife's back on. Stew Mac had a sale and I abused the plastic last night on a set of black walnut that should get here while she is out of town. It set us back $81.

          I don't know why I'm feeling guilty; I never spend more than $100 at a time and she doesn't feel it's necessary to advise me when she buys clothes, cosmetics, wine, luggage, etc. Amazon has been leaving a lot of boxes on our doorstep that don't always have my name on them! OTOH, my hints at a new guitar for my 50th well summarily squashed so I gotta do what I gotta do, right? ;o)

          Meanwhile, I need to sharpen the blade on my bench plane and whittle together a shooting board.
          Last edited by kwakatak; 02-18-2019, 09:36 AM.
          Gear:
          2013 Official Luthier's Forum Medium Jumbo (Western red cedar/mahogany)
          2012 McKnight McUke (soprano ukulele, redwood/mahogany)
          2010 Martin D-16GT
          2006 Larrivee OM-03R
          1998 Fender American Standard Stratocaster (natural ash finish)
          1989 Kramer Stryker
          197? Epiphone Texan FT-160N

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