As I mentioned in this thread I will start an acoustic guitar build. I am already about 1 month into it and already have the top plate completed. But I am going to start here from the beginning. I wanted to get a blog setup on my site before I start but was unable to get it going this week.
This I my first time to build an acoustic stringed instrument. For this I am using several books for reference, Youtube videos and online forums like Musical Instrument Makers Forum. I am using the plans from Jonathan Kinkead's book, Build Your own Acoustic Guitar. His plans are based on an early Martin (no more details provided) but it looks like an OM model.
OM stands for Orchestra model and they were produced in low numbers in the early days (early 30s) but have seen a resurgence in the last couple decades. Typically they have a longer neck, smaller body with a slightly higher waist. My kind of gal .
There are several good kits available through stores like Stewart MacDonald and Luthiers Mercantile International. The kits are high quality and can make many of the steps much simpler but I wanted to make one from scratch building all the templates, jigs and using traditional timber species for a steel stringed guitar.
For this build I am using Sitka spruce, Indian rosewood, Honduras mahogany and African ebony.
I'll begin in the next post with making the template for the top and back.