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    Acoustic Guitar Build

    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.

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    Making a Template for the top and back plate.

    The plans


    The plans cut out and folded in half with number 1 plate template made from 6mm ply.


    Screw the template to a rough cut of ply mark your center line clearly from top to bottom and route the edge clean. Make sure you mark a cross point midway in your center line for lining up when you flip over and do the same on the opposite side.


    Cross point midway in your center line.


    Remove the half plate and there you have your top and back plate template. These two templates (half plate and full plate) will also be used for making your side bending jig and the body mold.


    Check for accuracy.
    Last edited by Alex Reid; 01-29-2011 at 02:19 PM.

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    Me Too! Good Looking Start!
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    Oh boy this is going to be fun to watch!

    Alex, do you play the guitar?
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    You guys and your popcorn.

    Stu I play a bit but not a lot. I'll post a sound byte if all goes well.

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    So this has been what you have been doing with your time Alex. Wondered why we had not heard much from ya. How long is the build going to take do you think?
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    Oh sorry
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    I'll be watching this with much interest, Alex. Thanks for posting.

    And here...I'll share:

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