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Project by mwilhelm posted 04-16-2020 11:55 AM 530 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The past few years I have been thinking about building a guitar. I finished a walnut slab river table in early December and then just randomly decided that it was time to build a guitar. This is a MUCH different project than the Maloof style rockers I have mostly built in the past 8 years. As a side note… I do not know how to play guitar, I just thought it would be a very challenging project to work on. Everyone encouraged me to buy a kit for my first guitar build, but what’s the fun in that? So, I finished it up in early April after lots of life slowed down the build. The back and sides are East Indian Rosewood with a Sitka Spruce soundboard and a Ziricote fingerboard and bridge. I used walnut burl for the rosette and headstock lamination. The neck is curly maple laminated with walnut at both ends. I also laminated my own solid lining (out of walnut) for the inside instead of buying kerfed linings. I hand bent the sides using a 1.5” galvanized pipe with a torch in it. I liked the clean look of some Martins I have seen without binding around the perimeter so I decided to build it without binding. Overall, I’m super happy with how it turned out and I’m already planning my next guitar build.

-Mark





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gridlockd

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#1 posted 04-16-2020 12:10 PM

Wow, that is gorgeous! I love the rosewood on the back, very high end! I have always wanted to try building a guitar but never had the guts, I don’t play either and it seemed like a frivolous project for me, but you’ve may have changed my mind! What a great job you did, much to be proud of here!

-- Gridlockd

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Andre

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#2 posted 04-16-2020 04:29 PM

WoW Wow! That is great! Thought about building one also but my skill set is more in tune cutting boards:) Maybe the odd Bench and someday a Cedar strip Canoe?

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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oldrivers

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#3 posted 04-16-2020 05:55 PM

This is one Beautiful Guitar, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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JCamp

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#4 posted 04-16-2020 08:23 PM

Looks beautiful. If u want someone to play it feel free to send it my way :)

-- Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all thy might

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BurlyBob

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#5 posted 04-17-2020 03:58 AM

Very nicely done. I know the work it takes to make a high quality acoustic guitar. It’s a project I will avoid. Yours is a true beauty.

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Foghorn

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#6 posted 04-17-2020 11:10 PM

Fantastic guitar Mark. The double scarf joint on the headstock and stacked heel with contrasting woods look great. If you’re not careful, the guitar building bug will bite. Time to take some lessons via YouTube and start playing!

-- Darrel

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JohnPaul01

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#7 posted 04-18-2020 01:12 AM

Beautiful job. I build guitars, and know firsthand the work and attention to detail entailed in a well-made instrument.
It really is well done, Mark. I am curious as to how it sounds. Perhaps you could have a friend play it and you could post a video?

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DMiller

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#8 posted 04-18-2020 01:24 AM



Beautiful job. I build guitars, and know firsthand the work and attention to detail entailed in a well-made instrument.
It really is well done, Mark. I am curious as to how it sounds. Perhaps you could have a friend play it and you could post a video?

- JohnPaul01

+1
I recently finished building an acoustic too, I’m sure you were just as thrilled as I was stringing it up! Looks awesome, definitely for me at least an addicting hobby!
-Dale

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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nralien

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#9 posted 04-18-2020 09:48 PM

that is a beautiful guitar. Has anyone played it? If so how did the sound turn out?

-- nralien, Wausau, WI

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