A Resonator Guitar

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Project by dan mosheim posted 07-12-2008 12:45 PM 8302 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son Will has been working on this resonator guitar. We bought it as a kit from Stew Mac and it’s working out really well. it’s a lot of work, but if you ever had an interest in making a musical instrument, this is not a bad way to go. Check it out here
Click the pictures on the blog to enlarge them ….. Links to Stew Mac kits on the blog also …

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 07-12-2008 01:02 PM

Dan, this post and the blog bring back a lot of memories. I’d built several guitars as a teenager, but haven’t done one since then (some 30 years ago). It looks like your son inherited a lot of talent. Thanks for the post.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 07-12-2008 02:28 PM

Thanks for the post, Dan. I’ve made electrics, but this is what I want to tackle someday. Got a whole lotta blue to play on one of these. Keep us posted on the completed project. Thanks.

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#3 posted 07-12-2008 02:54 PM

Looking good!

As both a player and a woodworker, making an acoustic guitar is definitely on my “to do” list. Looks like I need to build up my small clamp collection first!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-12-2008 03:23 PM

Hi Dan;

This looks great.

Every once in a while the urge to make an instrument strikes a cord. (pun intended)

I would probably go with a violin though, because I can’t spell guitar.

Nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-12-2008 03:44 PM

Looking very good. Keep us posted on the progress, please.

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#6 posted 07-12-2008 04:18 PM

Nice guitar!
National Standard had better worry!

-- GlennL, New Jersey

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#7 posted 07-12-2008 04:33 PM

The Mississippi delta is shining like a National Guitar— Paul Simon, Graceland

Nice work, Will. Thanks for the link, Dan. Stew-Mac has some great tools for the inlay enthusiast as well as novel work-holding methodologies that aren’t often seen in the more general class of woodworking. I haven’t entertained the notion of building an instrument, and if I did, I would have to post the blog on, as I have a tin ear.

Stew-Mac also has a free monthly newsletter with repair shop tips that can be a boon to anyone who pursues woodworking.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#8 posted 07-12-2008 05:54 PM

That’s really a great project. Keep up the good work. I agree with Douglas, Stew Mac is a great source for lots of intresting tools and parts. What finish are you planning to use?


-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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#9 posted 07-12-2008 05:59 PM

That looks like a great kit – and like something that might actually get me to make one, and finally learn to play. Cant wait to see how it comes out.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#10 posted 07-12-2008 06:05 PM

Stew-Mac is a great source. There are some good kits (customizeable) at Luthier's Mercantile, too.

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#11 posted 07-12-2008 07:51 PM

That looks beautiful Dan (& Will!). I’m looking forward to seeing the finished job. I have a pile of jigs waiting for me to set about an OM sized acoustic. I really must do something about that.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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