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#1 posted 08-03-2012 04:12 PM

Steam box, no. It isn’t done that way with guitar sides.

The sides are bent on a metal pipe heated with a propane
torch on the inside. You can get an electric bender too,
but the pipe works fine. You can build or buy a side
bending rig but for one guitar it is probably not worth
the investment. Finally, you can have the sides bent
in a kit, but I wouldn’t recommend it since you’d be
cheating yourself of a most interesting experience.

You might want to buy the fingerboard pre-slotted since
the slots are tricky to cut as accurately without a special
setup and saw.

I recommend avoiding the dovetailed neck and going with
a mortised and bolted neck.

If you don’t have clamps with perhaps 8” of throat
you’ll need some to glue the bridge with the clamps
through the sound hole. Deep throat luthier clamps
can do this job. You can also vacuum clamp the bridge
if you have a pump.

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