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Modeled after an OM-14 Martin.

Indian rosewood for back and sides.
Carpathian spruce for the top.
Ebony for bridge, fingerboard, and headstock.
Mahogany neck.
Red heart pearl rosette inlay.
Tiger stripe maple for bindings, back inlay, and body tail piece inlay.
Z-poxy 30 min epoxy for wood filler.
8 coats of Tru-oil varnish, polished out with buffing wheel.

8 months to build…..whew!!!

Working on a Dreadnought style now.

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Gorgeous guitar! in your first attempt,you are already a Luthier Master!
 

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Wow! That sucker is gorgeous!

As a player and a woodworker, I've always had the itch to make one. Seeing how great yours came out gives me hope that I could do it.

Did you make it from a kit or purchase everything seperately? Since it was your first, I'm assuming you must have had some sort of plan to work from?
 

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Barry,

That's exceptional work! I'm still working on a Dreadnaught in spare time between other projects (bloged about it here too). A couple of questions:

Did you use existing plans or design from scratch?

How did you find the Tru-Oil to work with? What did you buff it with?
 

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Thanks for the comments guys!

Charlie, I made this from plans purchased from luthiers forum.

This was just a pile of flat wood when I started except for the neck that
I bought pre-shaped but had to file and sand to the proper profile.
Also the bridge was bought the same way.

I used the John Mayes DVD series to build this guitar. You can buy them from
his site, or rent them from Smartflix.
 

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Wow, is that special. Your time and care show. Looks flawless to me. Fantastic project.
 

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That sure is a beauty, an awesome finish.
 

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Beautiful! I have always had an itch to make one. Curious… How much was the total cost? and… how does it play and sound?
 

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Very nice!
 

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My hat is off to you! That is an amazing bit of work there. I love it!
 

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I have had 3 "real" guitar players, (unlike me!), play it. They liked it with comments about
a sweet mid-range tone, and great sustain. Being an OM-14 style, you won't get the bass and
power you get from anything like a dreadnought size guitar. Playability is something very personal for the
person playing it. One said the action was right on, and the other 2 thought it was a
bit high for them. But all said the neck felt good. This is adjustable on the guitar so I could lower
the action for someone who wanted it that way.

They were probably just being nice to me…hehe….
 

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Barry, excellent craftsmanship. Back many years ago I'd built three guitars, 1 classical and 2 dreadnought. I can appreciate the work you've put into this one. It's absolutely beautiful.

(Your photos are great too.)

Thanks for posting it.
 

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Beautiful!
 

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That is a fantastic looking guitar. Great finish!

I have always wanted to make one.
 
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