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Forum topic by magimat posted 03-05-2020 03:19 AM 457 views 0 times favorited 12 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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magimat

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03-05-2020 03:19 AM

Hey,

I just finished my first instrument, which is a ukulele concert. I had absolutely no experience before starting this project, but I’m really happy with the result.

My main goal is now to build an acoustic guitar, but in the meantime, here is a quick recap video of my ukulele build:

https://youtu.be/ravxk7V4V2M


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Jeff

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#1 posted 03-05-2020 05:06 AM

Very nice. I made one for our grandson a few years back. It too was a first time instrument for me.

Walnut, Fir, and Maple

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Foghorn

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#2 posted 03-05-2020 05:13 AM

Well done. I’ve built a few ukuleles including an archtop. They are fun to build and play. A lot quicker than building a guitar but very similar methods.

-- Darrel

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Woodknack

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#3 posted 03-05-2020 05:23 AM

Nice work. Good looking uke.

-- Rick M, http://thewoodknack.blogspot.com/

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PBWilson1970

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#4 posted 03-06-2020 01:27 PM

Nice work!

I’ve always wanted to build a guitar. I can’t believe how many online resources there are these days. Lots of ideas out there. I’ve made a point over the last decade or so to keep my eyes open for wide, quartered wood for guitar projects. Now all I have to do is overcome the fear of screwing up such nice wood and get building!

What specs are you thinking about for your acoustic? Design? Wood choices?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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DMiller

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#5 posted 03-06-2020 06:38 PM


Nice work!

I ve always wanted to build a guitar. I can t believe how many online resources there are these days. Lots of ideas out there. I ve made a point over the last decade or so to keep my eyes open for wide, quartered wood for guitar projects. Now all I have to do is overcome the fear of screwing up such nice wood and get building!

What specs are you thinking about for your acoustic? Design? Wood choices?

- PBWilson1970

If you want a great resource for guitar building, Making the Responsive Guitar is by far the best book, written by one of the best luthiers of all time. I’m using this book on my guitar build and highly recommend it; yes, it is expensive but definitely worth it! As to ruining good wood, the experience comes at a price! It is worth it though, just do your best and it will work out!
-Dale
https://www.stewmac.com/How-To/Books/Guitar_Building_and_Repair_and_Setup_Books/The_Responsive_Guitar.html

https://esomogyi.com/

-- 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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PBWilson1970

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#6 posted 03-06-2020 06:45 PM

Those Somogyi books have been on my wish list even before they were released and I caught word that he was writing them. I’ve read excerpts and they have caused my mind to spin with the thoroughness of his ideas and the mathematics involved. Maybe one day in the near future.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Foghorn

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#7 posted 03-06-2020 07:05 PM

Subscribe to a luthiers forum for excellent information. The Official Luthiers forum is one of the best out there. MIMF is another. I started way back when with Benedetto’s book on archtop guitar building to build my first guitar. Still the only book out there for these. It has a lot of techniques used for building flat tops as well.

-- Darrel

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magimat

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#8 posted 03-07-2020 01:37 AM

thanks for the comments

@Jeff, nice build !

@PBWilson1970: thanks, I already have most of the required wood for my guitar build, it will be Mahogany with sitka spruce top and ebony fretboard and bridge. As for the plan, I purchased an 0M plan from the same place I got my ukelele plan (Georgia Luthier Supply)

Should start building really soon, stay tuned for my first youtube video about it in a few days.

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Foghorn

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#9 posted 03-07-2020 04:01 PM



thanks for the comments

@Jeff, nice build !

@PBWilson1970: thanks, I already have most of the required wood for my guitar build, it will be Mahogany with sitka spruce top and ebony fretboard and bridge. As for the plan, I purchased an 0M plan from the same place I got my ukelele plan (Georgia Luthier Supply)

Should start building really soon, stay tuned for my first youtube video about it in a few days.

- magimat

Looking forward to seeing it. I’ve built a few OMs including a 12 string. I’m actually working on a new six string OM now with curly redwood top and Pau Ferro back and sides. The 12 string was mahogany with a cedar top and slotted head. Plan was from Stewart Macdonald.

-- Darrel

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knotscott

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#10 posted 03-07-2020 08:01 PM

Sweet!

-- Happiness is like wetting your pants...everyone can see it, but only you can feel the warmth....

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PBWilson1970

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#11 posted 03-08-2020 01:49 PM


The 12 string was mahogany with a cedar top and slotted head.

I’ll bet it looks beautiful. I love cedar topped guitars. The slotted head/12 string combo must make for some colorful language when changing strings! Despite the challenges, it makes good sense. Slotted heads and their tuners are lighter and oughta help with balance.

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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Foghorn

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#12 posted 03-08-2020 05:33 PM


The 12 string was mahogany with a cedar top and slotted head.

I ll bet it looks beautiful. I love cedar topped guitars. The slotted head/12 string combo must make for some colorful language when changing strings! Despite the challenges, it makes good sense. Slotted heads and their tuners are lighter and oughta help with balance.

- PBWilson1970

Thanks. Changing stings isn’t the most fun on a 12 string regardless of tuner type Ha. It isn’t much more tedious with the slotted head once you get the hang of it. I figured I would post it since I’d almost forgotten about it. It’s in new projects. C

-- Darrel

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