#1
So I am pretty psyched to start building my own acoustic guitar and I have a few questions before I do it to which I couldn't find answers to in the only threads (please do tell if I've missed it)


I'm not too knowledgeable on materials, wood, tools or any of that and I'm not expecting any close estimates, but I wanted to get a feel of what's ahead, such as cost, hours of work, more specific parts that need special attention and materials, any literature you'd recommend, etc.

Not looking to build anything professional or anything, just a plain old new guitar (that doesn't sound like a rake on a chalkboard, preferably)


Much obliged for the attention
Last edited by kalnoky7 at Mar 28, 2011,
#2
Some guitar manufacturers sell kits. Even the kits require some wood working experience and tools. I'd recommend that you do a Google search on Acoustic Guitar Build. I've checked out some of these sites before. After you check them out, you may have second thoughts on building an acoustic. How about a nice electric build?

Edit: Here's a cool site. You can pick a kit based on your skills.

http://www.lmii.com/
Last edited by KG6_Steven at Mar 28, 2011,
#3
Quote by KG6_Steven
Some guitar manufacturers sell kits. Even the kits require some wood working experience and tools. I'd recommend that you do a Google search on Acoustic Guitar Build. I've checked out some of these sites before. After you check them out, you may have second thoughts on building an acoustic. How about a nice electric build?

Edit: Here's a cool site. You can pick a kit based on your skills.

http://www.lmii.com/

Aye, I've already looked into it

The thing is I'm not big on electric guitar

And I really wanted to do it from scratch (except maybe the frets, tuning keys, and some other stuff you lovely people could tell me ). I really want to try this out, I think I'll try and find a luthier somewhere to have a chat first, though.

What I intended from this thread was just maybe a "You're looking at at least 6 months worth of work and you probably want to pay close attention to x because beginners usually blah blah blah"


I really really don't want to use premade stuff as much as possible


edit: Regardless of shittiness of said guitar
Last edited by kalnoky7 at Mar 29, 2011,
#4
Buy this book,

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology - William R. Cumpiano




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Buy this book,

Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology - William R. Cumpiano

Thanks!
#6
and also "Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar - Jonathan Kinkead" for color images, and alternate ways on doing things. I've read Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology and its a much bigger book, but its also focused on less powertools, and more economic ways of doing things (IE: Putting frets in with jeans, a hammer, and a maul instead of suggesting a 60$ vice grip.)
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#7
Quote by kalnoky7
What I intended from this thread was just maybe a "You're looking at at least 6 months worth of work and you probably want to pay close attention to x because beginners usually blah blah blah"
time would depend on how often you could work on it. i'd say at least 6 months. and building an acoustic has its own set of challenges such as the bracing and the neck and curving the top, and obviously bending the sides, most websites say that you'll probably break the first few sides you try to bend which could get expensive fast. basically, there is a reason most people build electrics and not acoustics lol. heres a website that shows just how much work goes into it http://acousticguitarbuild.blogspot.com/

depending on how much you want to spend, there are courses one can do that last 2-4 weeks of building. but they are pricey, at least in australia you'd be looking at $2000 or $3000 or more. but the bonus of those courses are, its a definete time frame, and you do all the stuff from scratch.
#9
Thank you all!


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depending on how much you want to spend, there are courses one can do that last 2-4 weeks of building. but they are pricey, at least in australia you'd be looking at $2000 or $3000 or more. but the bonus of those courses are, its a definete time frame, and you do all the stuff from scratch.

I really don't have that kind of money, though I did see on my searches that taking a course could be cheaper in the long run
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Quote by kalnoky7
I really don't have that kind of money, though I did see on my searches that taking a course could be cheaper in the long run
me too im the same in that i dont play much electric at all. i want so badly to build an acoustic but i just dont have the money, and i feel that a course would be better than if i went running into it myself lol.
#11
On note about bending the sides, its cheaper then they say. You can make one for 20$ with a 200w light bulb, a dimmer switch, an aluminum can/pipe and a base to hold it on. I suggest you watch this guy's process http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QOFKozWBjo
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On note about bending the sides, its cheaper then they say. You can make one for 20$ with a 200w light bulb, a dimmer switch, an aluminum can/pipe and a base to hold it on. I suggest you watch this guy's process http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QOFKozWBjo
interesting..
though its not so much the jigs that i thought would be expensive, its the wood and the possibility of screwing it up somehow that i was thinking of.
still.. i might try that lol
#13
Quote by nowa90
On note about bending the sides, its cheaper then they say. You can make one for 20$ with a 200w light bulb, a dimmer switch, an aluminum can/pipe and a base to hold it on. I suggest you watch this guy's process http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1QOFKozWBjo

Isn't it weird that he built the sides before the front and back? It's the first time I've seen it, is it usual?
#14
Quote by kalnoky7
Isn't it weird that he built the sides before the front and back? It's the first time I've seen it, is it usual?

If you're working off a pattern or mold, there's no reason not to. In violin making, typically the sides are built and finished long before the top and back are carved.


Edit: honestly, I would read whatever material you can get your hands on that discusses string instrument building. Consider torrenting Bob Benedetto's class tapes on building an archtop guitar (you can find them on Demonoid, among other places), as a great deal of the information and basic shop practice you learn in those is extremely relevant in all aspects of instrument building (for instance, did you know of the potential catastrophe involved in using liquid hide glues?).

Before I built my first classical guitar, I studied for over two years to learn the science of instrument construction as it applied to all string instruments. Consequently, my first guitar was a success and was sold to a professional musician for a modest sum. The more research you do, the better equipped you will be for the task at hand.
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