#1
From total scratch. I looked on a few websites and it seems very involved and like a long process, but I think if I got all the tools and the wood that it could be a very fun project given I got the time.

Also would an acoustic built by an amature have any chance of sounding "good"?
#2
i dont no i am thinking of making one myself and ive heard the first couple guitars u make will be crap but i dont no i have hopes
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#3
Don't try to make one yourself. It's not like building an electric you have to worry about sustain and tone. And no, it 99% chance will not sounds anygood.
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#4
It's hard, but not impossible. Not that I can do it (I'm only doing clumsy repair- and modifying jobs) but obviously people are doing it. Speaking for myself; my next step will be trying to assemble one of those prefab kits. For the moment that seems more feasable than trying to carve one from a solid block of wood.
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From total scratch. I looked on a few websites and it seems very involved and like a long process, but I think if I got all the tools and the wood that it could be a very fun project given I got the time.

Also would an acoustic built by an amature have any chance of sounding "good"?



It's hard and it takes a lot of time. Most people spend 6 months to a year on their 1st guitar. It's also worth every bit of it. If you have the tools and the time then do it. Your guitar will sound good. Probably better than most guitars you hear in the music store.

If you are thinking about building from scratch but you don't have the bigass bandsaw that you need to resaw your own lumber then get an unserviced kit from www.lmii.com. The unserviced kits are basically raw lumber but they have resawn it so that you don't need a $3,000 bandsaw. That is all. There mahogany kit isn't that great but their rosewood one is really really nice. Before you buy a kit get william cumpiano's book Guitarmaking tradition and technology. It will let you know what you really need for tools and it will tell you exactly how to build your guitar.
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#7
If you haven't worked with wood that much then it will be hard as hell. From the pictures I've seen, building an acoustic from scratch seems like a very long process with no margin for error. I'm a carpenter myself, so I can handle building furniture and stuff, but an acoustic would be way too much for me.
#8
^I build acoustics and furniture. Building good furniture is every bit as hard as building a good acoustic. It's just different... and there is some room for mistakes. The real difference between being somebody that builds a guitar and being a luthier is ones ablility to hide their mistakes
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