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I chose to use wood side braces vs cloth reinforcement apparently used on some Martin guitars. The alternative – building your own fine guitar – is not as difficult as you might imagine, given some skill, patience, and the expert guidance of a master luthier. I made two guitars using the same mold, the first guitar is the maple one. As a side note, I cut these braces on the bandsaw and then shaped them by hand with a plane ala a violin soundbar. I planed and scraped the sides down to about 2mm before I bent them.

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If you are planning to build a guitar read this book first. Skip to main content. Clearly this is not the rosewood seen in the previous photo. I probably needed to refine the mold or the blocks kinkeaf bit more. I’m planning on starting a guitar build as soon as I gather a few more of the small tools.


See all kinlead brand new listings. I glued sheets of cork to the blocks of scrap and then mass produced spools. This picture shows the linings and the installation of the side braces.

I used this as a sort of prototype to test out methods before applying them to the rosewood.

Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar, Book – Hal Leonard Online

Most of the hardware, like the tuners, are cheap and not worth the effort to install. I ended up with an instrument on par with ones costing much more. Stewart for the fantastic photo. RowlingHardcover Above is a video of the new rosewood dreadnought documented on this page. Show More Show Less. Every step of construction is fully covered, from choice, selection, and preparation of woods, to consideration of size, bracing, and tonal qualities. Los of detail, so you could almost make your own guitar.

Each step of the building sequence is clearly photographed in color, with variations to the standard design shown to enable you to personalize your instrument as you make it. I chose to use a wooden cap rather than glue soaked linen where the braces cross beneath the sound hole.

Next time I will be more precise measuring the thickness of the braces and cutting the notches accordingly. I was surprised how easily the rosewood bent, especially compared to the figured maple I have used for my previous guitars.


Ratings and Reviews Write a review. I also referred to Bob Benedetto’s archtop book for a few comparisons to the archtop guitar construction methods I was familiar with.

Best Selling in Textbooks, Education See all. I laid out and cut the notches for the braces in the kerfed linings.

The mold is based on Jonathna. Packaging should be the same as what is found in a retail store, unless the item is handmade or was packaged by the manufacturer in non-retail packaging, such as an unprinted box or plastic bag. I used joonathan very well written book to help with the Martin project. His craft is born out of experience and intuition rather than a strict following of technical detail. The spool clamps were made with very inexpensive carriage bolts and spools cut from Walnut scrap with a hole cutter on the drill press.