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If you are planning to build iknkead guitar read this book first. See details for additional description. RowlingHardcover I kept the body in the mold for support and stability. I’m planning on starting a guitar build as soon as I gather a few more of the small tools.

I glued sheets of cork to the blocks of scrap and then mass produced spools.

If you are considering building an acoustic guitar or even if you just want to know how a guitar is constructed, this book is VERY comprehensive. 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. After gluing on the top I trimmed the excess with a flush konkead bit being very careful not to chip out the spruce.

I cut the sound hole using Stewmac’s attachment for the dremel. Next time I will be more precise measuring the thickness of the braces and cutting the notches accordingly. Started off gluing together some necks. Thanks to Michael G. I made two guitars using the same mold, the first guitar is the maple one.


Jonathan Kinkead (Author of Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar)

Save on Textbooks, Education Trending price is based on prices over last 90 days. Best Selling in Textbooks, Education See all. Explains types of woods, tools used and techniques. Show More Show Less. I could have used the plan in Mr. Staff Cosmic Debris Etc.

Here’s a picture of one of the finished 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. By the way, I forgot to mention that after sanding the top many steps ago, I applied a couple of thin coats of shellac to help keep the top from getting too dirty or stained during the construction process.

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

As a side note, I cut these braces on the bandsaw and then shaped them by hand with a plane ala a violin soundbar. You may also like.

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Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: I used an armory of different sized sticks to apply pressure between the the top of the deck and the soundboard gluing surface. You would think engineers would have a little more foresight I chose to use wood side braces vs cloth reinforcement apparently used on some Martin jonwthan.


I find that it helps to plane them a little thinner in areas where tight bending is going to occur like on a Venetian cut-away. See all 11 brand new listings. I planed and scraped the sides down to about 2mm before I bent them. Above is a video of the new rosewood dreadnought documented on this page. His craft is born out of experience and intuition rather than a strict following of technical detail.

Had to be careful that the grease didn’t get on to the maple or spruce. Any Condition Any Condition.

The mold is based on Mr. The carriage bolts were very cheap but covered in grease so it was a messy. Obviously I skipped a few steps here in the documenting process. I used this as a sort of prototype to test out methods before applying them to the rosewood. The resulting beauty of form and distinctive tone have earned him his reputation as one of the world’s most respected independent luthiers. Kinkead for a jonathann well-done book!