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newbe hi all

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doing some research and found this site.
Plan on purchasing a kit from Martin, or stew-mac. i
I like the -000- D18 and D24.
I have quiet a bit of wood working experience from building gun stocks.
I will be getting my kit ordered in the next couple weeks.
Ill probably have a bunch of questions as I do each step.
What would consider as your first build?
thanks Dave

Feb 25, 07 | 5:25 am
Bill Cory

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Dave -- go over to and read the reviews of the kits and separate reviews of their documentation. Having built all three (CFM, Stewmac and LMI), I know which would be (and was) my choice for the first, and it becomes obvious as you read the reviews.

Welcome to the forum ... enjoy!


Feb 25, 07 | 11:48 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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I have a section of tutorials at
you never have enough info . Good luck and have fun

Feb 25, 07 | 3:55 pm

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Thanks, I have both sites bookmarked and will check them out in detail

Feb 26, 07 | 4:25 am

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Welcome aboard dcd. I have not taken on a Blues Creek kit as yet, but I have heard nothing but praise for the product and backup service they offer. I am glad that I took on the Stewmac kit first, it was challenging but not too daunting. Regardless of which kit you go with, I would download the Stewmac instructions as a reference to what you are trying to acheive.
Most of all - drop in here when you have a question. We all learn (or revisist)each time a point is raised.

Feb 26, 07 | 4:32 am

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Welcome! It is always nice to meet a new person who shares the same interest as myself. I also started with a Stewmac kit and am very happy I did. The instructions are fantastic and between the video and manual pretty much every question I had was answered clearly. I am building an LMI kit now and although the kit itself is top notch, the instructions are somewhat lacking compared to the Stewmac kit. I refer to the Stewmac instructions and video often while building the LMI kit. That is not to say the LMI kit is bad, it is just that the instructions assume that you already know something about guitar building. They skip a lot of details that Stewmac covers. I have to say that LMI has them all beat hands down when it comes to kit selection. With their kit wizard, you can build pretty much anything you can think of with any kind of material you want. It is amazing. As far as Martin, I have never built one but from what I have read, the kit itself is good but the instructions are poor at best. You will definately need a lot more instruction material than what comes with the kit. Read Bill's comparison of the 'big 3' kit supplier manuals. You will find that he agrees that as far as instructions go, the order is Stewmac, LMI, and in a very distant 3'rd Martin. Bill's site is what turned me into the direction of Stewmac as a first kit. His site is a very valuable reference tool that I frequently visit. Of course the forums are a wealth of information too.

Anyways, have fun, ask lots of questions, and post pictures of your progress. Don't be a stranger!


Feb 26, 07 | 5:20 am

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Davidmor; could you provide me with a begining link of your guitar build.
I would like to start a Day 1 thanks

Feb 27, 07 | 5:27 am

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On the right side of the page you will see "Blog Archive" Click on January and you will see everything from the beginning. The first page is


Feb 27, 07 | 5:37 am
Ken Cierp

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Hi Dave -- enjoy the journey!!

Take a look here

I think you will find some interesting stuff --- if anyone ever tells you there is only one way to build a guitar -- run the other way! Its most important to understand what you are trying to accomplish, not the method, hence great new ideas are born.


Feb 27, 07 | 10:58 am

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Thanks for all the links, Looks like enough information to keep me busy for a while.

Feb 28, 07 | 3:26 am

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