Having just finished my first kit guitar I thought I would share a few pictures to inspire others who might be thinking about it.
First my disclaimer - I am not a woodworker and do not have a fancy shop. I own and play several very nice guitars and really didn't need another, but I'm facinated by how things are made and how they work. I chose to build a kit to eliminate a few critical operations that I figured I could really botch up. I spent about 6 months researching everything I could - both on line and in books, and finally settled on a rosewood 000 sized 12 fret slot head with basically Martin style 28 detail from Steve Kovacik. As work went along I added a few of my personal touches. I have written up my notes and would be happy to share them with anyone who is interested.
Here are a few pictures and comments. I really wasn't trying to document the proceedure but just snapped a couple pics from time to time. OK, here goes
I chose a traditional dovetail neck joint. This is what the parts looked like out of the box. At this point I figured I had made a mistake and e-mailed Steve. He assured me that everything would be OK...
Here is the neck and fretboard - Martin style truss rod and roll pins and style 21 snowflakes
Braced the back (one brace slipped while clamping)
Braced and scalloped the top - tone tapped too
Simple little pressboard mold and spreader - body is kerfed
Routed the back for binding
And the top
The binding process is pretty messy
Body and neck ready for finish
I used rattle cans of StewMac lacquer
Fitting the dovetail neck joint. This took a good six hours
Yea, baby! I had just paid a luther to reset necks on two old Martins - now I know why it costs so much.
Back - nice EIRW with style 28 center stripe and binding
Front - Steve picked a piece of spruce with beautiful bear claw
The headstock with my initial in MOP
Soundhole - abalone rosette and a home made label
Please feel free to e-mail or PM me if you have any questions. It really play beautifully - huge sound for a little guitar. I'm currently working on number 2, an LMI classical and will post pictures of it too when I get done.