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lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 49
Hi
Im new to this site. I just learned about it. Thank you for letting me be a part of it.

I am trying to resurch kits and what to buy for my first. Im sure this site will help. For now I will read what has already been posted. Then Im sure I will have questions. Im a Lefty and have not found a Lefty kit yet.

Thank You again, Lefty Dan

Jul 21, 07 | 6:55 am
jhowell

Total Topics: 37
Total Posts: 676
Dan--

Talk to John Hall at Blues Creek Guitars, one of the sponsors here. He'll be able to fix you up I'm sure.

--Jim

Jul 21, 07 | 9:32 am
jhowell

Total Topics: 37
Total Posts: 676
And Welcome!!!

Jul 21, 07 | 9:32 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
Jim, Thank you,
I hope to learn a lot from this site and make friend too.

Jul 21, 07 | 11:39 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Dan -- Welcome -- Ditto on John Hall; he can put togeter a left kit for you!

Jul 21, 07 | 1:05 pm
Ted

Total Topics: 22
Total Posts: 158
Lefty Dan, Welcome aboard - enjoy the ride. It is so enjoyable.

Jul 23, 07 | 2:00 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
Jim, I emailed John and he replied right back.
He said he can do a lefty. Thank you.
Thanks to everyone for the welcome in. I'm still trying to research which kit I'm going to get. Once I do the questions will start.
Dan

Jul 23, 07 | 5:41 am
Goobie

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 132
It seems to me there isn't much difference between a right handed guitar and left..
I don't see why you couldn't turn any kit into a left handed guitar without causing any extra amount of actual work.

Thinking about it, the only changes I can see are, the direction of the bridge saddle slot (you may or may not choose to make the bridge yourself anyway) and the direction of the lower braces on the guitar top (which I'm not sure would make much difference?!?). Other than that, maybe the dots along the top of the fingerboard but that is just cosmetic stuff which wouldn't matter so much much when considering what kit to order.

Are there things I'm overlooking?

Cheers,
Chad



Jul 23, 07 | 7:42 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Chad, you're almost 100% right ... The tone bars in the lower bout do make a difference in tone, so they should be reversed -- but other than that the construction is all about the same.

Bill

Jul 23, 07 | 10:10 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
Bill, I was thinking in the same direction as Chad. I always wondered about the lower bars. You answered two questions. What are they called and that they do make a difference.
Years ago I would flip a righty. Then I would flip a righty and get a new nut. It never stayed in tune. I suppose someone could flip a righty, get a new nut and have the bridge cut. Ive seen that but never had it done.

I now have a lefty Taylor and Larrivee, so I guess those days are over.

This weekend I have been all over the web and am amazed at how much I found out about the kits and guitar building.
Also John emailed me right away. He can make a lefty kit.

I just need to decide what I want. I was thinks a dreadnought because its so common and it may be easier for the first one. I would like a 000-rosewood.
Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated. Dan

Jul 23, 07 | 2:33 pm
Bill Cory

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Total Posts: 3584
Dan -- i don't think that there's much difference in difficulty between different guitar bodies. You can build a dreadnought just as easily as a 000 just as easily as a 00 ... jumbo ... etc. Since the sides are already bent and bracing is laid out for you, contoured for the most part, etc. -- all the really challenging and difficult jobs have been done.

So, bottom line, just build the guitar you want!

Bill

Jul 23, 07 | 3:33 pm
Goobie

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 132
Dan,
What Bill said is very true! It shouldn't be any harder to build a 000 than anything else.
I too wish to build/have a smaller body guitar but chose to build a dreadnought for my 1st. My reasoning was that I am familiar with how they sound and feel because it is what I am used to playing. I thought it would be a easier for me to compare its sound to what I expected when it is finished (almost done now!).

Now that I have almost completed the Dreadnought, I feel that with what I learned I can make that long desired OM and have it turn out even better than the dreadnought. I even plan to do a cutaway in the next one. I am strongly thinking of building from scratch as well, but that is outside of the topic we are discussing here :)

Cheers and good luck!
Chad

Jul 24, 07 | 5:59 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
Id love to see photos of your Dread, Chad.
I too want a smaller guitar mostly because that's what I like to play. I also like the 1 3/4 nut for finger play. The dread would be cool if it had a 1 3/4 nut. I know I could build one with a 1 3/4 nut but for the first I what to keep it simple.

Cant wait till my wife gives me the green light !!

Dan

Jul 24, 07 | 7:40 am
Goobie

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 132
I built my dread with a 1 3/4 Nut.. Again, like left vs. right.. there nothing more complicated to making the nut any width you like.
I have a thread in the "Building Procedures" forum where I have links to some pics of the dread build: http://www.kitguitarsforum.com/forum/threads.php?id=1322_0_6_0_C

Cheers,
Chad


Jul 24, 07 | 7:55 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47

Chad,
I have been following your threads and wow it looks great.
My question is, for a 1 3/4 nut is the neck also bigger at the nut area.
Is the neck the same size as say an OM. ? I have a Taylor 312 grand concert 1 3/4 . Is the neck the same as a Taylor dread? ex...

Jul 25, 07 | 4:40 am
Goobie

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 132
The neck width will equal the nut width, yes. I ordered mine from LMI and even though the neck was "serviced" it was still "oversize" for my taste. I changed the width, taper, and shape and heel angle of the neck considerably from the way I received it. There was enough material there to make the changes I wanted. I actually had posted almost this exact same question when I was ready to concentrate on the neck. I believe Bill came to my rescue and responded on that one (Thanks again, Bill!)
Having had to make so many changes to the serviced neck, I don't think I will use another one. But for a first time build, I don't regret it. Its much less daunting to have something in your hands that already looks like a neck than it would be to start out with raw lumber! :)

Cheers,
Chad

Jul 25, 07 | 6:03 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
OK So I'm a little scared to get started. Stew-mac has a mandolin kit for 150.00. I am thinking about building one first. I could fancy it up as I go and get some great experience. What do you guys think.
Thanks, Dan

Jul 28, 07 | 7:51 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Dan -- Have you checked the reviews on www.KitGuitarBuilder.com? They might be helpful. Also, in my truly humble opinion, I think building the mandolin kit is just as difficult as if not more difficult than, building the 000 or dread kit from Stewmac. Certainly the finishing is no easier, no matter what you build.

I would suggest, Dan, that if you can afford it, go ahead and get the 000 or dread kit. You won't be sorry, and you will be able to do it well.

Several of us on this forum had never built a guitar; many, like me, had never built anything at all. We have all succeeded; it just isn't as difficult as you might be thinking.

My 2 cents worth.

Bill

Jul 29, 07 | 6:46 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
Bill,
Thanks for the respond. I guess I am just thinking out loud. The Mandolin kit I was thinking about is 150.00. I thought I could play with it and cut bindings and rosettes. Fancy it up a bit. In the processes I wound learn and if I screwed up it with be on a 150.00 Mandolin.
Dan
P.S. What I'm hearing from the voice of experience is to just go for it. I don't even know how to play a Mandolin. So maybe I will save up and get the ooo.
Dan

Jul 29, 07 | 7:23 am
moocatdog

Total Topics: 35
Total Posts: 302
Dan,
I'm new, too! Glad to see another newbie jumping in about the same time. If I stop and think about this too long it is very intimidating. But everyone here is so helpful that I'm throwing caution to the wind. Hey, it's just a guitar and it's only for me; if I mess it up I'll just start over.

Moo :-)

Jul 29, 07 | 7:35 pm
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
moocatdog,
That's so true. Have you gotten a guitar (kit) yet?
If not what are you thinking about getting?
Dan

Jul 29, 07 | 9:23 pm
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
I have another question for the ones who have built several.
I am reading about guys that have build 5,6,7 or more guitars. How is the value? I mean do you keep them all or sell them. If you sell what can you get for them.
Dan

Jul 29, 07 | 9:59 pm
moocatdog

Total Topics: 35
Total Posts: 302
Lefty Dan,
I ordered my kit from the esteemed forum member John Hall (Blues Creek Guitars). There are several excellent choices available, but I went with John because he is a contributor to another forum I frequent, so I felt a bit of kinship already. I also knew that John would be able to help me build something a little bit off the beaten path. He's been great to work with and has put together a custom kit with the materials and specifications exactly to my taste. Now I just have to build it!

As for the value, I'm not looking to get a "better" guitar for the money than I could buy at a store. For me, this is about the process, the experience and the joy of playing a guitar that I built with my own two hands. Which, in my mind, is priceless.

Jul 30, 07 | 11:11 am
lefty Dan

Total Topics: 9
Total Posts: 47
Moo
Im happy for you. I cant wait to get my first kit. I worked OT this weekend and may be able to swing it soon. Good luck and keep us posted when it arrives.
Dan

Jul 30, 07 | 11:18 am



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