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LMI's OM kit with E.I. Rosewood B&S, Adirondack Spruce top and curly maple binding.

Oct 04, 07 | 9:35 am

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Very nice!
Looks like nice clean work..
Well done.


Oct 04, 07 | 10:29 am
Bill Cory

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Great work JJ! -- I really like that maple binding -- and nice finish. How do you like the sound?


Oct 04, 07 | 12:01 pm

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Hi Bill----I love the sound of this thing, and was a bit surprised when I first heard it. It's a fairly loud guitar, with super resonance and great mids and highs. I'm particularly pleased with the way the mids and the trebles sound---really crisp and bright (something my Martin 000 lacks). The thing that really surprised me is the sustain it has, and I'm guessing that's gotta be the Adirondack. It really rings and rings and rings.

Thanks very much for all you've done and do with this forum. I got alot of great ideas and help here (lots of it from you), and could not have done this without the super support structure you've built with this great forum.

Best Regards,


Oct 04, 07 | 12:19 pm

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Great work! It is so cool to hear the first one played!


Oct 04, 07 | 3:20 pm

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Beautiful work there! I especially love that adi top. I am a huge fan of growth rings showing in the top. My opinion is that the top is wood and it should look like it!

Thanks for showing to us.... Oh, and Welcome!

Oct 04, 07 | 4:12 pm

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Great job JJ!!!!
What kind of finish did you use??Is the soundhole slighty bigger??

Oct 04, 07 | 5:14 pm

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Hi Paul---the finish I used was the Hybrivar product from Target Coatings
(high gloss....12 coats on back & sides, 8 coats on top). It gives a nice warm tone after being buffed out, but I found it a bit difficult to apply, and that no doubt has to do with me and not the product (I brushed it). Knowing what I know now, if I were to do it again I'd cut it 5% or more with their retarder product.

The soundhole is bigger (4") than the LMI OM Plan specified (3.875"). Why I don't know...I got the serviced kit, and that's the way it arrived. It doesn't seem to have had any negative effects though. Who knows, maybe it adds something...the thing really sounds good.

Best Regards,


Oct 04, 07 | 5:43 pm

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Congrats, Thrilling, those first noises, aren't they. You got yourself a very nice guitar.

Oct 05, 07 | 8:49 am

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Kudos, that is a fine looking guitar! The binding looks great and the bound neck is so classy!

Oct 24, 07 | 6:30 am

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Nice work JJ! I like the looks of the curly maple and that adi top has pizzaz. What's next?

Oct 24, 07 | 5:32 pm

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Hi justlooking,

Thanks for your kind words.

Next one is the LMI dreadnought kit with some modifications. The back & sides are cocobolo (fretboard and bridge is too), top is Sitka, and binding will be either curly koa or maple. I want to make my own one-piece neck on this one, and I found a gorgeous slab of mahogany from Central America that hopefully will look like a neck when I'm all through with it. I'm also going to take a stab at some pearl inlay on this one too.


Oct 24, 07 | 6:24 pm
Ken Hundley

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Beautiful JJ, I am doing the exact same one right now with Koa bindings and herringbone rosette! My soundhole is also 4", interesting. You've done a beautiful job. Excellent work!

Oct 25, 07 | 7:25 am
Ken Hundley

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I noticed thre are no fret position markers, are you a classical player by chance? Just curious, and again, beautiful job.

Oct 25, 07 | 7:27 am

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Hi Ken,

Thanks very much for your kind words. Sounds like you're working on a beauty....I bet the Koa bindings will be super!

Regarding the fretboard markers on the OM I just finished----I decided as a matter of personal preference. I don't need them for playing as long as I have the small side position markers, and just like the way the fretboard looks without them. I'll put them on the dread I'm working on now because it may end up going to someone else.

Interesting about the soundhole on the one you're building. Sounds like LMI probably uses the same 4" dimension on all their acoustic tops, regardless of the particular style guitar.


Oct 25, 07 | 1:47 pm
Ken Hundley

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I understand. I will be building the same guitar next spring out of australian blackwood with flamed maple binding. I do not intend on putting markers on the fretboard, only some artistic inlay, and fret markers on the side. IT does have rather purist look that way, doesn't it?

Oct 26, 07 | 6:34 am

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