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solidbody nylon kit?

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Hey all, I'm new on the block and I must say "this is a very cool site and I'm glad to be here" Has anyone seen a kit for a solid body nylon w/ bolt on or thru neck? Kinda like the Godins' multiac or the gibson/epiphone chet atkins nylon?

Sep 10, 08 | 7:42 pm
Bill Cory

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Sorry, not me... Have you tried google?

Welcome to the forum!

Sep 11, 08 | 4:05 am

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I've never seen a kit for anything like the Gibson/Epiphone Chet Atkins Nylon in a kit. But I just sold my Nylon String Epiphone Chet Atkins, and they are not true solid body guitars. These are chambered with a spruce top. I'm not sure how large the chambers are as the guitar was too nice to remove the top and the small covers from the back did not allow enough visibility to see. If you try to replicate these guitars, the sound may not be the same. Good luck and if you do find one, let me know it could be fun to build.


Sep 11, 08 | 2:22 pm
Ken Cierp

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The idea for a KMG so called Solid body classic has been around since I first heard Chet Atkin’s marvelous rendition of “Vincent”. However like so many projects it becomes a matter of time and dollars. As indicated above, these instruments (the better ones) are actually very thin body classic guitars. However, rather than having traditional bent rims the side are in fact routed out from solid materials. Kirk Sands does offer such a guitar that is made with bent sides. The tops are braced just like a standard instrument. The edges of the rim is chamfered back so the top glue surface along the edges is the same or less than traditional kerfing.

In my opinion the magic sound that can be produced has much to do with the electronics. The plans for the KMG included a fairly complex on board equalizer volume, tone, and level for each string – thus the large electronics compartment. Still one has to wonder if the very expensive Standel amps I saw at Chet’s performances are the real magic.

The neck will attach just like a Les Paul and have the classic headstock and tuners. There are no plans to offer a kit. Blue prints and construction drawings are still in the works —but do not hold your breath.


Sep 13, 08 | 10:22 am

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What a magnificant response, thank you. I researched the carvin CL450 before I bought one, and noticed that they are similar. A laser C&C mill produces their body product from a hunk of wood, and the top is still braced and tuned in coordinance with the pickup system for optimal response. I imagine the difference between a semi' hollow body VS. a solidbody that is acting along with an under saddle pickup would show simillar comparisons as mounting a magnetic pickup to a pickgaurd VS. mounting a magnetic pickup directly to the body. The Carvin sounded heavenly plugged in, and unremarkable unplugged. I suppose the the Godin multiac is the same. I'm playing a Taylor NS42 at present and pretty happy with it.

Sep 13, 08 | 11:27 am

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