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Bill Cory

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Hello! Welcome!
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Feb 17, 06 | 10:40 am
A Peeb

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Bill I'm back. thanks with the help. I'll be posting some pics soon.

Al

Mar 11, 06 | 5:22 pm
Mike

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I’m Mike and I just signed up today.
I was linked to this site from the UMGF, I’m new to that forum as well, I have been a supporter of the FDP since 2001.

I have played the bass since 1963 and have been in bands since. Like the old joke goes, Dad asked me how my 3rd practice went, I said “had to miss it, I had a gig.” It was actually faster than that. I got the Framus Atlantic electric bass guitar on Christmas day 1965 and was in a band before new years, the following week. I played upright in the high school orchestra previous to the Christmas Bass.

Well I’m here now and inspired by all the great results you guys have achieved with these kits. I bought an old kit from a fellow FDPer about 4 years ago, I’ve been very busy with music, custom leather work and full time work along with being a husband and father, before me the kit sat in some one else’s closet for 10 years or so and even before that in another’s closet for who knows how long. I don’t really know how old this kit is but it originally came from Martin. The neck is bolt on so I’m thinking it’s not all that old, the wood is all perfect no signs of warping or twisting the top has 20 or more growth rings per inch and is perfectly quarter sawn, the rose wood back and sides are gorgeous. The grain of the neck is 45 degrees or so off perfectly quarter sawn and the finger board is fretted and installed, kind of make me think is may be a part added to the kit, I’m not sure what to think about this but I tend towards replacing it with a better quarter sawn neck, I also want to install my own finger board and head stock veneer that I inlayed taking an inlay class at MIMF.com.

Before I get too long winded I just wanted to say Hi and I’m glad I happened upon this forum.

Jul 20, 06 | 4:16 am
Bill Cory

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Hi Mike -- Welcome! We, too, are glad you found us!

Bill

Jul 20, 06 | 5:06 am
Herman

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Total Posts: 480
Hello, This is the first time I jump in here. The Forum of acousticguitar.com, which I joined for 2 years does not fit me anymore, at least at the moment. There is too much struggle between the pro's and the amateurs like me. And that spoils the fun for me. So for the near future you can find me here, trying to have fun and contribute if possible.

I've build two Martin kits, H28 and HD28. After that I built a OOO from scratch and currently I am making a D28 (Engelmann, Maple, Purpleheart) for a friend and next to that a Les Paul for myself, when the conditions are too bad for gluing the acoustic one.

So, regards from the Netherlands and we'll see,
Herman

Oct 28, 06 | 7:18 am
Bill Cory

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Herman -- Great to have you here! Enjoy!

Bill

Oct 28, 06 | 7:22 am
moocatdog

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Total Posts: 302
Hello. I too found this site through my participation in the UMGF. I've been a member there for about three years and have found myself most interested in the technical information related to tonewoods, luthery, etc. I've been contemplating a guitar building project for the past few months and have decided to go ahead and take the plunge.

Moo :-)

Jan 18, 07 | 6:09 pm
gawlicd

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Total Posts: 44
Hi Bill,
Great site!! Is there an edit feature I can use to edit my posts?
Thanks

Feb 18, 07 | 11:24 am
Bill Cory

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Hi -- no edit feature at this point. If I can ever afford to upgrade, editing will be available. For now, I would suggest using the "preview" feature; that's what I do.
Thanks for joining!
Bill

Feb 25, 07 | 12:17 pm
Dennis Weatherly

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Total Posts: 651
Bill, would you consider putting out some information on costs you incur to provide this forum for us? In the past I have participated on "personally funded" forums where this was done, so that folks who felt like contributing to the operating expenses could do so. There's no need to ask for donations. Those who feel compelled to donate can contact you off-line and make a donation.

Feb 25, 07 | 2:18 pm
JLeP

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I was finally able to register into this forum. I have a narrative about my first build that I will try to post when I get to my home computer.
I've already gained many insights from reading thru this forum.
Just wanted to say "Hello" for now.
John



Apr 05, 07 | 12:19 pm
JLeP

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Greetings all!
My name is John. I've been lurking here for a while and thought I should join in. By way of background, I have built over 30 mountain dulcimers. The first was a kit that was soooo bad I decided to scrap the project and moved on to scratch building. I have also built 2 walnut fretless banjos and rebuilt a zither and have a hammered dulcimer on the surgery table now.
A few years back, a close friend rekindled his love affair with the guitar. He now owns 3 Martins. I steered him to the Martin site and showed him the kits. His response was "Cool, one day you're going to build me one!" I am now well into that project. It's a mahogany OOO with sitka spruce soundboard and rosewood peg head.
When the kit arrived, I made one very strong statement: There will be no plastic on the guitar I build. So we replaced the black bindings with Stew-Mac rosewood wbw and the bridge and endpins with ebony.
Since my benefactor is a huge fan of Jimmy Buffett, my first step was to inlay the headstock with a fin of white mother of pearl and small waves of blue/green paua abalone. It's OK for a first effort. When I figure out the digital photo thing, I will post a photo.
The back was joined without the center inlay strip. The mahogany bookmatch is far too nice to break up with the strip. Braces will be installed after I finish the soundboard.
I have almost completed scalloping the soundboard bracing. Just need to hit a few spots with fine sandpaper. The rim is ready to accept the soundboard when I'm satisfied with the braces.
One of the most fun parts, so far has been the bridge plate. How much fun could that be you might ask. Here's the scoop. My benefactor turned me on the music of Peter Mayer, who is the lead guitar for Buffett's Coral Reefer Band. Peter tours with his own group when not out with Buffett and puts on an amazing show. As you may guess, he a very accomplished guitarist. At the autograph session after a recent show, I told Peter the basics of my build and asked him to autograph the bridge plate. He wrote, "Be a bridge to life and love" with his signature. I made some color photocopies to include in the scrapbook I keeping of the built. I showed a copy to my friend, I thought he was going to cry.
Well, that's my story for now,
John

May 03, 07 | 1:03 pm
Bill Cory

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Welcome John! Glad you could join us! Enjoy.

Bill

May 03, 07 | 3:02 pm
Rafael

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Hello, all.
I just found out about this forum yesterday. I subscribe to Acoustic Guitar magazine and I'm on their mailing list too. So they sent me a post with a link to Kit Guitars and there we go.

I subscribe to Flatpick Guitar magazine too.

I buillt a classic guitar about 30 years ago, after reading Irving Sloane's excellent book. It was about all there was at the time.

If I wanted to tool up an build a guitar now, it would no doubt be an OM size.
I'm really disappointed StewMac no longer has the roundneck reso kit.

Rafael

Jul 25, 07 | 4:32 am
Bill Cory

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Welcome Rafael! Glad you could join us!

Bill

Jul 25, 07 | 5:29 am
twodoggarage

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Hello everyone!
I am just about to embark on building my first guitar and I was wondering if there is anyone on this forum who lives in the Los Angeles area who has already built one or whos is in process. I would love to pick your brain and compare notes.

Thanks!

-Alex

Jul 27, 07 | 8:49 am
Bob

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Hi everybody!!

I'm really interested in building a kit guitar. I'm seriously looking at a 000 kit. Most likely the 000 - 28 kit from Blues Creek, since I liked the Eric Clapton Unplugged cd and that happens to be the guitar he used. And partly because I've been looking at something a little smaller to play while I'm sitting on the patio or my favorite chair while watching tv. Now I just need to convince the boss I NEED!!! another guitar. Looking forward to being a part of this forum.

Have a great day everybody

Bob

Jul 27, 07 | 10:39 am
Bill Cory

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Alex and Bob -- welcome to both of you! Enjoy the forum.
Bill

Jul 27, 07 | 11:42 am
Ian Burdon

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Total Posts: 18
Hello

I've just joined the site and this is my second post (first was in the "anyone else in the EU" thread). I'm in Edinburgh, Scotland, and currently waitng for my first guitar kit to appear - Stewmac triple O, rosewood back and sides, bolt on neck.

It's not my first kit instrument, I've previously built oneof Don Kawalek's Octave Mandolin kits - see it here http://tinyurl.com/35ewks

I learned many, many things from that build: firstly (and most importantly) that I can do it; secondly the importance of centrelines; and thirdly that instructions from the USA in fractions of inches are a pain in the butt over here where everything is sold in metric!

I look forward to making your further aquaintance

cheers

Ian


Jul 29, 07 | 2:18 pm
tlsmith

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Hi everyone:
I too am new to this thread, just signed up today. I have been lurking and looking for a few weeks now and thought I ought to just jump in and get my feet wet. i have not built any guitars yet but I plan to probably in the next year (been looking at the StewMac OOO). I have been playing for may years (30 or 35) but still not real good. It is something I get a great deal of pleasure out of though. My main guitar is a Takamine ES360S (so called lawsuit model) which I purchased new in 1981. It still looks like it "came off the showroom" and sounds like a million bucks. My greates dream is one day owning a Martin D-45 but after sitting next to a D-45 and my Tak sounding better i am not so sure. They are pretty though. Anyhoo I look forward to learning from all of the knowledgable people on this thread and maybe one posting a picture of my as built.

Aug 30, 07 | 11:30 am
Bill Cory

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Total Posts: 3584
Hi TL -- Welcome to the forum!

The Stewmac 000 s a great choice. I woke up mega-early this morning (4 a.m.) and played mine for 30 minutes. It was the first one I built, and still a favorite. It can be played lightly and has beautiful tone. Go for it.

Bill

Aug 30, 07 | 3:00 pm
Midnight Shadow

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Hi to All,
I just registered today after finding this forum. I have not built a kit guitar yet. I am hoping to learn a lot about building a kit, get to the point where I know what I want in a kit and buy it for next summer.

I am planning to retire, well at least I am thinking I am going to retire, in June of 2008 and I want my first project to be building a guitar. I am thinking about something like a OOO or an OM. I think I want a cedar top as I don't have one of those. I did have a Taylor with a cedar top and I sold it and now I wish I still had it as I liked the warm sound of the cedar top.

Anyway I am looking forward to learning a lot from this group.

Midnight Shadow
Chuck

Sep 16, 07 | 7:08 pm
markko

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Hello all from the sunny UK.

Just joined the site and finding it all really interesting and helpful reading.
Having a bad case of G.A.S but not really knowing what I would like to 'acquire', I am trying to pluck up the courage to try building from a kit. The 'courage' is needed due to having tried,(and failed pretty badly) some years ago, to build a guitar from scratch. I still have the 'bits' lying around somewhere which is pretty expensive kindling. There weren't any helpful forums around back then.
Anyway, will be ordering 'the book' and take it from there.

By the way, I am here in Scotland, UK in case there are any members on site from this area who can chip in with any issues with importing kits and stuff.
regards to all

Dan



Sep 18, 07 | 3:10 pm
Bill Cory

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Hi Dan -- Welcome! We do have several members from the UK. Go ahead and start a new thread here in the main forum and ask them to get in touch.

It's easier now that it used to be, to build a kit. Good instructions, lots of support here there and everywhere, etc. You won't have another pile of kindling!

Enjoy the ride --

Bill

Sep 18, 07 | 3:35 pm
Simon

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Total Posts: 67
G'day all,

Another new member just joined. I've been playing for over 20 years now and I'm just about to take the plunge and try a kit guitar. I've been wanting a new acoustic for a while now but at the same time wanted to do something special instead of just getting a factory off the rack job (nothing against those, mind!). Then I saw the article in Acoustic Guitar on building a kit guitar and knew I'd found the answer. I then stumbled across Bill's excellent site and here I am!

I'm a bit nervous about starting. All my woodworking jobs since school have been of the house or garden variety (pergolas, stairs, fences, retaining walls, cabinets etc) so I'm looking forward to trying something new.

I've got the Kinkead book, Bill's book is on its way, and our local library has the Cumpiano/Natelson book. so I have some guides to fall back on. At the moment I'm unsure what to start on. I'd love to give one of the Martin cutaway kits a try, but I'm thinking maybe I should start with a "normal" shaped kit. Are the cutaways much harder?

Anyway, looking forward to talking with all you good folk and sharing my experiences as the new guitar takes shape!

Cheers,

Simon

Sep 24, 07 | 4:14 am
Ian Burdon

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Re Dan's post above, UK readers may be interested to know that the Stew-Mac 000 kit I ordered a couple of months ago incurred about £70 in import duty and VAT - for US readers that's effectively an extra $140 added onto the price.

Ian

Sep 24, 07 | 4:19 am
ChuckG

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Total Posts: 28
Simon,
Welcome! I've built both the Stew Mac (first build) and the Martin kits and the instructions included with the Martin would have made my first build much more difficult. In fact, I fell back on the Stew Mac video and booklet while building the Martin kit. Both guitars are great quality and sound wonderful.

Good luck!

Chuck

Sep 24, 07 | 3:58 pm
markko

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Probably the wrong thread to post this but I am still a 'new member'.
Anyway, thanks Bill, book arrived today. 'Cumpiano' et al being put aside while I give your book a good read - looks great!
Kit ordered - SCARY!!!
Now I'm off to have a lie down in a darkened room....

Ian
Thanks for that - I wonder if one ever 'falls below the radar' of the Customs? Probably not so I guess I'll expect a little communication from them in due course.

Thanks everyone.
Dan

Sep 25, 07 | 8:30 am
Bill Cory

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Dan -- Enjoy! Let us share in your kit experience!

Bill

Sep 25, 07 | 8:55 am
BlaineC

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Hello everyone, And thanks for the great site. I have been lurking while I was at work and unable to sign up due to our firewall, but at least I was able to read all the great posts.

I came across the site by pure accident actually. You see my wife recently started learning now to play guitar, so my old stand by acoustic is constantly in use by her and I hardly ever get to play it. She had an old Yamaha beginers guitar package that she was having a hard time with because of its size and also the high action, but my guitar was set up perfectly to her liking (go figure since I set it up for myself). Well I started looking into purchasing a new guitar for myself, but all the models that I would like to own were way out of my price league. There had to be a better way.

Then one day I decided to buy a magazine to help my wife with her playing. It was Acoustic Guitar and it just happened to be the September issue with Bill Cory's article, which was very well written and informative. I knew that I had found my next guitar and I was going to make it! I started doing as much reading and research as possible and that led me here.

Now for a bit of history about myself: I have been playing guitar since the age of 13, so 20 years experience, all self taught. I have never done any wood working, but I have complete faith in my skills and patience. I have a mechanical background of working on aircraft, helicopters and motorcycles. 2 years ago I built my own Custom Motorcycle and in turn taught myself how to do the airbrushing and all paint, plus I also taught myself how to make hand carved leather seats. I have since turned these skills into a small part time cash flow by doing small paint jobs and custom seats for others.

My first kit is on the way. I won a kit off of ebay and it should be here within the next week. It is not coming with any instructions, so expect a lot of questions from me. I plan on sharing my experiences here with all of you through pictures and detailed logs of my progress. Thanks again for this wonderful site!

Blaine

Oct 01, 07 | 10:15 am
AJDocter

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Hello all, glad to have found this site. I have been interested in building a guitar for a long time. Bought a Grizzely kit to put together with my 12 year old son and got a taste of what might be coming down the line. Last week bought Mr. Cory's book and haven't been able to put it down yet. I'm thinking a StewMac might be a good next step for a first "real" kit, along with plenty of advise from this forum. I've also got a 15X10 foot "tool shed" that I believe is destine to be rebuilt and rededicated as "Ye Olde Guitar Shop".

The anticipation to get started is killing me!! (sorry for the drama) (you remember your first build don't you?) LOL

CHEERS!

Oct 05, 07 | 8:04 am
FredB

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Total Posts: 94
Greetings everyone,
Just joined the forum today after searching the books and videos section of the StewMac online catalog and seeing Bill's book and the website references. Have no previous woodworking skills and have been trying to gain some by working on a StewMac Ukelele kit. NAbout to dive into the finishing steps and have enjoyed it, but oh so many mistakes. Reading through the Table of Contents online of Bill's Guide to Kits book, I saw a section on journaling the kit build and thought how valuable a tool that would be for subsequent builds. Hoping to start on a StewMac 000 kit this winter. Very much looking forward to gleening insight from this "community of experience" and fellowship of builders.

Oct 17, 07 | 6:01 pm
JS

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Hi-

I'm not a builder per se, but a fixer--I get my satisfaction from working on instruments. I've been a fulltime repairman, currently cut back because of physical issues. This site is a welcome reprieve from the condescending nastiness of Luthiers' Corner.

Oct 22, 07 | 7:07 am
Guitartist

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Hi Bill, Glad to be here, I'm restoring an Ovation 1612 (1975) and looking for tips. I think I found the place!

Nov 30, 07 | 3:13 pm
dugbug46

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Hello Bill,
I've been looking around here for a couple of months and finally decided to register. I don't build guitars or kits, but try to build ukuleles from scratch. I am getting ready to start my second one. The building process is about the same, as are the jigs, molds, and side benders. Just smaller. Most if not all of the tools are the same. This site has been very informative and has given me several new and good ideas. Thanks to everyone for that.
Doug

Jan 04, 08 | 10:10 am
jwill

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Hi! I'm new to guitar kits but not to guitars. I have a couple Taylors right now. I'm looking forward to playing something I built! James.

Jan 07, 08 | 1:32 pm
Bill Cory

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Hey James -- Glad you're here! Ask anything, answer whenever you want -- we're a friendly bunch.

Bill

Jan 07, 08 | 2:00 pm
northernlake

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Hi folks,

New member here. I just received my copy of Bill's book (signed and all, thanks Bill!) two days ago and have gone through it once now.

My name's Will, I live in the Netherlands. I have developed a bit of an obsession for acoustic guitars since I ended up with my first Martin about a year and a half ago. I've been reading and participating in some forums. Although my playing has improved over the last year and a half or so, I'm still pretty terrible :-)

I do, however want to try and build me a nice rosewood dread. I own two mahogany Martins (one of which is for sale) and also a maple Guild 12 string Jumbo.

So, as a nice addition to the stable I'm thinking of getting a HD28 kit, and I'm actually tempted to get an Alpine Spruce top for it, but I'm not so sure if this would be the right choice for a first-built-without-any-prior-experience...

Advice welcome :-)

I expect I'll be in research mode for a few more weeks at least. I have very little space at home, and I need to find some more tools on the used market before I can proceed. I also want to buy the Stewmac Router base for my Dremel, so I have to free up some cash over the coming time.

In the mean time, I will feed myself on your experiences!
Thanks,
Will

Jan 09, 08 | 10:45 am
Bill Cory

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Welcome, Will! We have another member in the Netherlands -- Herman -- you can find him by searching for his name in the front page search box.

Glad you've joined us!

Bill

Jan 09, 08 | 1:38 pm
bobdcat

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Hi Bill, another UMGF-head here. I'm about to take the Woodcraft guitar building class so I thought I'd start snooping around here. Nice forum. Thanks for letting me in.

Jan 16, 08 | 11:54 am
Bill Cory

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Hello Bob -- Welcome! -- Where are you located? (city)

Jan 16, 08 | 2:15 pm
uncleslappy

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Hello all. I'm a new member, and still in the research phase of this new experience. I've only been playing for a few years, but have rolled through quite a few guitars trying to find what feels and sounds "right". I've finally discovered that a 000 body fits me way better than any dread I've had, so my goal has become to build a 000 guitar. I am so glad I stumbled onto this treasure trove of info, and look forward to learning alot before I take the plunge.

I live in SE Pennsylvania, about 50 miles from the Martin factory. I'm planning a trip there with the family very soon. I have a 14 year old bassist, and a 13 year old violinist in the pack, my 2 sons. I'm hoping to share the building experience with them.

Thanks again, looking forward to getting an education here.
Chad R.

Feb 02, 08 | 1:44 am
Ed

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Hello all, I've been lurking here for a couple of months and decided I should register. I currently live in Northern Virginia.

I've been playing guitar for about 20 years and 2 years ago I commisioned a guitar from a local luthier. Over the year while it was being built the luthier and I became friends, to cut to the chase last summer I worked with him to learn about guitar repair. I got bit by the building bug and last fall built my first instrument, the StewMac Campfire mandolin. I'm now working on an LMI serviced parlor guitar kit.

I've been able to pick up a lot of good information from this forum and Bill's book. Great forum Bill.
Thanks,
Ed

Feb 02, 08 | 3:45 pm
LenL

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Chad,

Welcome and I have a few suggestions, having just joined the forum two weeks ago.

If you don't already have Bill Cory's book, go to his website and order it directly from him, and buy the spiral binding. You can also purchase other books through the Kit Guitar Builder links, and it helps support the costs of running this forum.

I've started a Martin OM kit (actually the same size as 000) and am loving the experience so far, and am a month ahead of where I expected to be in building. I joined the back last night, using a combination of techniques gleaned from the forum and a few books, and it came out very well. The unjoined back appears to be the only aspect Martin has decided not to supply finished. It appears to me that the neck, fretboard and braces are more finished than other kits, saving some work.

I've made the pilgrimage to Nazareth (PA) twice with my 12 year old son, and we love the experience. The Martin tour is excellent and fun, and they also have two areas where you can play Martin guitars. The higher priced instruments (up to $10,000 limited editions) are available in a separate adjacent area and they don't mind people trying them out. My son and I are going again in two weeks during his winter school break. I'm sure your sons will also enjoy the Martin tour.

As you can guess, I feel you can do a Martin for your first kit guitar. Although their booklet in minimal in comparison to the information provided, you can find enough elsewhere, and Bill Cory is working on his own manual on building a Martin kit that he plans to publish by the end of this month.

Unless you have been a serious woodworker and have lots of tools already, you'll spend a good amount of money on general woodworking tools and many specialized luthier tools. I figure I could be spending at least $800 extra on tools and supplies. My goal is to recoup the cost somewhat by building a second OM for myself (this first one is for my son) and spend the bucks on abalone to create a near OM 45.

Len

Feb 03, 08 | 12:32 pm
Juniper

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Hi!
I'm Timo from Finland Ive been reading this great site for a while.
I just got my SM ooo finished and it plays just awseome!

Feb 21, 08 | 5:30 am
DustyC

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Hey All: I'm new and this is one super site! In getting ready to try building a guitar, I bought a "kit" on eBay that turned out to be almost already built.

This was to be my second guitar building attempt. The first was over forty years ago, built from material from a local lumberyard. It looked pretty good, at least fair, but didn't sound as good as it looked. That one was built by following Sloane's book.

As far as the new kit goes, I figured what the heck, I'll at least get some practice finishing it before attempting a more expensive Martin type kit (or one from scratch).

Meanwhile I am locating tools, reading everything I can find on guitar construction, and trying to figure out where I will work; the garage is looking pretty favorable although its not big enough for guitars and a car.

In looking at the guitar kit, however, it is laid out so that when the neck is attached to the body the fretboard will join the body at the 15th fret. My first problem already!

Everything I have read indicates they should join at the 14th, or maybe the 12th fret. Am I thinking correctly on this?

If so, I believe I can cut the heel down and create a sort of mortise and tenon joint, inset it the distance between the 14th and 15th frets, and then attach by bolting it on as per Cumpiano's website.

Any thoughts or advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot,

Dusty

Mar 06, 08 | 2:33 pm
Bill Cory

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Dusty -- Welcome! -- You start a new thread with this one!

Mar 06, 08 | 2:49 pm
Jim_H

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Hi Bill and All,

I didn't see this thread before I posted my 'Introduction' in the 'Everything Else' forum, so I'll just say quick hello and express my gratitude for everyone who contributes here. Even the older posts contain a wealth of knowledge that will be useful to a beginner such as myself.

Thanks for everything.

Jim

Mar 14, 08 | 5:38 pm
henning

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Hello everybody,

another newbie from europe (Germany) here. I received a great OM kit from LMI and am about ready to venture into guitar building. And this forum has already answered some questions during the planning stage, so I guess it will become much more essential to me during the building process.

Mr. Cory, I really appreciate the effort you put into this forum and your kit reviews and articles. They are unique and made it a lot easier for me to start this project, thank you!

Mar 23, 08 | 4:12 am
Bill Cory

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Henning -- Welcome to the forum! and -- thanks for the kind words -- I have gotten great pleasure from helping others get started.

Bill

Mar 23, 08 | 4:50 am
Dave Bradley

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Hi,

I've been thinking about building a guitar for many years now, and by pure chance decided to find some info. So through google, ended up collecting some reference data, and landed up here..... heck, you folk are talented!

Anyway, ordered Bill's book off Amazon, trying to figure out if I am going to do a StewMac vs LMI dread....

I'm pretty handy when it comes to making things, I make high quality folder pocket knives, fly rods (just hobbies),....this is just another hobby which I'm sure my wife is going to really hate....

I live in Cape Town, and perhaps I'm the first member from South Africa!

Regards
Dave



Mar 23, 08 | 10:35 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Hi Bradley,
I am into my first kit now. I chose a LMI dreadnaught because I wanted to choose some "special" wood, bindings, rosette, etc. I am very pleased with the quality of materials I received, and what instructions are lacking with the kit, you can subsidise with information from Bill's book, his other building documentation, and even LMI has building helps.
I am also a knife maker, for about 18 years now. I've made some folders, but concentrate on fixed blade...hunters mostly. I like to make a knife that somebody is going to use. I have a few pictures here on the form in the trading post if you are interesting.
If you want to put a guitar together that is not like the other kits, then go with LMI.
Have fun choosing and let us know what you decide.

Kevin

Mar 23, 08 | 5:10 pm
killin5

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Hi. I just joined the forum last week, but have been lurking for a couple of months. A few years ago I built a scratch Koa Tenor Uke. It turned out pretty good and I learned a bunch. My next step is going to be 000 using the Stew-Mac plans. I think I am going to order a “mostly” un-serviced kit from LMI. I am working on tooling up for the project before I make the plunge and purchase the kit. Right now I am building my exterior mold which will be followed by a Fox Style side bending machine. I like this forum because there seams to be a large span of experience and truly no question is a stupid question. Or if it is, it will still get an answer.

Thanks for being here,

John Killin

Apr 04, 08 | 11:54 am
akuleana

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Wish I had found this site earlier, its awesome. So far I've built a tenor ukulele then got sidetracked buying carpentry equipment and jigs so I could build instruments in my own shop. Gotta get back in to it.

Apr 10, 08 | 10:26 pm
YerDugliness

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Hello to all y'all from the great state of Texas!

I've recently retired from a 32 year career in public education. As a retirement gift to myself, I ordered a custom shop Breedlove 000 slot-headed 12 fretter. It's due to be delivered in a few weeks. GAS hit and I also bought a Darren Hippner concert grade classical guitar. Then it was a 2005 Takamine Limited Edition. All these purchases were within the past 5 months and helped my guitar collection swell to 15.

However, I've been a woodworker since my freshman year in high school, and it's been a lifelong passion. I've been interested in lutherie for about 5 years now, been doing lots of research on the internet, even investigated various lutherie schools. The only kits of which I was aware were the StewMac kits and the Martin kits, but other forum friends said they had seen parlor guitar kits and other size kits, so a Google search for guitar kit discussion boards led me here.

I've decided to fill my retirement years building guitars and sports/kit cars--my SO is an artist and we would like to spend time in the midwest, most likely the Rocky Mountains, following the music festival/craft booth circuit. Will I sell my guits???? Who knows, I don't really care, I have always just had this passion for music, guitars and woodworking and lutherie seems like a good way to combine them all. Kits are a good place to start, but I'm certain that soon enough I'll be doing scratch builts.

Hoping to become a contributor on this forum, glad to be here........

For now, it's onward through the fog for this ol'....

Dugly

May 23, 08 | 11:29 am
dadmatt

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Mr.Cory Just got your book. now I 'll sleep even less! I am not a player but have a love of wood. A couple of questions if time avails. 1)Should I start playing a Dulcimer? 2)Stewmac has kit. 3) Is it better to stay with the kit or change the or bottom to cedar or spruce that is offered in awesom Stewmac catalog?

Jun 18, 08 | 4:03 pm
Bill Cory

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Hi Matt --Welcome to the forum!

I'm afraid I can't presume to answer your questions. I'm a guitar guy with no interest in dulcimers. I've never even touched one!

If you want to build the dulcimer, Stewmac's kit is probably pretty easy to build, as are their guitar kits.

Bill

Jun 19, 08 | 5:00 am
Ken Hundley

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Welcome guys, glad you found the place. Bill has truly put together an amazing, not so little community anymore! Dadmatt, play something. Part of the joy, a lot of the joy, is int he building, no doubt. but PLAYING what you built is heaven, and you need to know just a little of that to understand why some of what we do is right or wrong. Start with a dulcomet, actually been playing with the idea of building one or more..., but get a guitar, play with the setup, and learn how to play it! Have fun!

Dugly, yer on the right track! Some people here don't sell what they build, but they will donate them to the hor to local school music programs.....good tax writeoff, especially if you can get it appraised first. But looking forward to what you guys come up with!

Aug 20, 08 | 12:17 am
Rick

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Hi Folks,

First post here and new member. I found this site from Bill's primary page on Kit Guitars. (Bill you are right about the firewall and login problems. Your instructions worked great.) Fortunatley he lives a few miles from me so he will be bringing by a couple of his books for me and an extra or two for gifts.

I've been playing for less than six months and sound much worse than that. I received a used Martin sitka/rosewood jumbo for my 50th birthday. Since then I have noticed that the other guitars I find of interest are $3,000+. Bill's site and info are just the right thing at just the right time.

I got lots of questions but I'll search before asking.

Rick

Oct 23, 08 | 8:03 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Hey Rick,
Welcome to the forum. I still consider myself a newbee around here, but I did just finish my first kit, and the help I received here from Bill and the others is invaluable. You will enjoy the help, and the banter. It is alot of fun building a guitar and being able to share the successes.........and the failures with the gang here on the forum. As you ponder what you want to build and look at all the options, just keep one thing in mind.....YOU CAN DO IT!
There is plenty of help and knowledge to support you along the way. Take a look at the "Show it Off" section and see what has been created. These guitars will blow you away. Mine turned out better than I thought I could make it, and the sound....astounds me.
Have fun, and good luck. Bill will give you the forum "motto" I'm sure.

Kevin

Oct 23, 08 | 11:21 am
Rick

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Kevin thanks for the enouragement. I saw your work in the "Show It Off" thread. Very nice and an adventerous choice if wood. It looks very nice!

I am also thinking of an LMI for my first kit. Stew Mac seems expensive and I'm not too excited about a glue on neck to start with so Martin is maybe for later. I am open to suggestion though. No matter the choice I will have Bill's book there to guide me along.

Thanks for the welcome.

Rick

Oct 23, 08 | 1:21 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Rick,
I believe some of Martin's kits have bolt on necks, you might want to take another look there. I think the LMI Kit Wizard is a kick, and it allows you to customize your guitar so it is not "standard" as with the Stewmac and Martin kits. Many types of B & S wood, bindings, purflings, choices for fretboards and bridge woods, tuner choices, etc....and they give you a pretty good discount when purchasing the kit Give it a try and see what you can come up with. It is fun, and you can alter it enough to affect the cost too if that is a concern. Bill's book is great, and you can get Robbie O'briens DVD with the LMI kit. Stewmac has a very good manual that they include with their kit and you can download it from the website without purchasing a kit for free. It is good reading too.

Take your time and make an educated decision.

Kevin

Oct 23, 08 | 5:13 pm
TimC

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New here. Wonderful site Bill!

I'm one of those guys that just can't leave well enough alone, and I have a feeling I'm in good company here.

I need to build my own fishing rods, spearguns, and I've been wanting to build an acoustic for quite a while now. Very interested in putting together a deep body 000 or mini jumbo. I'd appreciate any advice as to a good jumping off point in regards to kits.

Much Thanks.

Nov 25, 08 | 1:33 pm
RavenT

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Hi Bill I have been a member for a little while now and find that your forum is welcoming to every one that joins. Great job your doing on the site. I hope that Ill be about to pick up a few thinks here with other members and exchange some ideas. I am from Canada and we dont have many tools available for luthier. Having spent over a year looking into how to make some of the tools needed for guitar building I have came up with some planes on making them. So I would like to shear with the group some of my ideas. One of the things that I would like to mention is in making your home made tools try buying the better part to make them. For an example if your making a neck jig also use it as a canvas to display your talents for inlay work your. Be as creative as you can be if your clients get to see your shop. If you can really impress your client with youre tools then youll make a lasting impression on your guitar building skills.

RT

Dec 01, 08 | 10:55 pm
Bill Cory

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Hey RT -- Welcome to the forum!

Those are very good points. I had never thought of that at all.

Bill

Dec 02, 08 | 5:21 am
Ken Hundley

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Hey Raven, welcome, looking forward to seeing what you come up with. Sometimes, the best tools in your shop are the ones you make yourself!

Dec 02, 08 | 5:46 am
Bill Cory

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Hi Jim -- Welcome! --

Most of the guys here are more into building acoustics than electrics, but there are a few.

Could you re-post this as a new topic rather than in this thread? You'd get more replies that way ...

Glad you've joined us!

Bill Cory


Feb 13, 09 | 3:06 pm
Jim Hamm

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Hello All,
I signed up for this forum after buying Bill's two books on Ebay. I've been having to work a lot of overtime this year (although I'm a teacher, so its called "overload," and that's an apt description), and I decided since it was coming out of my enjoyment of life, I would use the extra money to buy a guitar. I have just about settled on a Martin HD 28, but today I revisited the Martin website, and the StewMac site, and not I'm thinking... should I build a kit (or two) instead. Ah decisions, decisions. Or why not do both?

I'm very impressed by the web sit, Bill. I plan to build a kit whether it's this year, next year, or somewhere down the line.
Jim (the ML stands for the town I live in, Moses Lake)

Mar 04, 09 | 8:12 pm
Ken Hundley

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Build the guitar build the gutiar build the guitar.....if you do it right, it will be even better than the Martin......

Mar 05, 09 | 1:08 pm
Bill Cory

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Jim -- ditto! Build the guitar. Either the Martin kit or the Stewmac kit would give you a ton of enjoyable building time and a guitar you'll be proud of.

Thanks for joining us!

Bill

Mar 06, 09 | 5:29 am
TTaylor

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Hi, Names Tom looking forward to putting together my first kit- I sprayed my Washburn 0018 down with Bhenlen Lacquer yesterday -turned out great and can't wait to get it buffed down and back together. Any recommendation on type kit I should start on? I'm a woodworker by trade. Thanks, Tom

Mar 26, 09 | 5:42 pm
Bill Cory

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Hi Tom -- Welcome!

Being a woodworker, you can probably start on any kit and build it well.

My usual recommendation, if you aren't experienced at buildng guitars, per se, is to select a kit that has good printed buiding instructions.

That would put you into a Stewart-macDonald kit (www.stewmac.com)
or
a Martin-type kit from Martin ( www.martinguitar.com/1833 , or www.BluesCreekGuitars.com) with a manual from (shameless self-promo) www.kitguitarmanuals.com .

Bill Cory

Mar 27, 09 | 7:00 am
Ken Russell

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Hello everyone. I'm new to this forum and guitar building. A friend of mine bought me a 1996 Martin Special Editon 000 for my birthday so we visited the Martin factory and I ended up buying a 000 kit. It's been a little overwhelming so far as far as what tools, jigs, finish, etc. So, I'll end up with either a nice, (I hope), guitar or some very expensive kindling for the fireplace. I've done some woodworking so hopefully that will help. I also bought Bill's book on Martin type kits. I need all the help I can get. I'm sure I'll be on here with more questions. This website is just full of good information. Nice job Bill.

May 17, 09 | 9:09 am
Mike R.

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Bill,
I have been online for a few weeks, and just noticed this blog for new members. I am not a kit builder, but I like this site. Lots of good info and good advice. I have been building furniture for about 30 years, and decided I am going to switch to guitars. I love to play them, so why not?
I have a very well equiped shop, because I have been buying equipment for a long time. Most of my tools were bought used. I just purchased a Performax sander (16-32) almost new, for $650. I am buying a new bending machine from John Hall. I hope to get equiped by the time the weather cools down and I will start building. Right now I am doing pearl inlay for three guitars.
I have been researching and reading all I can about building guitars for several years. In April, I spent two weeks with Dave Nichols. That was an amazing expierence. Dave is a master luthier. And the rest of his flock is just as amazing. Lee, Tracy and Kief are the best there is. We built my guitar in four days. And it is one of my best guitars. Plays and sounds like a million bucks. Nadine told me about ASIA and I joined right away.
You have a great thing going here. I hope it continues for many years. There are a lot of people building guitars because of you guys. I think it is wonderful. Luthiery is no longer a secret, thanks to people like Dave, and you, and John Hall and Ken C., and many others. I think it is great that everyone is sharing all the secrets that used to be a mystery.

Jun 16, 09 | 5:10 pm
Mike R.

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Jimbo,
I read your comments, and I was wondering if you have seen the stuff Warmoth Guitars has? If you are into electrics, they have quite a selection. Although, they are a little pricey. I bought a couple necks from them years , but I see those prices have gone up to. I have made several bodies byself. I make a template first and then cut out the body. I do all the shapping with rasps and sanders. The bodies are fairly easy to construct. I see that you have a lot of expierence with the electronics and hardware. There are many websites for that stuff. I have a few templates leftover if you are interested in using them I could mail them to you. I have a couple of Strat style and at least one Tele style. Never did a Les Paul. But if you get some quarter inch plexiglass you can make your own template and all you need is a good router table to cut them out.
You probably won't find much on this blog about electrics, but I thought I would throw this out for you. You can email me if you like and I can pass on whatever I can to you. I don't have any plans on making any more electrics. I also have some templates for pickups and tailpieces, etc. If you want them you can have them. I'll be glad to ship them to you. Otherwise I would probably throw them away at some point.

Jun 16, 09 | 5:26 pm
Ken Hundley

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If he's not, I might be. I have never been quite happy with the templates I have come up with.

www.nocturnalguitars.com

Jun 17, 09 | 5:15 pm
Mike R.

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Ken,
Judging from whats on your website, it appears you already have things under control. Great looking guitars. I don't play electrics, so I always had a hard time getting excited about making them. I helped a friend make them for himself. I made two for me, but still don't play them. Making the bodies can be exciting, when you are routing out the main body with a 1 1/2" bearing bit and cutting hard maple. I've seen a few disasters when someone didn't understand about end grain. I have a box of templates that I made over the years, and thought Jimbo might me interested. Sounds like he is new and could use some help. Let's see if he comes back and comments.

Jun 17, 09 | 6:06 pm
Ken Hundley

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No problem, take your time. If nothing happens, contact me off forum.

Jun 17, 09 | 10:21 pm
lobo

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I'm embarking on my maiden voyage of luthiery. I just ordered my serviced flamenco guitar kit, and was wondering how necessary it is to use a mold.

Jul 14, 09 | 8:19 am
Bill Cory

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Lobo -- this could have asked in a new thread, since people don't look here all that often -- but let me WELCOME you as a new member.

About the mold -- A mold is used because it keeps everything aligned correctly. It is absolutely necessary for the guitar to be built accurately.

Bill

Jul 14, 09 | 8:53 am
milton

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G'day Bill and everybody else here. I bought your books about 6 months ago Bill and have absouletly devoured them since. Ive still to bite the bullet and buy a kit though I am getting close. I just have to convince "Her indoors" that all the other jobs are done around the house.
I have lurked around here for 12 months or so now and can almost taste the wood.
My biggest problem I think will be imperial/metric conversion. Is there any one else in Oz who has found a decent conversion chart to allow for the accuracey required or is it just a case of educating myself in the good old imperial system?

Aug 05, 09 | 2:40 am
Bill Cory

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Hello Milton -- Welcome! One way to work around the conversion would be to get yourself a digital caliper: Most of them have a button that switches from imperial to metric instantly. You'll want to have the tool anyway ...

Glad you're here!
Bill

Aug 05, 09 | 5:19 am
Mike R.

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Bill Cory,
I just finished one of your books. I don't think you missed anything. I haven't read the one about building Martin Kits yet. I am not a kit builder, but your book is great. If nothing else, it lays out the whole process in the order that everything is done. It is a great guide for all builders, kit or scratch. The journal is especially nice. I made up four blank journals for the next four that I plan to build. It is a great idea to keep records. Thanks for a great reference book on building guitars. I can't imagine anyone trying to build a kit guitar without your books. They can eliminate a lot of errors with the purchase of your books. I think I am going to read it again. All you kit builders out there, get Bill Cory's books on kit building. Lots of pictures and great instructions on every single step involved in the process of building a kit guitar. Scratch builders, you can also learn a lot from Bill's book.

Aug 11, 09 | 6:51 pm
Bill Cory

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Thanks Mike! (I'll send that check soon!)







... just kidding :-)

Bill

Aug 12, 09 | 10:42 am
Mike R.

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Bill,
The check would be nice, but no thanks. I am truely impressed with your book and felt I needed to pass that on. You put a tremendous amount of work into it, and I hope it pays off for you. I have read many, many blogs that were very favorable toward your book. That is one reason I bought it.

Aug 12, 09 | 11:30 am
mikeinleeds

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Hi guys
Just joined the forum. Looks great. I've been playing guitar for about 25 years, but I decided that a present for my 40th next years wouls be a new guitar. Then the defective gene kicked in and I thought that it would be great to build my own. I like the Martin 000 kit, and will probably go with this. The completed guitars here look amazing (hopefully you are all as pleased with the sound!) Anyway I have loads of question before I start building, so will prob. be here ofter

Aug 24, 09 | 9:43 pm
Gary Palmer of Palmer's Stringed Instruments

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Hi,

I'm Gary. I apprenticed as a luthier back in the 70's and have been crafting instruments for the past 38yrs until recently retiring from the business. I still craft instruments on a recreational basis, but my son recently began his apprenticeship within the family luthiery business. I think this site has a great deal to offer DIY kit builders.

Oct 05, 09 | 9:10 am
FredB

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Welcome Gary and I'm sure you will have a great deal to offer to us.

Oct 06, 09 | 5:33 am
Gary Palmer of Palmer's Stringed Instruments

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Hi Fred,

Thank you for your kind welcome.

Oct 06, 09 | 8:18 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Welcome to the forum Gary. We have lots to learn, and lots to share here.
Glad you wanted to join us.

Kevin

Oct 06, 09 | 11:10 am
Gary Palmer of Palmer's Stringed Instruments

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Many thanks Kevin and I'm very pleased to be here. We never stop learning, as there's always something new on the horizon and regardless of whether it's a design or simply an idea it always helps to share with like minded people and fellow enthusiasts.

You've carried out some very tidy and nicely presented work, while your photography skills certainly make my own camera abilities pale in comparison. I can barely use a computer, nevermind a camera. :-)

Oct 06, 09 | 10:28 pm
Ken Hundley

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Welcome, Gary! Always nice to have another expert around!

Oct 07, 09 | 7:52 am
vincelegg

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Hi Im Vince from the uk. Ive just read Bills brilliant book twice, joined this forum, and intending to build a couple of kits om cutaway when I can find someone who makes them with full instructions, and a jumbo so i can be heard above all those violins and banjos at a local jam night.

Then I intend experimenting a bit with some giant mandolas and acoustic 10 string guitars and acoustic sitar type stuff of my own invention

Look forward to touching base with anyone especially in the uk that has actually finished an imported kit or can source them over here?

Dec 03, 09 | 3:19 am
keith

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Hi all!
I've been coming here for the last few months, and have found this forum to be a great help in regards to most of kit questions. I've not bought one yet, but am going to set up shop here in Indiana.

41 yrs old, started playing music at age 5, guitar since 13. Did the band thing with 4 or 5 groups local, jams, parties, etc.

Navy veteran (Gulf War era). Disabled from auto wreck ithen preston 1995 which left me disabled with brain damage and a few physical problems. Last year my brain miracously healed to a great extent. Couldn't play for 13 (!!!) years, then WHAMMO! Got it all back. Too many meds still to think about formal job, soo.....

Going to Sergei DeJonge's school this fall. Setting up shop in garage of new home now. Will be building first kit starting in April. Very dedicated to becoming a luthier as I now have productive time and a wife who makes a crapload of money!! LOL!
VERY GLAD TO BE HERE WITH YOU FINE FOLKS!!

Dec 09, 09 | 1:33 pm
Bill Cory

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Welcome Keith! Enjoy!

Bill Cory

Dec 09, 09 | 1:38 pm
Ken Hundley

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Welcome Keith and Vince! Looking forward to seeing what you do!

Dec 09, 09 | 5:28 pm
naccoachbob

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I'd like to introduce myself. I work for the State of Texas, helping to keep the computers and network running for the Dept. of Family and Protective Services. And able to retire within the next 3 years, providing the wife buys into that.
I served in the Navy for a long time, and have had several different, varied jobs over the years.
I've done woodworking in the past, and still enjoy doing it from time to time. My guitar playing is done at home only. Trying to improve. My first kit will be coming soon, a StewMac dreadnought.
Married, 2 children in college, gulp. I've coached soccer for the past 16 years, coaching recreational and select soccer, as well as spending 2 years coaching women's soccer at the local university.
Gave that up to go back to playing golf and having some "me" time now that the kids are gone to school.
Hope to share pictures and experiences as I get deeper into kit work.
If anyone is near Nacogdoches, Tx., look me up or email, maybe we can compare notes, play instruments or golf together, or even just visit.

Dec 11, 09 | 8:45 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Hi Bob?
Welcome to the forum. It is a great place to hang out while you are building. If you have time to go back and look up threads that interest you I think you will enjoy reading the "exploits" and seeing the pictures. You can get alot of information from just doing that.
Do not be afraid to ask questions and share your experiences with us as you build that kit. You will see that it helps you along and we all love to sort of "build it" along with you. Pictures are very welcome. Most of us here are just beginners like you are!
Bill Cory is a great guy who started and maintains this forum and he has much experience to share having built about 14 kit guitars himself. You don't do that without learning something....right Bill?
So we are glad you are here, and hope I got your name right.
Enjoy the journey!

Kevin

Dec 12, 09 | 5:04 am
Kevin Sjostrand

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Welcome Vince.....Welcome Keith.
Thanks for joinin us! Ditto to you both what I said to Bob!
Have fun!

Kevin

Dec 12, 09 | 5:06 am
Mike R.

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Keith,
I think you are making an excellent choice with Kits. Starting out in this craft can be very expensive, as far as accquiring the tools. With kit's, you don't need as many tools. Then, if you so desire, you can build from scratch. The Kit's I have seen are very high quality that will yield a high quality instrument. There are lot's of sources for the Kit's, right here on this forum. KMG, Bluescreek, LMI, Stewmac, and so on. You can search and look at past reviews, etc. about the different kits available. And the knowledge available right here is astounding.
As far as your plans on attending DeJonge's School, very impressive. I am sure you will learn a lot from that. There are lot's of testimonials on this forum, of people that have built beautiful guitars, with little or no expierence. It can be done. Just go slow, and don't be afraid to ask for help. Mistakes can be corrected, but they can also be prevented. Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your school expierence. I did the same thing myself, and learned a mountain of knowledge. And I had thirty years of woodworking behind me. There are many, many variations and tricks in Lutherie, and you can learn them from the folks right here on this forum.
Mike R.

Dec 12, 09 | 6:55 am
cotten

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Hi Folks,

I'm John Cotten, and I signed up a few days ago to thank Bill for the gorgeous new "2010 Guitars of the Kit Guitar Forum" calendar! I have to admit three things right off the bat.

1. I'm not a kit guitar builder, or any other kind of guitar builder for that matter. My building is pretty much limited to a stack of pancakes or a peanut butter sandwich. While I might enjoy tackling a kit guitar project, my job is one of those where I have precious little "off" time, and what little there is is hardly ever on a schedule. I don't see myself giving building a guitar kit a try until I retire, and since I don't ever see myself retiring...

2. I had NO idea of the quality materials and fine craftsmanship you guys put into your kit guitars! You guys take this seriously!! Bill had told me, of course, but I thought, "Hey, he's too nice a guy to say that the kit guitars people build are anything less than spectacular, and of course he would never let on that disasters could happen..." Well, I was partly right: Bill IS a nice guy, but he wasn't pulling my leg about some of the instruments that begin their lives as kits.

3. I spend almost all my available online time over on another guitar forum, so I may not show up here very often. Please don't take my occasional appearances here as an insult. I can readily see that you have a great community here. I just as readily see that I would need a lot of hand holding just to begin to think about the possibility of one day scheduling a few moments to consider the possibility of my beginning to at least learn the vocabulary involved in building guitars. I CAN imagine the pride that would come from playing a beautiful, great sounding instrument that I built myself, however, so I may just poke around here more often than I now suspect.

OK, that's more than enough rambling. Summary: Thanks, Bill, for the great calendar. Man, have I got lots to learn!

cotten

Dec 19, 09 | 5:49 pm
ohr61

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Hello everyone!

My name is Orison Rollins, and I am about as green to guitar building as one can get. Guitar building (lutherie), has intrigued me for quite some time, and in the last year, I was very ill. I decided over a 12 week recoup period, that I was going to venture into the water and build a nice "D" bluegrass guitar. I'm in the process of pooling tools, and then trying to decide on which company and kit I'll purchase. Right now, it's a dead heat between Blues Creek and Stew-Mac.

Stew Mac has everything you could need for kit building, as you all know. John, from Blues Creek is a good guy, and comes highly regarded. He has a nice Koa kit that I am seriously eye-balling. Anyway, I hope I can learn something here, as well as meet a few new friends...

Jan 19, 10 | 3:07 pm
Bill Cory

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Hello Orison -- Welcome! There is a lot of information comparing kits on the sister site to this one.
Go to www.KitGuitarBuilder.com and you'll find comparisons of kits from Stewmac, Martin (just like Blues Creek), LMII, etc.

Welcome to the forum!

Bill Cory
Forum Founder

www.kitguitarbuilder.com
www.kitguitarmanuals.com
www.kitguitarforum.com

Jan 19, 10 | 3:54 pm
Ken Hundley

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Welcome, guys, I think you'll love the journey, and we're here to help!

Jan 19, 10 | 5:57 pm
Jeff A

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After finishing Allen St. John's book on Clapton's guitar and turning 40 I have decided it is time for a new adventure. Have been enjoying the e-Book version Compete Guide to Building Kit Acoustic Guitars by Bill Cory (hence my trolling of this site)...

Decided that I would build the Stew Mac 000 for a first kit. Will be ordering tomorrow. I plan to build this kit with my Dad...so fun way to hang out with Dad (and leverage his tools and woodworking skills). I think this kit will be my "holy grail" - first kit and sentimental value of guitar built with Dad. I plan to lean on everyone's experience here. I am looking to try to follow directions pretty closely (hoping that will keep the outcome solid).

Thanks for such a wonderful book and site Bill!
Jeff Anderson
Irvine, California

Mar 08, 10 | 6:47 pm
Bill Cory

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My Pleasure, Jeff. You're welcome, and and Welcome to the forum!

We look forward to seeing your guitar take shape!

Bill

Mar 09, 10 | 9:12 am
JJ Donohue

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Hello all...My name is JJ Donohue. I live in Winona Lake, Indiana which is between South Bend (Go Irish) and Fort Wayne.

I heard about this forum through Bob Cefalu and John Hall and would be honored to become part of the Kit Building family. Both Bob and John have been like brothers to me since I met them 8 years ago.

A little bit about myself...I started building guitars in 2002 after meeting John Hall on the Martin Guitar forum. He supplied me with my first kit and convinced me that I could build a guitar. He was right...but it was only because of his generous time and advice that I was able to successfully complete it over a year later. After that success, I was hooked and that's when I began scratch builds as well as electrics and lately mandolins. Bob Cefalu became close friends and I try to meet with him and his family in Buffalo at least twice a year. He has helped me tremendously in addition to tempting me with all kinds of beautiful tonewoods.

My first 10 guitars were gifted to family and friends and intended to be the mules that if they survived for 5 years, would provide the rationale and justification for me to offer them for sale. Well, they're still pleasing their owners so I decided a year ago to offer them commercially...thus Donohue Guitars was born.

I've actively participated on a number of fora over the years and owe any skill or expertise mainly to not only John and The Zootman, but also to Mario Proulx and scores of others too numerous to mention. I'll never be able to reciprocate adequately so my instructions from all 3 were to give forward. And so my participation on this forum will hopefully be to teach at least as much as I learn and give as much as I receive. I know I will learn something new every day from the good members here and look forward to meeting new builders.

So if anyone has any questions of me or thinks that I can help in any way, please ask. There are no questions that anyone should ever feel are too basic or too dumb to ask. In the long run, it's always a mistake to not ask. Many of us use materials and techniques that we have grown up with and have become comfortable. Sometimes getting out of that comfort zone is a good thing to help expand our horizons. The important thing to remember, however is that there is often more than one way that is acceptable and it's not a bad idea to try other correct methods for yourself.

So that's just a little bit about me...you can find out more from my website at www.DonohueGuitars.com Thanks for listening!


May 13, 10 | 8:04 am
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Welcome on board JJ and have fun
JohnHall

May 13, 10 | 12:55 pm
Ken Hundley

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Welcome, JJ, and looking forward to learning right along with you.

May 13, 10 | 2:22 pm
~frank

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Hi there! This is a test message to prove to myself that I got logged in successfully. I'm also interested in determining what trratment this forum software gives to "User Name" and "Screen Name". =:)

My name is Frank Albe. I'm a retired software developer. I've been building partscasters and doing miscellaneous repair & rescue projects on basket case solidbody electrics for several years. I've finally decided I'm ready to start building acoustics. It took about 20 seconds to decide a kit was the best way to start. I spent a few days lurking around here before registering. Looks like a nice place to hang out.

~frank


May 14, 10 | 5:25 am
RayRay

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Is that YOU Frank? If so , glad to see you over here..if not...welcome anyway.
This IS a great place, with a great bunch of people who are willing to get you kicked started...(Pun intended) :) Naaawww, not really!
No stupid questions here either, if there were..I'd be long gone! Have fun!

Ray

May 14, 10 | 6:05 am
naccoachbob

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Welcome JJ and Frank, I'm sure I'll have lotsa questions as I'm about to start my 2nd acoustic build with a kit from KMG and my 1st electric build with a kit from Blues Creek Guitars. And it's a really nice place to hang out. Haven't met an unfriendly person here yet, and I ain't Will Rogers, lol.
Bob

May 14, 10 | 2:44 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Welcome Frank
We are getting ready for some new upgrades in a few weeks. Hope you like what you see

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center

May 14, 10 | 4:26 pm
~frank

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> RayRay Yep! Guilty as charged. =:)

Thanks for the welcome, guys. I'll be lurking and exploring for a bit to get a feel for the place. I think I'm going to like it.

~frank

May 14, 10 | 7:05 pm
Bob Cefalu

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Hi Folks
I guess it's time to introduce myself. My name is Robert Cefalu Sr also known as the "Zootman" on some forums. I along with my 2 sons Peter & Robert Jr own RC Tonewoods & Sons. I have been involved in some form of woodworking for over 50 years. From home improvement to cabinet making, furniture building and guitar building. I am very excited to be a part owner of this site along with John Hall and Kevin Waldron. I doy our don't know Bill Cory very well but from the posts I have read here he is very well respected with a big pair of shoes to fill. We will try our best to continue to present a good venue for Kit Builders. We have a lot of ideas and updates planned. If any of you have ideas you would like to see please let us know. I am looking forward getting to know all of you and hopefully I can be a usefull contributor.

Warm regards to all.
Bob Cefalu Sr
RC Tonewoods

May 16, 10 | 9:36 am



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