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My kit build so far...
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Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 452
Hey all! I started my kit yesterday after assembling the mold from KennethMichaelGuitars. No major progress yet, but tonight, after carefully measuring twice last night, and twice again tonight, I cut the sides to size in order to get them into the mold.
My son was instrumental (pun intended) in this build since I am building it for him.
I am going to put custom inlays on the fret board.
Speaking of the fretboard, in my haste to order the guitar, I neglected to read everything Ken wrote to me about what was included in his kit. One thing I missed was that the fret board had a Martin pattern fret marker inlay. I never told Ken of my plans for an inlay. When I got the kit, I opened the box to find the inlays already installed...just like it said in the mail Ken sent me in the first place. So I asked Ken if I could return my FB and get a new one. Do you know what that Son Of a Biscuit did? He sent me a new one and told me to keep the one I had for my next build!! The new one is nicer than the original IMO. It has a cool stripey thing going on that I think will look very good. Ken sent me pics for my approval before shipping it out. Nice dude.
Now, I am going to have to build another guitar!! D*** you Ken Cierp!!
I had also asked Ken if I could order extra maple binding so I could bind my neck. He had another snappy come back for that request too. He told me he would throw in plenty of extra binding material at no charge.
I am very pleased with my decision to buy from KMG. I can already see many guitars being built using my KMG mold. The thing is solid as a rock...my son tested it by pushing it off of the table.
Anyway, here are the pics of my way better than expected results of cutting and fitting the sides into the mold. I couldnt have done it this well without the great instructions on Ken's site. If this guitar comes out looking like garbage, it will totally be my fault. The wood is beautiful. Better than I hoped for actually, especially the maple binding.
By the way, I have NO gaps in my seams at the head and tail block and not a single gap between the sides and the mold. Way better than I had hoped for. Patience sure pays off!!
Here are the pics:



Sep 25, 09 | 7:26 pm
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
OK...don't think the pics worked...trying again:




Crossing my fingers.....


Sep 25, 09 | 7:28 pm
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
Wow...sorry for the tremendous size.
I threw in a pic of my son helping me unpack my kit cuz he is cute and the guitar is for him...after I play it for 15 years to break it in for him.

Sep 25, 09 | 7:30 pm
nehsgolfer

Total Topics: 4
Total Posts: 47
Let me throw in my 2 cents here. As long as you deal with Ken Cierp, you'll be satisfied with his products and his cooperation to help you get everything built correctly.
Harold

Sep 26, 09 | 4:18 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Tony -- I fixed the photo size. If you guys ever need to change the photo size as they display, you can just add this to the photo link, after the quotes and before the [/img]. Put a space between the photo link quote and the word width.

Tony's link above was originally this: [img)"http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/7224/guitarbuild013.jpg"[/img]

It became this to reduce the photo size:
[img)"http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/7224/guitarbuild013.jpg" width="640" height="480" [/img]

If it's a vertical photo, just make the width 480 and the height 640.

Bill

Sep 26, 09 | 8:11 am
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
Thanks Bill. I would have deleted them if I could have. I dont want to eat up your bandwidth!!
Notice my super awesome workshop? Please do not be envious. LMAO

Sep 26, 09 | 10:06 am
Bill Cory

Total Topics: 158
Total Posts: 3584
Here's one to be envious about ... actually, a pretty nice little shop. The guy told me it's an extra room. I would like to see the guitar he builds here. (To show the nay-sayers that you can build a kit guitar in a small shop. This is bigger than the shop I had for my first four guitars.)

Sep 26, 09 | 1:20 pm
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
I doubt any woman has used that toilet. Recently anyway!

Sep 26, 09 | 3:21 pm
Ian

Total Topics: 4
Total Posts: 74
Why toilet seat is down?? I don't get it? Wife says no toilet paper..has to be a guys room in her opinion... still don't get it..

Regards Ian

Sep 27, 09 | 8:26 pm
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
Probably doesn't want to drop a fingerboard or headstock cover plate in there. Gotta say, most creative use of space I have seen yet. Lemme guess, his fingerboard markers are "Mother-of-Toilet-Seat"?

Sep 27, 09 | 10:12 pm
llajoy

Total Topics: 6
Total Posts: 295
I would hope the water is turned off and drained. Electricity and water are not friends. Personally I would never have a TV in my shop, too easy to lose focus on what your doing. (I've done this with no TV).

But this is an original use of space and shows how imaginative people can be.

Lance.

Sep 29, 09 | 11:43 am
Bill Cory

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Total Posts: 3584
According to the guy, he did have the water off and commode empty. Totally agree about the TV too.

Sep 29, 09 | 11:57 am
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
That shop is way nicer than mine. I am working on my coffee table. And the floor sometimes too.

Sep 29, 09 | 12:16 pm
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
I was wondering about the pace of my build, so I figured I would ask here. I started the actual building part on 9/25. The first post in this thread. In about 2 hours, I will be finished installing the kerfing. And since its Ken Cierp's reverse round kerfing, I had to take an extra day to wet and form it per his instructions. So my question is, in one weeks time, I will have the entire rim kerfed and finished. I will still need to sand in the radius, but does it seem fast to anyone, or am I just crazy? If it took many of you 100 plus hours to do your first build, I muist be going too fast and I dont want to screw anything up by doing so. I have been very careful though. Just wanted your thoughts.

Oct 01, 09 | 7:23 am
Bill Cory

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Total Posts: 3584
Seems about right to me. If you did everything to the best of your ability and followed directions -- and didn't forget anything -- it's probably right in the groove. We all work at a different pace. The only thing that doesn't change is how fast the glue dries. (But some of us let it dry for 4 or 8 hours, or overnight ... so that varies too!)


Oct 01, 09 | 7:28 am
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
With the Kerfing, I let it dry about an hour before I take off the clothespins...I mean, wooden, spring loaded luthier's clamps. And I dont even take them all off. I leave most of them and only remove enough so I can measure the next piece of kerf and dry fit it. Usually, the clamps stay on overnight for the bigger things, like the neck and tail blocks.
Thanks for the input Bill. I figured I still did not get to any major sanding yet, like the contour. I figure that slows you down a bit!
I have been careful to make sure everything is perfect, or ear as I can get it to perfect, before I glue and clamp. Even so, I thought I was overlooking some steps! I have one more piece of kerf to glue and the rim is done until I start sanding the contour. This is addicting!!

Oct 01, 09 | 8:19 am
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
With some of the stuff that is not stressed or bent as its glued, white glue or titebond should dry in 30 minutes. I do take a lot of extra time with things like the tops and backs, bridges and fingerboards because they are more critical, and there is also a lot more glue being dispensed, so part of me thinks give it far longer to make sure all the moisture has been removed from the glue.

I glued my back plates and center strip together, as well as my tops together in half an hour. No chance they were coming apart. I was able to glue 3 sets of backs and 3 tops in about 2 hours between boxing rounds. Now I just wish I had enough molds.

Oct 01, 09 | 3:49 pm
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
I felt like posting an update on my progress. I am at work, so not only do I not have pictures, I really should be working and not goofing off looking at this site. As for the progress, I respectfully ask that you go to my blog since, like I said, I do not have pictures with me. Let me know your thoughts. I am pretty pleased with my craftsmanship so far.
http://tonysbigbuild.blogspot.com/

~Tony

Nov 09, 09 | 4:53 am
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
Trying to post pics of my fretboard. Custom Pearl Inlay did a great job!


Nov 10, 09 | 7:56 pm
Tony_in_NYC

Total Topics: 29
Total Posts: 448
OK...it didnt work. Check it out on my blog please:
http://tonysbigbuild.blogspot.com/2009/11/fret-board-update.html

Another try too:

Nov 10, 09 | 7:57 pm



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