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First kit, patiently waiting for the big brown truck ...
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~frank

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I won this auction on eBay http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=190395729550&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT

I started bidding on it before I joined this forum. I posted a brief introduction in the sticky on the General Discussion a few days ago. I've been retired for a few years and have built a few partscasters and done rescue and repair on several electrics and a couple of cheap classicals, but have no actual acoustic building experience.

While waiting for the kit to arrive I will be doing a lot of studying. I bought Sloane's classic guitar construction back in the early 70s and got a good feel for what's involved, but never got enough courage to try building one. I'm sure I will have a lot of questions. I'm going to get a copy of Bill's book. I know it will answer a lot of them.

Looking forward to the experience.

May 18, 10 | 4:56 am
PJ

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Yes Frank - it's bound to become very addictive. Bill's book is a great way to get started, and this forum is bound to prove to be a goldmine of information. Good luck with your first build.

May 18, 10 | 5:23 am
Ken Hundley

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Glad you took the plunge, Frank! Keep us up to date on your build!

May 18, 10 | 9:18 am
Bill Cory

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Don't ya just love the sound of those UPS vans when they have a guitar kit for you?

Anticipation ...

Bill

May 18, 10 | 9:54 am
Bill Cory

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Frank --- That's one of Steve Kovacik's kits. His are excellent.

Bill

May 18, 10 | 9:55 am
~frank

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> Bill Cory I had been looking at kits on eBay for a couple of months and had noticed that "asaa" auctions seemed to be honestly described. I found Steve Kovacik's website a couple of weeks ago while looking for information about neck resets. I read a lot more info on his site and saw his link to his eBay auctions. He had that 000/OM up, which happens to be my favorite steel-string acoustic size. The rest is history.

I've known RayRay on another forum for a couple of years. He's been giving me a lot of moral support.

Now all I need to do is a lot of study and preparation for the big day.


> ANYBODY
I know I will need additional tools and jigs

Any advice on external molds? (I'm pretty sure I absolutely need one)

And what about radius dishes?

Any helpful advice will be appreciated.

Thanks in advance
~frank

P.S. for the next kit I will probably try something from Blues Creek. I've noticed John includes a Blues Creek Guitars gimme cap in his auctions. We balding old coots love gimme caps!!! =:)

May 18, 10 | 2:55 pm
FredB

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I start singing "O ho, the Wells Fargo wagon is a-comin' down the street. Oh please let it be for me." (Meredith Wilson's MUSIC MAN) when I see Big Brown in the neighborhood.

May 18, 10 | 5:42 pm
Ken C

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Frank, my first kit came from the same seller. Some have received very good kits from Steve, others have had issues. My one suggestion is to check over all the parts carefully when you receive the kit, and if you find any issues contact Steve right away, so he can get replacement parts out to you.

Welcome to the forum and happy building!

Ken

May 18, 10 | 6:05 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Fred,
I sing the same song (am I dating us?). I get excited everytime I see the truck coming down the street, even if I'm not expecting anything....I know, wierd! It is a great feeling though when he pulls up, and the long box with the LMI tape around it is in the UPS man's arms...........

Kevin

May 19, 10 | 6:05 am
FredB

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"It could be somethin' from someone who is no relation, but it could be (yes, you're right it surely could be) somethin' special (somethin' very, very special now) just for me!"

~frank, you're one day closer to that very, very special package. "Gettin' ready, cause here it comes." (Rare Earth - that also dates me, Ken)

May 19, 10 | 6:27 pm
blues creek guitars Authorized Martin Repair Ctr

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Steve puts a good kit together. I know him well

John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc.
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center

May 20, 10 | 3:17 am
~frank

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According to the UPS tracking page, 6 more days!!

I got the electronic version of Bill's Martin kitbuilders manual. I'm probably preaching to the choir, but it's a must have item.

I've already got a bunch of luthier tools from the last few years messin' with electric guitars and rescuing a couple of cheap classicals, so now I'm making a list of the specialized stuff I really need to build an acoustic kit.

I'm a firm believer in investing in decent tools when they're worth the money and building my own tools and jigs when it can be done quickly with tools and materials I already have on hand. However, I also believe spending hours looking for stuff I don't already have available (which could mean driving all over helengone to get it) is time and money that could be better applied towards getting a professionally designed and tested tool, which gives me much more time to build the kit.

FWIW, ~frank

May 20, 10 | 10:26 am
naccoachbob

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I just saw where my kit from KMG is shipping today from Ken. Dang, I may have mine before yours. The last shipment from him only took 3 days ground.
We'll both be able to start around Memorial Day weekend.

May 20, 10 | 11:08 am
Ken Hundley

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"However, I also believe spending hours looking for stuff I don't already have is time and money that could be better applied...."

As true as it is, for a guy its like tellin your wife she doesn't need another pair of shoes;)

May 20, 10 | 12:27 pm
Ken C

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The anticipation level is high on this thread ;)

Ken

May 20, 10 | 5:43 pm
dviss

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I'm getting some peruvian walnut delivered today... it will be hard to work (i work at home) without pacing to the front door every 5 minutes. I totally understand.

darren

May 21, 10 | 4:13 am
naccoachbob

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Ken H. "I think spending hours looking for stuff I don't already have is time that is not counted towards one's lifetime".
Can we make that a rule? A "Guy" rule?

May 21, 10 | 5:16 am
Ken Hundley

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Definitely! Lets start a thread in other stuff called "Guy Rules"

May 21, 10 | 2:02 pm
~frank

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TODAY'S THE DAY!!!

(well, actually, yesterday was the day - UPS delivered a day earlier than planned - I'm not complaining!)

I got it unpacked and inspected the contents. Since the form is somewhere between Blues Creek and my place, I rigged some clamps to keep the sides from relaxing any more.

Here are a few clickable thumbnails



All the bits and pieces seem to be there except for some side dot material. That's inconsequential, because I have a couple of white rods in stock. (Enough to do more necks than I plan on building in the next few years) =:)

I only have one minor concern. The sides were cupped slightly at the tail joint. They were easy to bend back by hand. That tells me they should glue down OK. Anybody think otherwise?

I'm going to order a bunch more clamps. I'm going to cut out a waist cincher from plywood to tuck in her waist to the correct measurement and install it while waiting for the mold.

This is going to be so much fun!!!

May 26, 10 | 3:36 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Hey Frank,
You bet it is fun! I hope you share your build along the way with us.
I think your sides will clamp up and glue flat against your tail block fine, if I'm understanding correctly. Before you know it, you will be playing it.
Have a great time building.

Kevin

May 26, 10 | 6:51 pm
Ken C

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Can't have too many clamps!

Have fun, Frank!

Ken

May 26, 10 | 6:57 pm
Adaboy

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Check all your parts to see if there are unexpected knots etc. Try to determine if you have the correct neck block for the kit your building and make sure it mates up with neck sent to you. Sometimes his kits are made up of parts for different models and you have to figure out how to make it all work.

May 26, 10 | 7:14 pm
RayRay

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Congrats to you Frank! Looking forward to seeing the progress...I'm sure you'll do fine! :)

May 26, 10 | 7:45 pm
~frank

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> Adaboy: I checked it over very carefully while unpacking it. I did test-fit the neck with its block, the truss rod in its slot and the pre-drilled fretboard to the pins in the neck. All good . =:)

All the parts in the box matched his descriptions including: "solid mahogany tail block (the tail block has a couple of very tiny wormholes that will fill easily with wood dust and glue and will not show on the finished guitar nor do they harm the structural suitability of the block),"

Apparently the little beggar was still in there alive and well when that copy was written but he didn't survive the trip. When it arrived, there was a small hole all the way through the block. (peeking down into the hole I could see his head - the varmint was thoroughly dead)!! =:)

On the positive side, the soundboard has tight straight grain, perfectly quartersawn and nicely bookmatched. It probably didn't make it to production because there are a couple of dark flecks above the soundhole.

Overall I'm very happy with it and am confident it will make a fine looking and sounding first acoustic build (if I'm good enough).

~frank

May 27, 10 | 7:28 am
Ken Hundley

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Wonder if the worm will change the tone?.....Glad you got it, and glad yo can get started!

May 27, 10 | 10:02 am
~frank

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Today I can start getting serious. UPS shows the mold from Blues Creek is "OUT FOR DELIVERY" !!!

Jun 01, 10 | 3:53 am
~frank

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The mold came this afternoon. *** thanks, John ***

I released the sides from the Frankenstein clamp monster and stuck 'em in the mold. Now I have the exact inside curvature and will hopefully make the time to create some spreaders this evening. Right now it's clamped in the mold as best I can. Here are some more clickable thumbnails:


clamped in mold ___________ neckblock joint ____________ tailblock slight cupping ____ tailblock light finger pressure

I put the clamp on the neckblock joint area because the left (bass) side was slightly twisted - it was about 1/16" higher than the treble side. I'm also showing the slight cupping at the tailblock area which I mentioned in an earlier message. I don't believe it will be a problem.

Comments, anybody??

I remember reading somewhere that it was a good idea to spritz (mist) some water inside the sides to help them conform to the mold. Before I do something stupid, I want to know if that suggestion has merit or if it's all wet. =:)

Jun 01, 10 | 3:44 pm
Kevin Sjostrand

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Frank,
It looks like your sides fit the mold nicely. I don't think you want to spritz the sides, from what I can tell it looks fine. Introducing water, and then the wood drying could induce twists, cupping, etc.....I think.
I think you are good to glue in the end blocks.

Kevin

Jun 01, 10 | 6:56 pm
Adaboy

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Looks good Frank. I too had some cupping of the sides at the tail block. It was a non issue.......just get it glued down nice and flat to the tail block and I haven't noticed that issue since (body built waiting on binding).

Jun 02, 10 | 9:41 am
~frank

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Kevin & Adaboy, Thanks for the advice. I'm going to let it sit in the mold a couple more days while I build some more jigs and make sure I've got enough clamps, then trim the ends off the sides at the centerline, glue the end blocks and get to building it.

When I have further questions, would be better to ask them in individual threads?

~frank

Jun 02, 10 | 4:55 pm
Adaboy

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I would start new threads Frank. If you give it an appropriate title, then it will later show up when folks are doing searches to learn about a particular topic.

Jun 03, 10 | 5:17 am



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