It appears that my original post on this kit got lost in the transition.
I never put up much on it except to show the original pieces.
I'm building this for my daughter, Joey. So I'm starting the thread again.
Ken provided me with a great back and side set and the top is really cool. I think I can see some silking in it, which I really hope is there. He made me a rosette with abalone and rosewood for the middle.
My inlaying of it was a bit rough, and I had to do some doctoring, but under finish, it should be ok.
The binding will be bloodwood with probably w/r/w/r purfling on top and w/r/w on the back. I'm not sure yet how I feel about that much purfling.
My daughter likes red, hence the bloodwood.
Here's the back and the 5 piece neck (mahogany, maple, bloodwood).
The top with the bracing being clamped down. I later took the top and back to Steve Kinnaird for a critique. He and Ryan Middlebrook gave me some great advice about thinning and the proper height for each brace. On my first build, I pretty much left the braces as I received them from StewMac, and probably have it very over-braced. This will be a bit looser. I've already forgot what they said that would do to the sound - will find out when I get it finished. I had read what Ken's Assembly Manual said about the bracing, and told Steve and Ryan what I thought when I got there, and they reinforced his information. I'm a very visual person and comparing their bracing of guitars with this just made Ken's information a bit more vivid to me.
Notice the cam clamps? Ken sent them with the kit (a slight extra charge). Making them is more fun than using them!!!
By the way, I won't get into pricing, but with the laminated neck and the 6 cam clamps, I paid close to what I did for the Mahogany and Sitka kit from StewMac. Ken is very fair with his prices and his support is excellent.
Here are the sides and the binding.
More to follow in a minute.
Thanks for looking.