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OK - wife is convinced to let me try (sort of)
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mbbransc

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Total Posts: 71
As discussed elsewhere on here, my wife is afraid I'll start a kit and lose patience with it and not finish it. I've had a hard time convincing her to let me try. But as I've slowly worn her down, she finally agreed to let me buy my parts piecemeal. The logic behind it being that if I don't finish, I'm not out the entire cost of a kit.

Well, as I started looking for cheapo parts, I quickly learned that it just doesn't really exist. While there are really expensive parts, there just aren't any 'cheap' ones. So after I told her the costs associated with getting started, I tried to convince her that it just makes more sense to get an entire kit. Reluctantly, she says "OK, I have a $300 check coming. You can use that and it's your b-day and X-Mas present (not until Dec)." I'm thinking sweet, maybe I'll be able to play it by then!!

So, my new delima... no kits for $300. Just don't exist. The StewMac is the closest at $365. I've shopped eBay and it looks like most kits on there will go over that as well (John Hall's kits look great, but again, the price).

Sooooo, anyone got any suggestions? Any new angles I haven't thought of? I'm open to suggestions at this point.

thx
Brandon

Aug 15, 06 | 7:51 am
Bill Cory

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Brandon -- you can get a Martin kit for under $300. Go to this link on the Martin website.

One of the guys here has built one of the Martin laminate kits and it looks great. Search for the thread.

The manual isn't very good, but there are several of us here who have struggled through a martin kit and come out of it okay. Take a look. Also, for a look ahead at the Martin kit process, check out this link on KitGuitarBuilder.com. It also has links to the kit review, etc.
Any questions ... just ask.

You're almost there! Good luck -- Bill

Aug 15, 06 | 10:20 am
ejko

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Total Posts: 113
Brandon,

I think most of us go into this with a little reservation... "I'm not sure I can do this". Once you get past the initial trepidation (and procrastination), it becomes addictive. I find myself thinking about my next steps while in the shower, driving back and forth from work, in church (did I say that!)... you get the picture. Then, as you near completion of your first guitar, you start thinking about what you'll do differently ON THE NEXT ONE!

Look up Steve Kovacik on google. He used to have some kits on his site that were in your price range. Not sure if he stills has some, but probably worth the call... For that matter, drop an e-mail directly to Blues Creek to see if he might have some parts around that can get you started. I do think (note that my experience is limited to one nearly complete OM) that buying a complete kit is the way to go for a first build.

Good luck!

Ed

Aug 15, 06 | 3:58 pm
Phlytyer (Keith)

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Total Posts: 273
Strike quick Brandon, while her senses have left her. Fast as fast can be. :-0

Aug 16, 06 | 2:59 am
canuckplaya

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Total Posts: 81
Blues creek guitars actually has a kit on ebay right now. I was going to bid on it, but I dont know how much I get on this weeks check to get his kits, but if your lucky you might be able to get it for 300. worth a shot ya know.

Or with all the tools you need to get you can try salvage some from older equipment from neighbors, second hand stores, and all that good stuff to fund for the actual guitar.

Or another Idea convince the wife "while her wits are gone" as Phlytyer says to tell her the kit will cost a bit more at first to get familar with the kit, Then the next one will be cheaper because youll know how to make some of the peices.

Even if this isnt ;-0 true ya can cross your fingers and hope that her mind wont remeber you said that next time it comes to the cost of the guitar.

Best of luck lol ;-) tell us what happens lol

Aug 16, 06 | 10:45 am
mbbransc

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 71
Yeah, I've been following eBay items but I've checked out the completed auctions and John's kits usually end up int he $400-$450 range. So, while it looks feasible now, bidders are actually just biding their time.

Aug 16, 06 | 11:09 am
mbbransc

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Total Posts: 71
I checked out Kovacik but it looks like his lowest are $375 right now. I'm going to try to weasel out a lil' more cash for the StewMac dred. I'd like to pull out the rosewood, but I'm not pressing my luck!!

thx y'all!
Brandon

Aug 16, 06 | 6:36 pm
Ken Hundley

Total Topics: 40
Total Posts: 2169
This was taken from the Martin Website:

Laminate Indian Rosewood OOO/OM

Laminate Indian Rosewood back and sides, 25.4" scale, Bolt-on neck, Spruce top, Macassar Ebony fingerboard & bridge, white bindng, heelcap & endpiece, Chrome enclosed tuners and all other parts that make up the instrument
Laminate Indian Rosewood OOO/OM
Qty. Add Price Item Number
$250.00
USD 18KIT90006
Items remaining = 11


My Father built the Mahogany laminate, and it sounds just great, looks great too.

Aug 16, 06 | 7:08 pm
mbbransc

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Total Posts: 71
Thx Ken, I looked at that laminate after Bill pointed it out. Part of me says to keep the first build as cheap as possible as it will probably be my worst, and possible my only build ever. But the other part of me says, it's my first build and I'll probably keep it forever. Why not get solid parts for $100 more (plus tuners).

Though, I do need a 'beater' acoustic. I only have a vintage now that I hate to take anywhere. Probably makes the most since getting the laminate first.
Gonna have to stew on it some more...

Aug 17, 06 | 5:38 am
Robbie O'Brien

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Total Posts: 110
YOU CAN GET A KIT FROM lUTHIERS MERCANTILE FOR $247.95. HERE IS THE LINK.
http://www.lmii.com/CartTwo/thirdproducts.asp?searchtext=KITS&NameProdHeader=Standard+Guitar+Kits

Aug 18, 06 | 7:01 pm
mbbransc

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Total Posts: 71
Thx Robbie, I saw that, but the basic kit doesn't have bent sides. I definitely will need that.

Aug 18, 06 | 8:19 pm
Robbie O'Brien

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Total Posts: 110
A serviced kit for under $300 bucks??? Hum? That's a tough one.

Aug 19, 06 | 6:21 am
mbbransc

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 71
Wha-whooooo!!!! Here we gooooooo!!!!

I won this one off eBay!! He advertises it as a Martin, and the top definitely makes it look like a Martin. Also says it comes in a Martin box. But the directions are StewMac and it doesn't come in tuners. All sounds weird, but it's my first kit!!! Either way, a rosewood dread is definitely worth $260!!

OK - I got some questions about those sides but I'll start a new thread for that. I have some ideas, but I'd love some opinions!


Aug 19, 06 | 8:30 am
ejko

Total Topics: 25
Total Posts: 113
mbbransc,

You sure got yourself a great deal! Strongly suggest you build or buy a mold. The sides look like they've relieved themselves somewhat from their original bending.

Ed

Aug 19, 06 | 8:50 am
Phlytyer (Keith)

Total Topics: 37
Total Posts: 273
Brandon:

Way to go!

Keith

Aug 19, 06 | 3:29 pm
mbbransc

Total Topics: 13
Total Posts: 71
Thx Keith/Ed, can't wait to get started!!

Aug 19, 06 | 5:27 pm



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