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 Post subject: 3/4 size guitar plans
PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 2:57 pm 
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Hi, all!

I've gotten it into my head to make a 3/4 size steel-string guitar, along the lines of a Takamine Mini or a Yamaha Junior. I notice that there are two vendors of plans for this instrument: Folkcraft Instruments and Luthiers Mercantile. Has anybody here used either of these plans? If so, were you satisfied with them?

And are there other vendors of these plans that you know of that you'd recommend?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 08, 2013 7:45 pm 
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The lmi plans, which are listed as '3/4 size, similar to Martin style "5"', are much smaller than what I would consider a 3/4 size guitar. For example, my 3/4 classical is 17.25 in length, 13" LB, the antes "3/4 or style 5" is 16.175, and 11.25 LB. No doubt the Size 5 is a great guitar, just be aware of what you're getting. (the tak mini is 13" LB ...)

I'd be interested in seeing the antes tenor guitar plans, which are 12.5 LB, 17 body length, 23" scale... given mr. antes' bracing style (overbuilt) the tenor plans might be spot on for a 3/4 6 string. :) :)

Let us know what you decide on. I love small guitars.

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 2:07 pm 
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Almost finished building a scott antes plan parlor size acoustic and will put up pics when finished. If you go with the LMI option just be aware that theres a few things you need to watch out for including scale measurements. Also the Antes plans are not so useful in my opinion

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 28, 2013 3:14 pm 
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I found Antes plans are good for wrapping fish , if you want to bury it. I bought them early and found them to be at best a guideline but not any good. Better stuff is out there.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 7:18 am 
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Here is a truly lovely little guitar I had the privilege to play a couple of weeks ago:

http://www.retrofret.com/products.asp?P ... 91&CartID=

It played and sounded great, and I have been scheming a way to copy it. John - do you have anything like this in your inventory?

Ed Minch


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 29, 2013 3:17 pm 
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The term "3/4" seems to be like "Parlor": it means different things to different people, at least in guitars. Violins are more uniform in terminology.

Mostly, folks use 3/4 to refer to either a "travel guitar" with fairly normal scale and undersized body or to a terz guitar like the Martin size 5. These are definitely NOT the same thing! Travel guitars generally give up tone for size; terz guitars are small, tuned up to G, and can have fabulous tone.

The Gibson LG-2 3/4 is an interesting abomination. The scale length is between a terz and normal guitar (tuned to F or F# maybe?), it's ladder braced, 14 frets to the body, the lower bout is close to a Martin size 2 ... what were they thinking? It's like the love child of a nineteenth century Parlor and a modern small guitar. X-brace it, set it up low, and it could be reasonable as a kid's guitar, I guess.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 3:09 pm 
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We find that the MS No 7 is an interesting instrument. You might look at it's history and it fits the bill for being a smaller instrument.

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Kevin

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 2:36 pm 
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Kevin Waldron wrote:
We find that the MS No 7 is an interesting instrument. You might look at it's history and it fits the bill for being a smaller instrument.



I looked at your web site but couldn't find any plans for the MS No 7. Do you sell them, or just the acrylic templates?


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 11, 2013 6:39 pm 
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Sorry, but we only offer templates. If you look around you can find a lot of information on the web about the instrument.

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Kevin


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 12, 2013 2:01 pm 
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Kevin, I've been following this thread, and I've had it in my head to build something along the lines of a Martin 7-28, and the 'MS no. 7' looks as if has that sort of layout. But I took your advice and asked Google to help me locate further comment, and I'm coming up blank. If you have a more specific description or a link to the guitar's design, I'd love to have it.

Thanks very much.

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