www.KitGuitarsForum.com

Learn to Kit Build a Guitar. Learn to Scratch Build a Guitar. Learn EVERYTHING Guitars Here!
It is currently Thu Dec 14, 2017 12:02 am

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 2:50 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:13 pm
Posts: 162
I recently bought a 000 kit from Blues Creek and will build it using the Stewart-MacDonald plans. I had planned to buy the 000 case that Woodwind and Brasswind was selling (around $90, with free shipping).

But I have been advised that this guitar may not fit a standard 000 case that was designed for the shorter-body 14-fret necks. I have also read on some of the other luthier forums that it's usually wiser to first buy the case, and then modify the guitar plans to suit the case, rather than to build the guitar and then hope to find a case that it will fit into.

So my question to you guys and gals who have built the Stew-Mac 000 12-fret guitar: Where did you end up buying a case for it? And did it fit reasonably well?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 4:20 pm 
JLT wrote:
I have also read on some of the other luthier forums that it's usually wiser to first buy the case, and then modify the guitar plans to suit the case, rather than to build the guitar and then hope to find a case that it will fit into.


Hmmm, that's some interesting logic....


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 5:21 pm 
Offline

Joined: Fri Mar 03, 2006 7:09 pm
Posts: 5419
Location: Hegins, Pa
the 000-12 fret is a common size and is not too hard to get
Martin sells them at the GMC

_________________
John Hall
Blues Creek Guitars Inc
Authorized CF Martin Repair Center
Board of Directors of Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans
http://www.bluescreekguitars.com


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 6:11 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:15 pm
Posts: 141
Location: Minnesota
tommyboy wrote:
JLT wrote:
I have also read on some of the other luthier forums that it's usually wiser to first buy the case, and then modify the guitar plans to suit the case, rather than to build the guitar and then hope to find a case that it will fit into.


Hmmm, that's some interesting logic....


Yup, I gotta agree with that. Very strange.

Ed


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:32 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Aug 13, 2014 12:14 pm
Posts: 940
If you're using a standard mold, it shouldn't be an issue. "Everybody" makes cases for Martin-size-designated guitars. You'll be able to find a case to fit the size guitar you build.

BUT: I did find out personally that some of the Chinese import cases are not accurately sized. They won't hold the size guitar they claim to, or at least not in a manner I find acceptable. It was allegedly a very good case. I'm unimpressed.

Fortunately, the Chinese case I bought is suitable for another guitar I have, and the case that one was in fits the guitar I'm building, so it all worked out.
I do recommend the so-called "Canadian" cases. In my (limited) experience, they fit the guitars the claim to fit.

_________________
Everybody is ignorant, only on different subjects. -- Will Rogers
There are lots of people who mistake their imagination for their memory. - Josh Billings
Anything is possible if you don't know what you are talking about.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:58 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:13 pm
Posts: 162
mnmusic wrote:
tommyboy wrote:
JLT wrote:
I have also read on some of the other luthier forums that it's usually wiser to first buy the case, and then modify the guitar plans to suit the case, rather than to build the guitar and then hope to find a case that it will fit into.


Hmmm, that's some interesting logic....


Yup, I gotta agree with that. Very strange.

Ed


But, having built a bunch of non-standard instruments and then wasted much time finding cases for them (and usually having to end up with gig bags instead), I totally get where that's coming from. It's like buying a car and finding out it won't fit into your garage. To fit the car to the garage, rather than the other way around, right?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 4:40 pm 
Buying a case for the guitar you built that outsizes the case you have on hand will run you ~ $100.
Buying a garage for the vehicle you purchased that outsizes the garage you have on hand................
BTW, from which forums did you glean this wisdom?


Top
  
 
PostPosted: Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Nov 02, 2011 9:13 pm
Posts: 162
tommyboy wrote:
BTW, from which forums did you glean this wisdom?


I can't remember. I'm on MIMF, AGF, and the Official Luthier's Forum, so it was probably one of those three. I'm also on Luthierforum.com, but hardly ever visit there.

As I said before, I make a lot of non-standard instruments for which cases are not available (mandola, cittern, octave mandolin, and so on), so forgive me if I'm gunshy about spending a hundred bucks on a case I can't use.

I've ordered the plans, and the guy at Woodwind & Brasswind says he'll be happy to send the relevant dimensions over to his warehouse so a human person can measure the case to see if it will work. I'll let this forum know when they report back.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Fri Jan 29, 2016 7:53 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:41 pm
Posts: 21
For 000s and OMs, I have used this $125 case at amazon. SKB 000 Size Acoustic Shaped Hardshell - TSA Latch, Over-Molded Handle

http://www.amazon.com/SKB-Size-Acoustic-Shaped-Hardshell/dp/B001AK9AWI/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1454111173&sr=8-2-fkmr0&keywords=skc+000+guitar+case

_________________
OK Work, Fairly Soon
ACME Guitars


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 5 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group