All the wood and hardware you need to build your own high-end acoustic guitar with a solid spruce top. Critical steps such as neck-joint machining, fretboard slotting, soundboard finishing, thickness ... Read More
All the wood and hardware you need to build your own high-end acoustic guitar with a solid spruce top. Critical steps such as neck-joint machining, fretboard slotting, soundboard finishing, thickness sanding, and side shaping have been done for you by skilled luthiers. Included instructions will make YOU a skilled luthier as you assemble the body; install and trim the braces, back, soundboard, neck, and fretboard; rout, attach, and trim the purflings and bindings; and learn how much more there is to producing a fine instrument. Includes everything you need but glue, finishes, and tools. Choose the Dreadnought model with mahogany sides and back, Richlite fingerboard and bridge; or Auditorium, Dreadnought Herringbone, Dreadnought, or D.41 models with East Indian rosewood back and sides, and Richlite fingerboard and bridge.
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I should say, sounds easier than it looks. It's tough. No joke. I have done fine woodworking in the past and own many of the required tools and still needed special scrapers, files, glues, knives and laminating trim bits. The workmanship will definitely show if you fast-path or cut any step. I skipped the body fill and scrape process mainly because after 2 months and about 80 hours of work, I wanted to play my guitar, soon. So the 8 coats of lacquer I applied could not fill the top and back wood grain. Now I occasionally rake my fingernails across the sound board to remind me of what an extra hour or two cost me in quality. Fitting the neck is critical. Get it right. I checked out The Luthiers Handbook from my library and really got into the fine points of how a guitar works and my first reference when moving to the next step. I was just floored when I put strings on for the first. Couldn't believe how crisp and resonate the sound was. After two years now, I have not had to adjust the truss rod at all and only required minimal fret work to eliminate buzz. And wonderfully tight action. Get the neck right. BTW...the manufacturer would not turn me on to a logo decal so I created my own brand, North Star guitar. Enjoy.
I bought this kit,to build your own Martin acoustic guitar, after about 3 weeks of just taking my time and making sure that everything was put together perfect I now have a beautiful acoustic guitar that sounds and plays better than even my Gibson acoustic, at a fraction of the cost. Thank you Martin Guitar CO. Allan Simonson/ Seattle WA.
The first review is very right on. In order to make an instrument you need some space to work, a workbench or worktable, a set of clamps and some background knowledge so that you don't ruin the kit by doing something wrong. It seems like a great way to have a Martin guitar for hundreds of dollars less than the fully assembled item in the store. There is nothing to describe the frustration of paying over four hundred dollars for a kit, ruining it and then buying the same guitar after that for over a thousand. If you can't afford the guitar of your dreams wait till you can and enjoy the music you can make on the one you have now.
When i bought this set, i was confident of building it.But while building it I was missing other items to build it and had problems playing it when it was completed.The neck snap off with a week or so and had to send it back.But when they sent me a new one,I had to go back to Guitar Center and get my money back.So,If your not a skilled luthier i would not recommend you this product.
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