View Full Version : Building a guitar.

10-23-2006, 09:46 AM
Seems that not all that long ago someone (Chad? MMike?) was going to build a guitar from a kit. What happened with that?
I'm still perched on the edge of the abyss....Should I build an arch top jazz guitar with "F" holes, or start out with something more pedestrian....?
Will garden variety Spruce work for the top (assuming that it's dry and vertical grain), or do I NEED Black forest 50 RPI dead nuts quartersawn Spruce?

10-23-2006, 09:50 AM
It is still on my list of things to do. Wasn't able to get to it this summer, what with the Balboa and all the car problems. I've got the Grizzly kit on my Christmas list.


10-23-2006, 09:52 AM
Cutting my Christmass list down now, since the wife informed me that we cant afford the paper to make the lists with,,,,,,,,

Bruce Taylor
10-23-2006, 09:52 AM
Go for the archtop if that's the instrument you want.

Get Robert Benedetto's book, and don't worry too much about the quality of the wood. If you have access to nicely quartered clear spruce (of any species) go ahead and use it.

As I recall, Benedetto built an archtop out of white pine.

10-23-2006, 09:53 AM
That's kinda boxy looking Popeye.... I'm thinking of something a little more voluptuous...

Bruce Taylor
10-23-2006, 09:59 AM

Bruce Taylor
10-23-2006, 10:20 AM
Bob Taylor's "Pallet Guitar," made from old packing crates:


Gotta fill those nail holes with something pretty:


He did spring for an ebony fretboard and enough MOP for a forklift:


10-23-2006, 10:39 AM
Stewart MacDonald


Books tuners , fretboards etc..the luthiers store with delivery.But lefty is probably already finished by now.;) :D .

Wild Dingo
10-23-2006, 10:54 AM
Bruce thanks for that book tip!! Thats one beautiful guitar :cool: and definantly the one I would build if I ever get a notion to try that caper again :rolleyes: which I doubt as the list keeps growning so fast that a guitar wouldnt even make the 10000000001 page! :eek:

As to Doug building one... can you imagine it? I mean what a peice of artwork that will be!! :cool:

Bruce Taylor
10-23-2006, 11:18 AM
As to Doug building one... can you imagine it? I mean what a peice of artwork that will be!!

:cool: :cool: :cool:

landlocked sailor
10-23-2006, 01:12 PM
An excellent site with a good discussion forum and kit review. Note the Grizzly kit review; I agree, total trash. I am slowly working my way through a Stew-Mac 000. Rick

10-23-2006, 01:38 PM
I guess it depends on your skills but I wouldn't think an archtop is a first guitar. I'm guessing that like a violin the arch is actually carved out as opposed to steamed over a form or something like that. benedetto's guitars are too beautiful. I play classical guitar and have no aptitude for jazz so I have no exuse to buy an archtop. I think he has instructional DVD's.

Bruce Taylor
10-23-2006, 01:50 PM
I guess it depends on your skills

Doug's got the chops to build whatever he wants.

Another handy book w/ a section on archtop guitars:


10-23-2006, 02:09 PM
Well, Doug if you got the chops have at it. Are you a jazzman yourself?

10-23-2006, 08:46 PM
I prefer the blues myself.... But a number of Gibson 335's have been known to grace a blues album. I must admit however, that I can't play a chord. I used to play a mean R&R bass before I broke my left hand 3 times..... But now I'm thinking that a shorter scale length and some refined brain cells might lend themselves to at least a modicum of acceptability in the punkrock vein of blues..... Maybe..... 3 chords is all you need for punk.....right?
And thank you for the vote of confidence Bruce and Shane. You have more faith in my abilities than I do! :D

10-23-2006, 08:50 PM
Lefty, if you're looking for a woodworking project, I'd love to have a black walnut english butler's tray. I even know where there are plans... ;)

10-23-2006, 09:08 PM
You have a butler?......

10-23-2006, 09:51 PM
Don't I wish - but I'll settle for the tray. ;) :)

10-23-2006, 10:05 PM
I'll donate the Black Walnut. :)


10-23-2006, 10:17 PM
Wow! Thanks Steven!!! :)

capt jake
10-23-2006, 10:17 PM
Not accuostic, but a few we made a couple of years ago.

10-24-2006, 06:56 AM
I understand that the Grizzly kit is junk, but here is my take on it. Like with boats you start small and work your way up. I plan on starting with the Grizzly kit, because it seems to be the most simple to build. Once I learn a little I plan on doing a nicer guitar that is a little more complicated to build.