Building a Classical Guitar #1: The Kit

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Blog entry by kem posted 09-07-2008 02:07 AM 26007 reads 4 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have started taking a classical guitar construction class at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, CO. I’ll be blogging about it here as my journal through the process.

The kit that we are using is the KLC guitar kit from Luthiers Mercantile International . The kit has all the wood and hardware for building a classical guitar. It also comes with a DVD – “Build a Classical Guitar with Robert O’Brien”. Robbie is the teacher of our class. He teaches several classes each semester and also offers private instruction. You can see and hear an example of building this kit on YouTube .

Here are some pictures of the wood that comes in the kit.

The bookmatched Indian rosewood sides and back.

The bookmatched Engelmann spruce top.

Bracewood, kerfing, etc.

Mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, headstock veneers, etc.

All the wood looks (and smells) great! Not pictured above are the fretwire, tuners, guitar plans and dvd that also comes with the kit.

My next entry will look at building the neck blank and headstock.

-- Kevin

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#1 posted 09-07-2008 06:13 AM

This looks like a fun project. How long is your class?

My son wants to make a guitar. He plays (I don’t). Maybe a nice kit is in store for Christmas.

Are there any difficult tools needed?

-- Scott - Chico California

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#2 posted 09-07-2008 07:47 AM

Hi Scott,

The class is a full semester (3.5 months). There are some specialty tools that are needed like a bending iron and drum sander. This is my first guitar so I don’t know yet everything that is needed. LMI also sells “serviced” kits that have some of the work done that require the specialty tools. You might check with them about those kits.

That would be a pretty nice Christmas gift! I’ve heard several guitars that other students have made and they all sound great. I can’t wait to see how mine turns out.

-- Kevin

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#3 posted 09-07-2008 10:55 AM

I am looking forward to following your progress.

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 03:42 PM
Stewart Macdonald has a good catalog as wellwith tools kits and more

-- Major Walt Timoschuk,III

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