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Building an Acoustic Guitar

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Blog series by Patrick Jaromin updated 842 days ago 4 parts 13759 reads 23 comments total

Part 1: Building an Acoustic Guitar

898 days ago by Patrick Jaromin | 9 comments »

I’ve been rather busy with life the last couple years, but I’m finally back in the shop and up to no good again! Here’s what I’m up to for anyone who’s interested… A few years back I was conversing with a co-worker and fellow guitar player. Aware I was an amateur woodworker, he suggested I build a guitar. “Luthiery requires special tools and skills…training. Naw, I couldn’t do that,” I said. Google search. Fast forward to la...

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Part 2: The Neck, Shaping the Heel

891 days ago by Patrick Jaromin | 7 comments »

My lovely wife spent her weekend watching the kids and provided me with nearly two full days of shop time. In the intervening days I’d decided I wanted to build one of the guitars from cherry. I have a rather large stockpile and had read somewhere that Martin made/makes a “sustainable” series out of cherry, so it can’t be all that bad an idea, right? I’ll just set aside one of the two maple blanks for later and replace it with a new cherry one. Another imp...

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Part 3: The Soundboard and Back

863 days ago by Patrick Jaromin | 3 comments »

Back to work I took some time off guitar building to spruce up the shop and make some much needed improvements. Also, with the parents visiting for the week, the shop was occupied for a time with more pressing matters… Gramma helping the older kids paint their bird houses on my new workbench Alterations This weekend I was finally ready to get back to the build. Since carving the heel on the first neck (maple), I’ve learned that William Cumpiano has posted some signific...

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Part 4: The Rosette

842 days ago by Patrick Jaromin | 4 comments »

The soundhole rosette is an aesthetic embellishment that provides an excellent opportunity for the luthier (or newbie like myself) to leave his distinctive impression on the finished instrument. Consequently I spent much time considering the design for the rosette on my first guitar build. Although I’ve significant experience inlaying wood, I’ve never worked with abalone or mother of pearl as is commonly used. In researching materials, I discovered just how pricey abalone and R...

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