First attempt at an acustic guitar

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Project by 1banger posted 1989 days ago 1603 views 4 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Modeled after an OM-14 Martin.

Indian rosewood for back and sides.
Carpathian spruce for the top.
Ebony for bridge, fingerboard, and headstock.
Mahogany neck.
Red heart pearl rosette inlay.
Tiger stripe maple for bindings, back inlay, and body tail piece inlay.
Z-poxy 30 min epoxy for wood filler.
8 coats of Tru-oil varnish, polished out with buffing wheel.

8 months to build…..whew!!!

Working on a Dreadnought style now.

-- BarryR Virginia

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Dennis Zongker

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#1 posted 1989 days ago

Great Job!! Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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Francisco Luna

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#2 posted 1989 days ago

Gorgeous guitar! in your first attempt,you are already a Luthier Master!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#3 posted 1989 days ago

Wow! That sucker is gorgeous!

As a player and a woodworker, I’ve always had the itch to make one. Seeing how great yours came out gives me hope that I could do it.

Did you make it from a kit or purchase everything seperately? Since it was your first, I’m assuming you must have had some sort of plan to work from?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Mark Mazzo

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#4 posted 1989 days ago


That’s exceptional work! I’m still working on a Dreadnaught in spare time between other projects (bloged about it here too). A couple of questions:

Did you use existing plans or design from scratch?

How did you find the Tru-Oil to work with? What did you buff it with?

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#5 posted 1989 days ago

Thanks for the comments guys!

Charlie, I made this from plans purchased from luthiers forum.

This was just a pile of flat wood when I started except for the neck that
I bought pre-shaped but had to file and sand to the proper profile.
Also the bridge was bought the same way.

I used the John Mayes DVD series to build this guitar. You can buy them from
his site, or rent them from Smartflix.

-- BarryR Virginia

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#6 posted 1989 days ago

Wow, is that special. Your time and care show. Looks flawless to me. Fantastic project.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 1989 days ago

That sure is a beauty, an awesome finish.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 1989 days ago

Amazing job! How’s it sound?

-- Location: Birmingham, AL - Stimulate this Mr. President!

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#9 posted 1989 days ago

Beautiful! I have always had an itch to make one. Curious… How much was the total cost? and… how does it play and sound?

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#10 posted 1989 days ago

Very nice!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#11 posted 1989 days ago

My hat is off to you! That is an amazing bit of work there. I love it!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#12 posted 1989 days ago

That is exceptionally nice!

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#13 posted 1989 days ago

I have had 3 “real” guitar players, (unlike me!), play it. They liked it with comments about
a sweet mid-range tone, and great sustain. Being an OM-14 style, you won’t get the bass and
power you get from anything like a dreadnought size guitar. Playability is something very personal for the
person playing it. One said the action was right on, and the other 2 thought it was a
bit high for them. But all said the neck felt good. This is adjustable on the guitar so I could lower
the action for someone who wanted it that way.

They were probably just being nice to me…hehe….

-- BarryR Virginia

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#14 posted 1989 days ago

Where’s my dreadnought?
Fantastic work !!

-- Router รจ ancora il mio nome.

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#15 posted 1989 days ago


-- Carolina Panther fan!

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