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. I built this quitar quite a few years ago, I had always wanted a hand made quitar so I decided to build one, at the time I built it I was not really into woodworking and the only woodworking tools I owned were a skill saw, a jig saw and some hand tools. I did the rough cutting on a friends saw, otherwise other than using a jig saw to cut the sound hole and shape the rest of the quitar it is built totally with hand tools. The mahogany neck is hand carved with ebony bridges and inlays, the fret board is brazilian rosewood, the sides and back are book matched kiln dried brazilian rose wood, the top is kiln dried German Spruce, all the braces inside the quitar are hand carved spruce and the whole guitar is glued together with slow drying epoxy. I formed the sides of the quitar in a hand made jig by boiling the wood. Try finding that rosewood these days!!! I do have pics of the quitar in prgress but I will have to scan them and add them later

-- islandworkshop

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#1 posted 10-11-2007 05:42 AM

Very nice work. Great for one of the first things that you attempted. I am very impressed….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 10-11-2007 05:47 AM

Great Guitar. Good job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 10-11-2007 07:05 AM

That is one ambitious first project – and especially with the limited tools you had. Turned out very nice.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#4 posted 10-11-2007 01:13 PM

a pride and joy—you must be so proud of this! well done.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 10-11-2007 03:54 PM

Pretty amazing. Since I play a bit, I’ve always had a yen to build my own guitar, but didn’t feel like my skills were up to that level yet. I’m shocked you pulled this off without a lot of experience!

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

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#6 posted 10-11-2007 04:59 PM

Wow…it looks like it came out great! I’ve often thought about trying my hand at making a guitar.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#7 posted 10-11-2007 08:22 PM

Thanks to everyone for thier comments

-- islandworkshop

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#8 posted 10-11-2007 09:24 PM

That’s something on my ‘to do’ list too! I have a whole pile of jigs ready. Now, that guitar stand looks interesting as well. Amazing with such limited resources.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#9 posted 12-01-2007 08:24 AM

The Luthier that gave me the 30-day crash course had some brazilian Rosewood for 8 fingerboards. Beautiful, hard, and messes up a drum sander to the point of no return.

Very nice job.

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#10 posted 01-16-2008 12:49 AM

very nice work. just goes to show you DON’t need a lot of fancy tools to do good work

-- tn hillbilly.." tryin to do the best i can with what i got "

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#11 posted 01-16-2008 01:32 AM

Looks good. How’s the action, how’s the sound?

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#12 posted 02-09-2008 02:43 AM

Thanks rikkor the action and the sound are really good, its had many yrs to age and like a fine wine its gotten sweet.

-- islandworkshop

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#13 posted 02-09-2008 02:44 AM

thanks roy

-- islandworkshop

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#14 posted 08-13-2008 05:34 PM

Thanks for sharing your work. I would like to see it and play it. Looks great.

-- Hersh from Port Angeles, WA - Gotta Complete That Project!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#15 posted 08-13-2008 06:00 PM

I’m sorry I missed this, but when you enter something here it never goes away, thank goodness.

It sure looks good from here, & very fine craftsmanship.

You should edit this post, & tag it “guitar”, & maybe more people will find it, & see it.

More pictures would be nice too.

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

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