walnut, maple, and sitka guitar

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Project by bent posted 1131 days ago 1549 views 3 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is my first guitar build. it felt like the project that would just never end. the only stock parts are the bridge pins and tuners. i did all the resawing myself for the tops/sides/back. i even made my own nut and saddle out of a piece of buffalo bone. i’m happy with how it turned out. it sounds really good. it’s got a very bright sound with a lot of sustain. the top is sitka spruce, the sides/back are walnut, and the headstock/neck lamination/binding are curly maple.

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#1 posted 1131 days ago

Gorgeous. I so want to build one myself!

Interesting choice for the back and sides…walnut is not a traditional choice, but it sure is pretty!

-- jay,

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#2 posted 1131 days ago

Really nice would love to add this to my collection. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#3 posted 1131 days ago

Very nice. I especially like the flamed maple headstock. I’ll bet “wildWOOD flower” sounds really good on it. You must make some wooden picks for it.

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#4 posted 1131 days ago

I really like the neck. I have always wanted to build one. Did you make it in a class or did you read on how to build guitars?

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 1131 days ago

Great job, especially considering all the custom work you did on it!

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

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Wes Giesbrecht

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#6 posted 1130 days ago

Nice job. Will there be more guitars?

-- Wes Giesbrecht

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#7 posted 1130 days ago

Unbelievable. That’s one beautiful guitar.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 1130 days ago

Very nice job. I was wondering, Did you taper the body? Thicker at the end and thinner near the neck?

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 1130 days ago

jay – i didn’t want to have alot invested in this instrument, since i wasn’t sure how it would turn out. that’s why i used walnut rather than a more traditional wood like rosewood or mahogany. however, walnut does have good tonal properties, so it’s a suitable wood to use.

chuck – i purchased the book “the guitar makers manual” by jim williams from grizzly. i highly recommend it, it’s more of technical manual than a woodworking book, it was a good reference whenever i had a question about a technique or measurement.

wes – i built this one as a collaboration with a semi-pro guitar player friend of mine. he wants to demo/sell them for me, and help on some of the designs. i’ve got some furniture work to take care of first, but i plan on starting another guitar after that.

craftsman – it has a uniform depth of 5” across the body. the taper must be a camera angle trick or something.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#10 posted 1130 days ago

I thought the uniform depth might be the illusion of the camera. Guitars have a taper from end to neck. Thinner at the neck end.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#11 posted 1130 days ago

wow thats beautiful if it sounds as good as it looks, it’ll sound great then!!

-- Todd

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#12 posted 1130 days ago


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

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#13 posted 1102 days ago

Very nice. Definately on my to do list.

-- Shrub G. , Dalton Georgia

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#14 posted 421 days ago

So how’s this beauty been holding up? Still have her?

-- Kevin H. --Pennsylvania

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