Koa Jumbo Baritone 2010

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Project by ChrisFranklin posted 05-29-2012 03:16 AM 808 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After doing some needed repairs on a couple of my guitars and making new wider necks for a couple of others, I finally took the plunge and started a new build in 2006. It only took 4 years to finish! Of course, most of that time was spent making jigs and tools to build it, thus ensuring that I would have to build more to recoup the expense. See what I did there?

This is a baritone guitar, meaning it’s tuned lower than a standard guitar, has a longer scale length (string length) and uses heavier strings. There’s no real standard for these, but this one has a 29.5” scale (standard is around 25) and is tuned to C#, down three frets from a standard guitar’s E.

The back & sides are koa, top is sitka spruce, neck is Honduras mahogany with a cocobolo fretboard, bridge and bridge plate (inside, under the bridge) are African blackwood. The binding is curly maple, and there’s some abalone trim here & there.

-- Mud thrown is ground lost.

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#1 posted 05-29-2012 04:51 AM

This is a very nice looking instrument. Building an acoustic guitar must involve a huge amount of bending and careful fitting. I hope to try making one someday. Thanks for posting it.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#2 posted 05-29-2012 10:13 AM

Very Nice Chris! AND!! Thank You for all the Details you provided. Not something that’s all that common for a new Members.

SO! You can stay! ....LOL….

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