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Forum topic by Josh Mayfield posted 06-24-2009 05:01 AM 1369 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Josh Mayfield

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06-24-2009 05:01 AM

Topic tags/keywords: guitar acoustic

I am thinking about building an acoustic guitar just wondering if anyone has built one or has any knowledge on where to start. What wood to use, where to buy the back and sides sets? Any help would be appreciated.


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#1 posted 06-24-2009 03:16 PM

I’ve never attempted it, but I know Grizzly sells kits.

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#2 posted 06-24-2009 03:22 PM

Here is a great resource…. order the free catalog.

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

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#3 posted 06-24-2009 03:38 PM

I would highly recommend starting with a kit. That way you get the basics down first. As already stated, Grizzly and Stewart MacDonald offer these. Also try Luthiers Mercantile. All have web sites.
A friend of mine builds acoustics and does a great job.
I’ll check with him to recommend some good books or videos. It may take me a day or two.

Good luck


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Robert Herring

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#4 posted 06-25-2009 03:08 PM

You are about to embark on adventure that can be most satisfying or a nightmare. I built my first guitar in 1985 from scratch. I made all of my clamps and molds. I still use them today. It’s a skill that most people don’t have the patience for. There is no instant gratifacation. It’s the best way to be by yourself and watch your work come into it’s own. Go to and download the instructions for building one of their kits and read them. If I was building my first guitar I would get a kit from StewMac. Everything you need except tuners is included. One can make a pretty nice guitar from their kit. I have made guitars from rosewood, Oregon Myrtle, Koa etc. If you get the kit and like it, you go at it on your own and start making them on your own. A few suggestions: Buy William Cumpiano’s book “Guitarmaking”. Go to Ebay and type in “luthier” and you will see an array of items pertaining to guitar making(wood, tuners, inlay, etc) If you want plans for cam clamps, I’ll be happy to email them to you.

-- Robert M. Herring

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Josh Mayfield

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#5 posted 06-27-2009 01:10 AM

Thanks for all the replies!!
I think I will start with the kit. Any other good books out there? Robert I would love to get those plans from you.
My email is

Thanks all!

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