Anyone here try their hand at one of these kits or something similar?
I just finished a Martin 00018 kit and I really enjoyed doing it. Pleased with the sound too. You can read about it here.
I can thoroughly recommend the Martin kits - great value and quality.
The only DIY wood kit I’ve had success with is pre-cut firewood.
Beautiful job on the build, Shuggie, and an engaging and well-written narrative as well.
Love to hear the guitar; from the specs and description of the sonic results, it would hit me right where my acoustic preferences are.
I learned that I won’t be building any acoustic guitars myself; there are so many places for me to screw it up, and I guess I’d rather spend my time screwing up while actually playing. If I was 30 years younger, with ever so much life ahead of me, maybe. But for someone so inclined, the kits do look like the way to go; even someone anticipating luthiery as a profession (or obsessive hobby) might be well advised to try a kit before undertaking a scratch build.
My youngest brother runs a shop class (whatever that’s now called) in an upscale school where they can afford an unusual complement of high-end tools, and guitar builds (many from scratch except for necks and fingerboards - and a few completely from scratch) are an increasingly popular project. They do mostly solidbody types, but have done a few acoustics, and are undertaking a 335 type. With his guidance, the kids turn out remarkably good work. Sometimes, but for the headstock shape and/or logo, the guitars would be hard to tell from “the real thing.”
Very satisfying for all involved.
Also...what a classy publication Guitar is. Compliments to editors and staff. It’s a bastion of balance, depth and range of coverage, editorial excellence - and simple literacy.
Great mag, I've been subscribing for more years than I can remember. Oh, and the new look really works.
Thanks Tim, I really appreciate the kind words.
And thanks Mr Tubs, glad you like the new look. I got my copy this morning and it's so classy. I'm just a freelancer, but the guys at the mag were working so hard to get the redesign done before Christmas.
That kit looks great, and very nice description as well. I love build treads.
This is really interesting. Thanks for starting this thread, Bryan. I've looked at these kits with interest.
Shuggie- I started reading your articles. Great, encouraging work! I jumped ahead to the last two parts to see how you finished it. Guitar looks GREAT!!
Like Tim, in reality I will probably hold off building an acoustic and will just continue to still be intrigued with the idea of building a Martin guitar. Besides the many areas for ME to screw up, I have just too many other projects to get to first. Heck, the Stratocaster build I recently finished took way too long!
Still, great stuff! Going back to reading the articles...
It's easier than you might think Metman
Seriously, as I said in the article there's no reason why you can't pick and choose which bits to do yourself and farm out the bits you are nervous about or ill equipped for.
For example, I have cut binding channels on other builds but I never liked doing it, and I this time got a luthier friend to do them instead.
Some might feel confident about the build aspect, but decide to get someone else to apply the finish and or level the frets.
It's all good and the results can be fantastic.
Thanks, Shuggie. Good suggestion on possibly farming out some of the work. Hey, I'm only an hour from Nazareth, PA, maybe I could just give them the kit and ask them to put it together for me! Ha! Seriously, would definitely be cool to put one together and your articles are certainly encouraging.
Bryan, keep us posted what you decide to do!
Great work, Huw! Long time reader of Guitar (nee Guitar & Bass.) I also agree the redesign is sharp.
(Not to praise a competitor but with Guitarist and Guitar, the UK's top magazines are superior to their American counterparts. Vintage Guitar is very fine though on the US side.)
Man, a stellar job! Very impressive tutorial. I'm sure that will be helpful to many people.
Great work, Huw! Long time reader of Guitar (nee Guitar & Bass.) I also agree the redesign is sharp. (Not to praise a competitor but with Guitarist and Guitar, the UK's top magazines are superior to their American counterparts. Vintage Guitar is very fine though on the US side.)
The print magazine industry is nearly dead in the US. England has specialist magazines for myriad interests.
As to the Martin kit----
Assembling a Parts-caster is one thing. This is on a whole different level. Kudos to those with the necessary woodworking skills to do this.
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