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If you are considering building an acoustic guitar or even if you just want to know how a guitar is constructed, this book jonatthan VERY comprehensive. I used a very well written book to help with the Martin project. Definitly recommend Verified purchase: Staff Cosmic Debris Etc. This is how I attached the tailblock and neck block inside the mold.

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Very comprehensive and detailed. Best Selling in Textbooks, Education See all. We used various combinations of maple and mahogany. Decided to go with laminate construction for the necks figuring that I could control wood movement better by orienting the grain to balance movement tendency. I used an armory of different sized sticks to apply pressure between the the top of the deck and the soundboard gluing surface. I was surprised how easily the rosewood bent, especially compared to the figured maple I have jonafhan for my previous guitars.


Briston, England-based Jonathan Kinkead has been building guitars for nearly 30 years. Ratings and Reviews Write a review. I also referred to Bob Benedetto’s archtop book for a few comparisons to the archtop guitar construction methods I was familiar with.

Had to be careful that the grease didn’t get on to the maple or spruce.


I pegged the bridge to prevent it from being pulled up by the string tension, and used up graded tuners and strings. Explains types of woods, tools used and techniques. As you can see in the photo, I used shims to add pressure to areas where there were gaps between sides and the blocks. Below I am gluing the top to the sides.

I kimkead the sound hole using Stewmac’s attachment for the dremel. Most of the hardware, like the tuners, are cheap and not worth the effort to install.

Next time I will be more precise measuring the thickness of the braces and cutting the notches accordingly.

Los of detail, so you could almost make your own guitar. Not only explaining the building process but covering the tools needed.

After gluing on the top I trimmed the excess with a flush cut bit being very careful not to chip out the spruce. You may notice in this picture that the body is shallower than the mold.


By the way, on both these guitars I used Titebond for some applications and hide glue for others. Each step of the building sequence is clearly photographed in color, with variations to the standard design shown to enable you to personalize your instrument as you make it. I would not recommend this kit to a beginner, there are too many things that have to taken care of before the kit was even started. See details for additional description.

This picture shows the linings and the installation of the side braces.

The resulting beauty of form and distinctive tone have earned him his reputation as one of the world’s most respected independent luthiers. Obviously I skipped kknkead few steps here in the documenting process. As a side note, I cut these braces on the bandsaw and then shaped them by hand with a plane ala a violin soundbar. Skip to main content. I ended up with an instrument on par with ones costing much more. The photo above is a picture of the mold under construction.

I probably needed to refine the mold or the blocks a bit more.