Always wanted a J200

1bad914

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I fell in love with the J200 model acoustic a long time ago, just never bought one, they are kind of pricey. So, I finally decided to build one.

I am very fortunate to be friends with a forum member that is very generous with wood that he has. Recently he graciously gave me a really nice piece of flame maple. This is the board cut into manageable pieces.
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The plan is a very traditional J200, maple back, sides and neck. The neck will be laminated. Here is the wood after it was milled.
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This is the back with a spritz of water. Not glued up yet, just eyeballing it. More to come:
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That will make a beautiful guitar. J200....man, oh man, congrats on making your own. I'll (as many others!) be looking forward to your build process.

I've also wanted a J-200 forever. The closest I came, was an early 80's Takamine J-200 copy. It was a very striking, very lovely looking guitar, played like a dream, but the tone was weak and choked.

A nice fella who used to stop by the store where I worked (and knew more about guitars at that time than I did) said...."They must have made it with green wood."
 

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The form, internal clamp and bending form all ready to go.
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Top/back shooting board set for my first run at it. I will shoot the edges until I can hold the pieces together and see no light through it when I hold it up to a light.
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In the glueing jig.
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Damn you are moving fast! are you retired or something?!?!
 

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I know what it is = no golf courses open right now…. ;)

looks great! So cool to make an entire guitar out of one piece of wood.
 

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I fell in love with the J200 model acoustic a long time ago, just never bought one, they are kind of pricey. So, I finally decided to build one.

I am very fortunate to be friends with a forum member that is very generous with wood that he has. Recently he graciously gave me a really nice piece of flame maple. This is the board cut into manageable pieces.
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The plan is a very traditional J200, maple back, sides and neck. The neck will be laminated. Here is the wood after it was milled.
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This is the back with a spritz of water. Not glued up yet, just eyeballing it. More to come:
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Woohoo!
 

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I think I know why Freeman said what he did about the bridge. Most are POS with two bolts through it and an inside bridge plate of crap. Since I know you are better than that I have no worries 😊
 

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The back is out of the gluing jig. I mill the backs and tops to an initial thickness of .150, this gives a bit more gluing surface to work with. I will now mill this down to .110 or so. I leave them a few thousand proud of the final thickness for final sanding.

I also took a picture of an OM template sitting on the J-200 template. This is a fat bottom gal. Lol
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I think I know why Freeman said what he did about the bridge. Most are POS with two bolts through it and an inside bridge plate of crap. Since I know you are better than that I have no worries 😊

No, what I was talking about is the moustache bridge with all its cutouts and inlays. There was an article in an old issue of American Lutherie about how to make them. Looks like a total PITA (or maybe a good use for a cnc router).
 

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About to bend the sides. I pre-cut mine leaving the bottom a bit proud. Bandsaw blade broke last week, ordered a new on last Thursday, Amazon let me down for once, lost my order, so ordered it again this morning. Should arrive tomorrow. So I just marked the sides and got the bender ready. I do a mock bend so I know what blocks and springs I want to use. This is currently set up for a cutaway, one of the arms will be removed. As soon as the new blade arrives I will get busy.
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