Am I crazy?

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  1. edd677

    edd677 Tele-Meister

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    This doesn't really have a lot to do with teles, but...
    I have some money set aside for a new acoustic, which I am in need of. I have been having so much fun though building my ash tele that I have decided to use that money to invest in some literature, materials, and a whole bunch of tools to build my own acoustic. Am I crazy? Anyone else around here build their own?
     
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    Google "Steve Dickie Youtube". He has a series of vids where he builds a acoustic from ground zero working from plans. It's very informative. After I watched his vids, I went to his site. He has a very interesting take on a single cutaway acoustic.

    And no, you're not crazy.
     
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    If you have to ask, you already know the answer. :D

    Have a ball making your own acoustic!
    :D:cool:
     
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    Yes , you are , and I have certified it . There is currently a thread on this forum that is dealing with this very thing . Probably not in the detail you are looking for , but I feel that all info is good , even the bad stuff . We do learn from mistakes .
     
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    By building your own acoustic, you just might learn something ........... and that's a good thing. Not for me though ........ no interest in acoustic guitars at this time and I'm sure if I built one it wouldn't be as good as my Martin.
     
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    Thanks for all your encouragement

    Ill definitely check it out, thanks for the info
    I have three books on order, guitar makers workshop, guitar makers manual, and guitar making: tradition and technology.
     
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    Martin's guitar makers shop located in their original building is a wonderful source for tools , etc. I know that it is not in your back yard , but If you get the chance to go to the Martin factory and take the tour you will not regret it . And it's free . The UMGF is a good forum for info just as this one is for electrics . Some day I'll get the guts to try an acoustic . Until then , my Martins will do just fine . You are going to learn sooo much .
     
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    I have done several.

    StewMac, Martin, and Luthiers Merchantile International are all excellent sources of material, supplies and plans.

    It might take you a couple of tries to find your mark...in my case on my third one I got to the point where people quit asking me, "Is that a real guitar or did you build it?"
     
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    I figured as much, to start off I am just going to build one out of the cheapest decent materials I can find, so far i have a really nice ziricote fingerboard I picked up for 15 dollars, and have my eye on some western red cedar on ebay, as well as some koa for the back and sides. I was actually planning on buying a handbuilt guitar from a luthier around here so I will have a fair bit to spend on this instead. Think I will pick up a bandsaw (for other stuff as well), new drill press, and a variety of hand planers and chisels to start off. I sure need to do some serious reading though before I start.
     
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