As I mentioned elsewhere, I've been asked to document the step by step build of an acoustic for a friend who thinks he might want to try it. There is some interest here so I thought this would be a good place to do it. The guitar is built (and my friend has played it) so its not a true work in progress, but I did take enough pictures to document it. Some background. I've built a couple dozen guitars to this point, most of them acoustics of some sort. I tend to build something that is missing from my collection - to add a new sound or shape or style of guitar. I happen to really like small bodied vintage guitars - I am a fingerstyle player with roots in the old blues and what John Fahey called "American primative". This will be a guitar that I think fits that genre. Almost all of my guitars have a story - this one has several. Over the years I had several opportunities to acquire a vintage small bodied guitar, it just never happened. One day I was visiting my son (who is also a player and builder) and we were just hanging out at music stores in Portland, kicking tires, strumming things hanging on the wall. At one store I kept coming back to a little Santa Cruze mahogany guitar - very simple looking, no bling, but it had that sound that I had not heard in a modern guitar. As we walked out of the store my son said "dad, I thought that little guitar was going to follow us home". "No, I said, but I'm going to go home and build it" There were a lot of companies making this style of guitar in the early part of the 20th century - Washburn, Martin, Gibson all had inexpensive small bodied guitars. I tend to think of Martin and their nomenclature - their guitars were numbered with the smaller the number the bigger the body. A size 1 is bigger than a size 5, a size 0 (pronounced "ought") is bigger than a 1, a 00 ("double ought) bigger that and 0, 000 (triple ought) bigger still. By todays standards a 000 is still a fairly small guitar but in 1920 that was a standard size. I already have a 000 and a 0, so I decided to build something in between. I took my 000 plans and downloaded several others and started putting together a composite. I'm not going to try to build a replica of any particular model - I just want the general style. I came up with a size I liked and called TKL to make sure that it would fit a standard size case (I learned that lesson long ago). They said it would so I ordered the case. Now I'm committed. I looked thru my wood box and discovered that I had almost everything I need. Honduras mahogany for the back, sides and top, a 1x3 mahogany neck black, some mahogany and rosewood binding, a fretboard, bridge and other odds and ends. I can build a guitar out of this Here is a closer view of the top with a little alcohol to bring out the color. It will do nicely Now I'm really committed.