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Building an Acoustic Guitar - The Build Process: a Detailed, Illustrated Documentary

My aim, in setting out to document this acoustic guitar build, is to provide a detailed look at the process of building an acoustic guitar. As of this writing, I'm undecided on a model but am thinking about one of these three: OM model; Dreadnought model; or a Gibson J-45 model. This blog will document and detail each step in the process and will ultimately include a corresponding set of videos that I'll post on my Youtube site for Scism Designs.


I've got a beautiful set of cherry back and sides with a Sitka Spruce top. The basic setup includes: Ebony fretboard, ebony bridge (2-1/8" string spacing), mahogany dovetail neck and mating neck block as well as a mahogany tail block; top bracing out of Sitka Spruce and back braces made from mahogany. I haven't yet decided on the binding - although I am leaning toward a flamed maple binding - or the purfling, nor have I decided on a rosette, tuners, bridge pins, back center strip, heelcap, tail-wedge and the myriad of other items that go into a guitar build.


Inlay - I plan to inlay the head-stock with my standard logo for Scism Designs and am thinking about a vine and leaf/flower design on the fretboard.


Materials were largely sourced from luthier supply companies on Ebay and from Luthier Mercantile International, Inc (LMI). The following are links to those suppliers:



Here's an overview video - posted in an earlier segment from this blog :


Photo Journal of Building an OM Model -


The blog covering the current (or soon to be built) will be a substantially more detailed look at building - the build will start once we get out of the grip of this winter storm and the shop warms up just a bit - it's currently about 17* outside.










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