Or did you mean an acoustic 12-string?
BTW, that DIYNet program was the thing that inspired me to try building
an acoustic instrument, after building solid-bodies for three years.
On 11/10/2005 12:13 AM Steve mumbled something about the following:
Err, I have an Ibanez 12 string acoustic, not an Ovation. One of my
ex's kept the Ovation I had and I have no recollection of what happened
to my Martin DM12 other than possibly selling it for drugs in my younger
I want a hardbody 6 string, that's what I was thinking for building from
some spalted maple. I don't think maple would make a good soundboard
for an acoustic.
On 11/11/2005 7:55 AM Mike Marlow mumbled something about the following:
1955 Les Paul TV model specs: Maple body, full 24.75" scale, neck meets
body at 16th fret. By mid to late 1955 mahogany bodies are the norm for
this model (serial# 5 57xx maple, 511xxx mahogany).
From Godin's website
We use premium grade rock maple in the Detour, Radiator, SD, Exit 22,
Freeway Classic and Freeway 4 & 5 models.
Lot's of companies use maple for the body. It's all about the sound you
want to get, and the weight you want to end up with.
A number of years ago, I attended some one-week summer classes at a college
in West Virginia. The classes were mostly about music & dancing (mostly
making the former and doing the latter), but they also has a number of
"craft" classes, ranging all the way up to building a log cabin (they built
it right there on campus). The classes were almost all about one week's
duration, but there were so many that the whole program lasted about four or
five weeks. Each week had some sort of "theme," such as "Dance Week" or
"Blues Week" or "Bluegrass Week." This was a total immersion learning
experience--you stayed in a dorm room, ate at the school cafeteria, went to
classes during the day, attended evening concerts given by the instructors,
practiced and/or played in jam sessions around campus 'til the wee hours,
drank at the campus pub (where EVERYBODY played and sang better), rolled
into bed, then got up and started all over.
Finally getting to the point, I remember that over the years there were a
number of different instrument-making classes. In fact, one of my most
wonderful memories was a concert in which the instructor in the
guitar-building class was up on stage with a fellow named Robin Kessinger,
and they just sat there and played off one another (flat pickin') still
smoke started coming off their fingers. When they finished, bowed, and left
the stage, the applause JUST WOULD NOT STOP (there was a STRICT no encore
policy in effect). Well after a while, the Program Director came out on
stage and asked the audience to please sit down and stop applauding so that
they could get on with the program. Well, that didn't work, so after a
while, they came out and asked again. When it STILL didn't work, they
finally relented and sent the two of them back out for an encore. I'll
never forget that.
My recommendation here is that you look into Augusta Heritage
http://www.augustaheritage.com/index.html or some similar program. I think
you'll be delighted that you took the time. Who knows? Maybe your wife
will sign up for a class too. Believe me, it's worth your time.
About the time I started building my first acoustic guitar in January, I
found this web site, which has step-by-step illustrated instructions on
building an acoustic guitar. It was very helpful to me.
Take a look--this is a great resource for the beginning guitar builder.
Also, you might consider a kit. They're available from Martin, from
Stewart-MacDonald (www.stewmac.com), and Luthier's Mercantile
(www,lmii.com). And there's at least one vendor on Ebay that sells
acoustic guitar kits as well.
On Wed, 09 Nov 2005 18:42:54 -0500, Tom Watson wrote:
I made a xylophone a few years ago that I really enjoyed making and
playing, although I never practiced enough to get good at it. Finally
gave it to the grandkids.
I've got a hankering to build a hammered dulcimer next, or maybe just a
plucked one, but my project list is already long.
If you've got the time, have at it. At the very least you'll learn
Trapped! Trapped! Say goodbye to the cabinets - you're a doomed man! :^)
No, really, lutherie is a gas, and I had 1/1,000,000'th of your experience when
I tried my first one. I'm glad I don't need or care to earn a living from it,
Tom Watson wrote:
James T. Kirby
Center for Applied Coastal Research
Same here. But when a friend shows me his new acoustic guitar, I flip
it up and peer inside and see a tiny little sticker that says Made in
Korea - can't help but feel kinda sad... But you still have to smile
and strum a few strings and comment on how nicely it wounds.
Can't help but remember the first time playing a Korean piano.
Tight sound, good action, shy in the bass region, but not at all what
I was _used_ to hearing. It was so... sterile... I suppose it's a
personal thing. Like the wood was a little TOO tightly grained...
Yeah, give me some of that old, sloppy grained American wood.
I want harmonics!
So I may take a stab at it - it couldn't sound any worse than my
playing. Creating _nice_ sounding instruments is a black science...
Good Luck with your new obsession... <g>
Here in Los Angeles, there is a Mexican/American family, now in the 2nd
or 3rd generation, that custom build acoustic guitars.
They build them strictly for the pros.
If you have to ask "How Much?", you can't afford.
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