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09-13-2010 01:56 PM
time trap Awesome thread. But... where'd you go?
Also you mentioned that you build a lot of solid body guitars, I'd be very grateful for some tips on that. I basically just want to clone a tele'.
01-17-2010 08:56 AM
Mike Wingate Beware, Guitar building can become a compulsive addiction. I have built over 157 completed instruments, and helped over 100 of my students build their own. I started in the late 60's and think I am getting better.
01-16-2010 01:39 PM
George II
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I have many books George and read everything I can. Have a look at Guitar Building: Acoustic Guitar Building, Electric Guitar Making, Archtop Guitar Building, Guitar Repair, Violin Making, Dulcimer Making, Mandolin Building, Banjo Building, Drum Making! Brilliant site for inspiration and knowledge. Get as many catalogues as possible, StewMac, LMI..I have had a hankering for a Martin Backpacker, then tried one. Check out Dulcimeraddict. I normally build semi and solid electrics, so my acoustic methods may not suit all. This is a cheap instrument, and a good way for my pupils to learn some skills.
Thank You Mike,
I have signed up for three books to get us started before he arrives..I've tried to explain to him that this is not going to be two day job so, get his head on right before we start this project...Hell if all else fails it's something I've always wanted to do....

Thanks again,
Best Regards,
George Cole
"Regulae Stultis Sunt"
01-14-2010 12:57 PM
Mike Wingate I have many books George and read everything I can. Have a look at www.mimf.com Brilliant site for inspiration and knowledge. Get as many catalogues as possible, StewMac, LMI..I have had a hankering for a Martin Backpacker, then tried one. Check out Dulcimeraddict. I normally build semi and solid electrics, so my acoustic methods may not suit all. This is a cheap instrument, and a good way for my pupils to learn some skills.
01-14-2010 12:51 PM
Mike Wingate Thanks, the top is just over 0.100", but needs sanding and scraping.
01-14-2010 11:50 AM
kp91 Great photo diary, Mike. Very informative.

Beautiful project so far, especially from leftovers.

Can't wait to see the finished product. What is the final thickness of the top?
01-14-2010 11:12 AM
George II Mike, thank you so very much..your quit the artist..
My grandson (16 yrs.) is coming for a visit this summer and were talking about building a guitar...Like he couldn't pick something simple to do...Might you be able to suggest books, how-to, etc for guidance.. You photo bucket is a great inspiration.

Thanks ever so much..
Best Regards,
George Cole
"Regulae Stultis Sunt"
01-14-2010 08:48 AM
Mike Wingate
Still Boring but Routing

With 20 photos missing but available on
Acoustic Travel Guitar Build pictures by wingate_52 - Photobucket
Here are some with an element of routing and jigs and guide bushes.
01-01-2010 08:24 PM
BigJimAK <j/k> That or Gene Simmons gone accoustic? :-)
01-01-2010 02:56 PM
Mike Wingate Full marks Big Jim. I thinned down the Top and back to 0.125". Added some reinforcements to the sides, between the kerfing strips that are now glued in. And have just made the CAD pattern for routing and inlaying the rosette soundhole. When that is done, I will glue on the pine top and fan strut the underside, add a bridge reinforcement, then gkue on the back. Then I will route the neck cavity and fit the basic neck. It should then look more like a canoe paddle?
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