acoustic guitar

This steel string acoustic guitar is modeled on the OM (Orchestra Model) first made by C.F. Martin.

Although I have a fair amount of confidence in my woodworking ability, I’ve never made a musical instrument prior to this one so this project required the use of some unfamiliar techniques and further complicated by the fact I don’t play the guitar. I made this instrument “from scratch”, using fine, traditional woods common to high-end acoustics:

Sound board: sitka spruce with burled walnut inlay
Binding: koa
Back and sides: east indian rosewood
Neck: sapele
Fretboard: ebony
Headstock veneer: ebony
Accent strip on back: curly maple
Finish: lacquer
Wood resource: Carlton McLendons Rare Woods & Veneers, Atlanta GA

My “teacher” for this new undertaking was the book “Guitarmaking – Tradition and Technology” by William Cumpiano. In researching which book to use as a guide, this was one of the most recommended and referred-to resource. I also was impressed with the guitars which Cumpiano has produced over many years which sealed my decision. The book goes beyond just being a step-by-step “how-to” guide, but also gives history and theory that relate to the steel string acoustic.

Below are some photos which illustrate the major steps of this guitar build.

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