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There is a caul below the boards crossing the top to distribute pressure evenly along the edge of the top.

The carriage bolts were very cheap but covered in grease so it was a messy. I cut the sound hole using Stewmac’s attachment for the dremel.

Skip to main content. Definitly recommend Verified purchase: Briston, Jonwthan Jonathan Kinkead has been building guitars for nearly 30 years. Show More Show Less. I was surprised how easily the rosewood bent, especially compared to the figured maple I have used for my previous guitars.

You would think engineers would have a little more foresight I kept the body in the mold for support and stability. Kinkead’s expanders for the waist.

Jonathan Kinkead (Author of Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar)

You may notice in this picture that the body is shallower than the mold. Not very stimulating work but saved a lot of money and really didn’t take that long. Not only explaining the building process but covering the tools needed.


Thanks to Michael G. If you are planning to build a guitar read this book first. I’m planning on starting a guitar build as soon as I gather a few more of the small tools. Kinkead’s mold and worked very well throughout the whole process. I pegged the bridge to prevent it from being pulled up by the string tension, and used up graded tuners and strings. See details for kin,ead description. Obviously I skipped a few steps here in the documenting process.

By jonathna way, I forgot to mention that after sanding the top many steps ago, I applied a couple of thin coats of shellac to help keep the top from getting too dirty or stained during the construction process. The photo above is a picture of the mold under construction. People who bought this also bought.

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Below I am gluing the top to the sides. I’m reading several books on guitar building and this is one of the most helpful. Each step of the building sequence is clearly photographed in color, with variations to the standard design shown to enable you to personalize your instrument as you make it. I probably needed to refine the mold or the blocks a bit more.

His craft is born out of experience and intuition rather than a strict following of technical detail. I made two guitars using the same mold, the first guitar is the maple kinkeae.


I glued sheets of cork to the blocks of scrap and then mass produced spools. About this product Synopsis Every guitarist dreams of owning a handmade instrument, but for most, the cost is likely to be prohibitive. Kinkead for a very well-done book! Here’s a picture of one of the finished guitars.

Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar, Book – Hal Leonard Online

Oh well, maybe next time. Gluing in the linings. Every step of construction is joonathan covered, from choice, selection, and preparation of woods, to consideration of size, bracing, and tonal qualities.

Explains types of woods, tools used and techniques. If you are considering building an acoustic guitar or even if you just want to know how a guitar is constructed, this book is VERY comprehensive. I laid out and cut the notches for the braces in the kerfed linings. I find that it helps to plane them a little thinner in areas where tight bending is going to occur like kiniead a Venetian cut-away.

I replaced the preamp with one that jonathxn required two small holes for the volume and tone, I used an end jack so I wouldn’t have to add another hole. Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: