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Kaneohe til the end
09-06-2009, 01:18 AM
http://guitars.musiciansfriend.com/product/Martin-Build-Your-Own-Guitar-Kit?sku=419020


the reviews on the site say you need to be an experienced woodworker, and although i am not one, i work with a few:rolleyes:. has anyone had any experience with these? does anyone think this might not be worth it?
thanks in advance

Sigmund
09-06-2009, 01:48 AM
My first build was a Martin kit in mahogany. The kit is high quality with nicely fitted pieces and goes together well. The toughest part is the fretting and neck alignment/action setting, which is a bit tricky because the guitar scale is quite long. My action is a bit high on that one.

You can also expect to have to acquire some tools if you don't already own or have access to them. A Dremel tool or precision router is almost essential and a band saw or scroll saw is a big help in cutting out the top and back. Lots of clamps are necessary and you will have to create a few jigs to do the work.

I don't know if the Martin plans are available for download, but Stewart Macdonald has kits and I believe you can download their plans in PDF format. That will give you a better idea of the work involved and the tools and supplies necessary.

experimentjon
09-06-2009, 06:25 PM
Oh wow, that looks pretty cool. But I also suspect that you'e paying a premium there for the Martin name. If you've got the guts, and aren't afraid of accidently ruining a model kit that costs that much, go for it. I'm sure the shop has tons of spare parts anyway...I mean if you accidently break the soundboard, you could always just replace it w master grade koa when nobody is looking... :P

Kaneohe til the end
09-06-2009, 06:47 PM
Oh wow, that looks pretty cool. But I also suspect that you'e paying a premium there for the Martin name.

thats exactly what i was thinking. might go with the stew mac kit instead.

ricdoug
09-13-2009, 09:54 PM
You might want to read:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Build-Your-Own-Acoustic-Guitar/H6819

http://www.grizzly.com/images/pics/jpeg500/h/h6819.jpg

first, Kaneohe til the end. It will give you a better idea into the details, tools and techniques.

Also, you might want to try a simpler kit first, to get an idea of the basics:

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Ukulele-Kit/H3125

http://www.grizzly.com/images/pics/jpeg500/h/h3125.jpg

http://www.grizzly.com/products/Western-Steelstring-Kit/H3098

http://www.grizzly.com/images/pics/jpeg500/h/h3098.jpg

ricdoug
09-13-2009, 10:16 PM
http://www.sagamusic.com

flyingace
09-25-2009, 06:41 AM
I just ordered the grizzly ukulele kit yesterday, thought it'd be a great way to get into building, simple at first, then work up to harder builds as I gain tools and knowledge. If I like it, then maybe in a few years, when we're done building our new house with workshop, I can tackle custom scratch builds like Pete Howlett and Chuck Moore, etc. I'd love to design and build ukes!

flyingace
09-29-2009, 07:44 AM
Okay, update:
I got the grizzly uke kit. I realize i only paid $24.95 plus $6.25 shipping for it. but really, the quality is even lower than I ever thought! The frets have gouges in them. The every piece of wood except the neck is plywood, including the fretboard!! The fretboard is three ply with the worst quality rosewood on top. The body is stapled to the neck joint block and the soundhole is mishapen.

I called grizzly to get either a refund or replacement. They tell me that I will have to pay to ship back, then pay 10% restocking fee on top of that, the pay to ship the replacement!

I told them forget it. I'll play with this "toy" then document the build and show people what you really get.

I guess after that I'll buy a real kit from stewmac or one of the other places, then work my way up to either building from scratch or from pete howlett.

To the buyer beware, you get what you pay for!

JBennett
09-30-2009, 09:02 AM
Well, I look forward to seeing how it turns out. Who knows, it might turn out to be a fun player.

cornfedgroove
10-01-2009, 06:32 AM
Okay, update:
I got the grizzly uke kit. I realize i only paid $24.95 plus $6.25 shipping for it. but really, the quality is even lower than I ever thought! The frets have gouges in them. The every piece of wood except the neck is plywood, including the fretboard!! The fretboard is three ply with the worst quality rosewood on top. The body is stapled to the neck joint block and the soundhole is mishapen.

I called grizzly to get either a refund or replacement. They tell me that I will have to pay to ship back, then pay 10% restocking fee on top of that, the pay to ship the replacement!

I told them forget it. I'll play with this "toy" then document the build and show people what you really get.

I guess after that I'll buy a real kit from stewmac or one of the other places, then work my way up to either building from scratch or from pete howlett.

To the buyer beware, you get what you pay for!

i wanna see a video of that