Building Acoustic Guitars

Not all acoustic guitars are built in factories—in fact, some of the finest guitars I have ever played were hand crafted, one at a time, in little woodshops (or in my case, a high-rise condominium kitchen) all over the world.

As I’m passionately drawn toward both music and design, I suppose it was only a matter of time before I felt compelled to take up lutherie (the art of making stringed instruments). As a result, I designed and built my first acoustic guitar years ago, which proved to be one of the most challenging and rewarding processes I’ve ever undertaken.

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While the process is comprised of hundreds of mini-tasks, the entire build encompassed nearly a year and a half.

As I went from this…                                                                  …to this…

… I chronicled my creative successes as well as my spectacularly idiotic failures in an instructional blog with the intention of encouraging others, as knowledge about the subject is sparse. Since its inception, I have mentored over 100 first-time luthiers and routinely find my email inbox populated with either technical questions or other people’s resultant process photos, each to which I happily reply.

If you’re looking for an ‘off-the-beaten-path’ hobby that is simultaneously challenging and relaxing, perhaps give guitar lutherie a try…