How to Make a Classical Guitar
Fulfill the dream of owning a hand-made classical guitar by making one yourself. You donít have to be a master woodworker to make your own classical guitar. There are some really good books and kits that will help you make a guitar that you can proudly use for many years.
What you will need
1. The first thing you will need is a book on the subject and I recommend two. The first is Classical Guitar Construction by Irving Sloane. This is a simple and straightforward book that takes you through the process. It also includes a template for all the parts of the guitar. The second book is considered the bible of guitar construction and it is: Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar (Guitar Reference) by William Cumpiano which is a much more complete reference that will also show you how to make folk guitars.
2. You must purchase, pre-made, some of the basic items for the guitar. These are the tuning pegs and the bridge. You will also need to purchase fret wire, purfling, the mosaic inlay, and a selection of wood both used directly in the guitar and indirectly for the forms and jigs that are used to make the guitar.
3. Tools needed. A half dozen hand tools will be needed to make your guitar and these include a plane, block saw, hand scraper, several chisels, jigsaw wire cutters, several clamps, a power drill, and a 6 inch circle cutter. The books explain all the tools needed.
The Basic Assembly process
What is the most difficult part?
When curving the sides of the guitar you have to soak them in water and then heat them so they can be slowly shaped to the correct curvature. This takes some practice but you donít have to guess at the shape. You make a jig that you use as a guide for a perfect fit. If you want to avoid this step you can purchase kits with the sides already pre-bent.
A little bit about the wood
The wood you use is of the utmost importance when it comes to how your guitar will sound. And Brazilian rosewood is the wood of choice for most classical guitars. But there are variations on this such as Spanish Cypress, which is often used for Spanish guitars. Other woods used are maple, birch, pear and mahogany.
Donít think you have the skill to do it all yourself?
There are many online dealers that will sell complete kits that have everything pre-cut and shaped correctly. All you have to do is assemble it and finish it. This is a good alternative if you donít think you want to tackle the whole project. You can also buy kits that have all the selections of wood uncut and raw so you can still do all the crafting.
Making your own classical guitar can be a challenge and it takes patience and some handy skills but it definitely something the average do it yourself person can accomplish. And the reward is a musical instrument that will be your lifetime companion.
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