Build a Woodshop Folk Guitar Plans
These plans are to build a handmade acoustic folk guitar.
What makes this a good guitar? For one
thing, the materials.The top is fine-grain spruce
and the other parts are Honduras mahogany—both "musical grade" woods.
Cheap models may
use gumwood, birch veneer, etc., usually covered
with a heavy coat of finish that is too thick for
Another quality feature is the large-size authentic "folk" shape. The size provides volume,
and the shape at the "waist" lets you string the
instrument "heavy" if you wish. In addition, the
neck joins the body at the fourteenth fret instead
of the twelfth, allowing easier fingering low on
A third feature is the construction. The top is
braced with special "fan" bracing instead of the
simpler symmetrical bracing. With fan bracing,
you get extra strength where the "string loading"is heaviest. Without it, your guitar may be fine in
the treble or in the bass, but rarely in both.
Finally, the cost is kept down by eliminating
the banding and purling often used to ornament
commercial guitars and which have no effect
on the musical quality.
In spite of the delicate-seeming nature of any
stringed instrument, a guitar is not difficult to
make. The most critical aspect is the selection of
materials, and all the materials mentioned here
are available in "musical-instrument grade."
Prices will vary between suppliers, and the cost
of the finished instrument will also depend on
how much you wish to pay for a fingerboard and
tuning keys, plus the cost of a commercial bridge
if you decide to buy one rather than make your
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