Guitar Making Tip No. 2 is about choosing a design for your first guitar. It can be tempting to go for a wild design on the first round. If you are making an acoustic guitar, going with a classic design can be a life saver. Here is why.
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Making a Classic Design for Your Guitar
That being said, there is no reason to compound the matter by trying to make a Picasso style guitar on round one.
Sometimes the exuberance of the beginner overtakes common sense, and before you know it a big project becomes a huge project. I want to encourage you to dream, but to also lay a good foundation first.
There are a number of reasons to go with a classic design on the first guitar. Not only are you working with something that has been established, has a track record, and is common, you are also doing yourself a big favor that may not seem super obvious right away…
Books on Wild Guitar Designs Don’t Exist
If you decide to make a wild looking guitar shape, you are going to be most likely on your own the entire time. There are no books that I am aware of that will show you how to brace a very interesting guitar so that it sounds good, or how to thickness the plates, set the neck angle, etc.
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When you color too far outside the lines you are going alone most of the time. After you make a few guitars you will be able to do these things pretty well, and can work on a guitar like this. However, in the beginning you want to have a guide.
Follow a good book for your first guitar. My Top 5 Acoustic Guitar Making Books shows you the books that I used to teach myself about guitar making. Any of these are a great resource, and you will execute a classic design in an easy to follow manner.
Don’t Go Alone on Your First Guitar
This is going to be a journey. It’s a journey that you can do…you just need to make sure that you are not going alone. When you choose a classic design like a Dreadnought, Orchestra Model, or Jumbo, you are setting yourself up for success right away.
Classic shapes are classics for a reason. They have stood the test of time and won the battle. They are great sounding, appeal to a large number of players, and are a great representation of guitar making.
This is why the major guitar making books are written with these styles. They start you off with a solid design, and then you take it from there.
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