How to Make an Acoustic Guitar – The Mahogany Dreadnought

This is the introductory post for my new weekly series on making an acoustic guitar from start to finish. It’s called How to Make an Acoustic Guitar – The Mahogany Dreadnought, and you will get to watch the entire process unfold each week. Enjoy.

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Introduction to the Build

how-to-make-an-acoustic-guitar-weekly-post-series-with-tips-and-tricks-for-new-guitar-makersThis is an all Mahogany (Sapele) dreadnought acoustic guitar, with a Martin scale length, and a East Indian Rosewood fretboard and bridge.

I plan on covering the process in very detailed posts, which means the series will carry on for the better part of a year.

In the posts you will see mostly common tools, and some that are specific to guitar making. The way I explain guitar making has always been for the new builders and woodworkers, so I use common tools to help you save money.

They work just as well, and you can make beautiful looking guitars. You really need a lot less than you think to make a great guitar. It’s really more about you than your tools anyway, which I will demonstrate quite a bit in the posts.

See Also: Acoustic Guitar Making For Beginners

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My Guitar Building Style

How-to-Make-an-Acoustic-Guitar-Mahogany-DreadnoughtI am a cheap builder, and I like to do a lot of things myself. This is actually really good for you, because it means you will be able to take my methods into your own shop without buying a truck full of tools.

When you make a guitar, you are essentially making a really long woodworking project, and there is no reason to make it more complicated than that. I’ll show you the tricks to picking out wood, making joints, binding, inlay, finishing, and ending up with a guitar that you can be proud of.

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It’s not about doing any big thing right. It’s about doing a lot of small things right. If you can do that, you can make a guitar. Also, if you follow this series to the end, you will have a much better understanding of the process for when you build your own guitar.

See Also: 10 Important Questions to Ask Yourself Before Making an Acoustic Guitar

How the Series Will Work

How-to-Make-an-Acoustic-Guitar-Mahogany-Dreadnought-1I am going to start this series right from the beginning, and I will cram as many tips, tricks, and techniques into each post as possible.

The posts will come out every Monday, which is going to be the guitar making post day going forward. It used to be Monday.

If you have been looking for a really good series on making a guitar, and one that has actionable tips you can apply right in your shop, then this is your series.

Take a moment and subscribe to the weekly post delivery service below. This way, you will get all the posts from the week sent right to you in an email, and you won’t miss any part of this amazing build.

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This is going to be a fun journey together. I hope you are ready to learn all about making an acoustic guitar from start to finish.

What to Expect in Each Guitar Making Post

I enjoy explaining things and teaching new guitar makers how to build. This is a passion of mine, and I can go on and on for a long time. Anyone that has my books knows I can cover a topic really well.

That being said, some of the posts will be longer and some will be more concise. I am going to cover the steps in the build with a lot of detail, assuming you don’t know a lot about guitar making in most cases.

This is the best way to transfer as much knowledge about guitar making as possible, and give you the best chance when you make your first. In the end, you should be able to avoid a lot of beginner mistakes, and have an easier build.

Both of these things will give you a much better head start.

Coming Next Week

The next post in the series How to Make an Acoustic Guitar – The Mahogany Dreadnought is about picking out the wood. There is a trick to buying one board to make an entire guitar with, and I’ll show you that too.

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This part of the build will also cover initial milling of the pieces, and getting them ready to be turned into the different parts of the guitar. It’s all about Mahogany in the post, and you will see how one board can be made into a whole guitar.

Next Post: How to Make an Acoustic Guitar Part One

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