My Guitar Projects


The Finished ProductMy wife, Wendy, is quite an accomplished luthier.  Over the past several years, she's built two violins, a viola, a cello, three acoustic guitars, and (along with a friend - Bethany) a double bass.  So, in 2009, I decided I was going to build an acoustic guitar.  I signed up for the Musical Instrument Construction course at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Haliburton during the summer of 2009.  The course is run by a Toronto luthier named Phil Davis.  Phil provides the basic materials, plans, and instruction so a person can get started building a violin or a mandolin or a guitar.  It's a fabulous course where you'll meet a lot of great people.  If you've ever thought you might like to build your own instrument - just do it !  It's a lot of fun !

I decided I was going to build a copy of the very popular Martin Dreadnought acoustic guitar.  Being my first project, Phil suggested using very basic, common materials.  My guitar has a Sitka spruce top (soundboard) with mahogany neck, sides, and back.  The rosette, peg head veneer, fingerboard and bridge are all rosewood.

I started the project on the course in August 2009 and finished it just after the second course in August 2010.  It would have been finished a lot sooner but we ended up selling our house and moving during the winter and I lost a lot of time getting reorganized and getting my shop set up again.  But it's finished now and I'm very pleased with the results.  It has a very nice mellow tone with a rich bottom end.

But now I'm hooked on the craft.  I've already got the wood for my second guitar.  It's going to be the same style but it'll have an Engleman spruce soundboard with a mahogany neck and black walnut sides and back and detailing.  A friend and I are also starting work on two 1959 Gibson Les Paul flame-top electric guitars.  After that, I'm planning on building a Benedetto acoustic / electric guitar.