Hmmm. I took my guitar building in a different direction. I built mine in two weeks knowing it was gong to be a learning experience. I've done wood my whole life. I still recall vividly drilling a hole while straddling a log whilst wearing a pair of those Toughskin jeans when I was about four years old. Let's just say I am lucky to not have become a castrati as that half inch drill bit wrapped my bits around and around. Toughskin jeans indeed!
I have a shop and know how to use a table saw, band saw, drill press, and chisels.
I basically thought about a head stock and proceeded to teach myself how to make pegs and tapered holes. It took about three iterations in about a week before I figured out my way. Afterwords I did a little research and found I had reinvented the wheel. Lucky me.
While reading about head stocks I picked up a few, then about seven, guitar building books and in 15 days, actually the morning of the sixteenth I was stringing up my first model in the white.
Knowing I might be cutting this one up in the band saw I just built it using local wood: a block of spruce using three pieces for the top, hickory for the headstock pegs and bridge, sides back and neck from white poplar, fretboard and headstock vainer out of an oak pallet leg that actually has some mudduler Rays that I used to effect. Bridge and nut from a pice of Corain I cut out of a sink. I even routed and shaved a ring for the rosette out of the yellow marbled stuff. The frets were a challenge but after twenty of them I had that wired. I toasted my first side bending but the sides were thick enough was able to sand out the brown. The other side was a snap. I think I made all the top ten mistakes and no doubt I don't know enough to know what else I buggered up.
Funny thing though, after about a week of working her for a good two to three hours every day and she is really opening up. She sounds really good and the bass really turned on tonight. I was working some old Boweres ( spelling?) with that syncopated bass line and the girl was humming loud but tight.
I am already cutting up wood for the next one. Buddy of mine says he has some old spruce logs he is going to trade for some of my stash and I'm gong to see if I can get some decent tone wood.
Anyway, it's a process with just as many ways to tackle as there are those willing to take blocks of wood and shape them into music.
I dream of a month or two in Spain with a master luthier but it's out of my price range. I dream of the perfect guitar but to be honest one needs to ask, what do we want: something to play, something to brag about, something to sell. In the end us hobbyist luthiers are on a quest where the goal is a process rather then conclusion?
My goal is a classical guitar that sounds better then all those plastic looking things you see, and I've played, in every generic guitar shop; deadwood with gloss. My goal is to build a guitar to play.
My fingers are a touch sore but I'm looking up at... Darn a name, do people name their guitars, what should I call her, standing there on her tail block, still in the nude as it were... Anyway I'm typing this on my iPad thinking I should get up and try one more time to recall those last three bars of that song whose name I still can't recall...
I hate sanding wood or anything else for that matter I just happen to be good at it...