First-Guitar

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@dvicio_andres: Mi primera guitarra.

“My first guitar.”

Hola. Aquí os enseño la primera guitarra que yo tuve cuando tenía 13 años. Que me la encontré en la basura y no estaba tan rota. La reparamos y con esta aprendí. Por eso la voy a prestar a un amigo, para que aprenda.

“Hello. Here I show you the first guitar I had when I was 13 years old. I found it on the garbage and it wasn’t too broken. We fixed it and I learned with it. So I’m gonna lend it to a friend so he can learn.”

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Well… they are both done!  My first guitar(s).

I don’t really have a bucket list, but if I did, building a guitar was definitely on it.  So, hypothetically speaking, could I check that off my list twice?

Started these somewhere toward the end of February and finished construction yesterday, June 11th.  So I guess they are Gemini.  Fitting being that they are twins.  Only 9 grams difference in weight.

Accomplished several things I wanted:

-Cut and built every single detail from scratch, from veneers, to rosette, to binding and purfling.

-Used mostly hand tools with the exception of a band saw and a drill press.  Add a router for the binding on number two. 

-Finished with french polish.

-Used all found or reclaimed materials.  Only purchased items were the tuners, fret wire and the bone nuts and saddles (and strings).  Maybe add some tool purchases along the way :)

-They work.  I think they actually sound pretty good.

I’m sure I’ll make more.  In fact in the near future I’ll be participating in an online build-along through a forum I’ve been posting on.  That build will be modeled after a Gibson OO Nick Lucas model.  I’ll make two.  And I will take my time.  I’ve been obsessed with finishing these.  I need a break, at least for a bit.  I’m sure I’ll get back to other random projects pretty quickly.

Thanks for all the comments, feedback, and encouragement.  I appreciate it!  

Dave

It’s been a few years, but I found this in my attic two nights ago. This is my pride and joy. My baby. My first guitar. My Great Uncle Bob gave this to me about 4 years ago and molded me into the musician I am today. Unfortunately, he lives in Ohio with the rest of my family who I haven’t seen in 2 and a half years. This guitar was crafted in the 70s. It is an amazing instrument, but I have retired it because of its age and the fact that it is incredibly hard to string. In the end, this guitar is probably the best gift ever given to me.

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