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Has anyone built a classical guitar?  


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I do make myself laugh..... I've got that many unfinished projects, both guitar building and otherwise, that I really don't need another....However 🤣

I dusted off a copy of Bogdanovitch's build a classical guitar book and now having, completed Mark's BYOA course, makes a whole lot more sense than before

Are there any different pitfalls for me to inevitably find or is it largely a similar process as any other acoustic?

The bracing is different I know but is there a good reason not to have a go?

Also @Mark presumably your regular acoustic back and sides, soundboard and neck blanks could be used with the excess used to cut for bindings etc.

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Hi James, I made a nylon strung Maccaferri which has pretty standard classical bracing.

My only comment would be that you have to be very careful when setting the neck angle as, without a truss rod, you have very little, if any, means of adjustment after the neck is glued on. My experience was that the string tension, even with Vinnie Jones strings (extra hard) hardly pulls the neck forward at all. Mind you, the neck in question had three carbon fibre reinforcements so I guess it was never going to move very much. It has meant me having to fit an over-height saddle to stop string buzz but I'm going give the frets some grief the next time I have all the strings off to see if this helps at all.


You can never have too many half finished guitars but my wife says that it is possible to have too many finished guitars! I don't get it!!