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Jamesonguitar
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Hi all,

 

I've bitten the bullet and signed up for the fantastic acoustic guitar making course here! I am a complete novice with any sort of woodworking... so this may end up being a little hard than I even imagine.

 

Anyway, if you want to follow on and give me some tips along the way, the first video is here...

 

cheers

 

James


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@jamesonguitar

Welcome to the group, I'll be watching with interest as I intend to build an acoustic at some point, also by following Mark's course.  While I admire you're dedication to sanding, I think I would have waited for the new bandsaw blade and acrylic for your router base.


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Cheers!

 

yeah, basically by the time i finished, the acrylic arrived… but i learned something: sanding can be fun, for a while with some music on. And buy a hand sander!


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@jamesonguitar

And buy a hand sander!

A hand plane is a very useful tool too, and much .more fun than sanding.


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Welcome @jamesonguitar. Cool video. I agree with @robin. You have a lot more patience than I do. I would not have made it through that much sanding. :). Great perseverance. I was watching and think.... even a small hand plane would have got you closer to the line and then just finish with the sanding. Much respect for pushing through and getting that done. I'll be following along with your videos. I'm just starting my finishing process on my second acoustic build. Happy building. 🙂 


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Thanks Bpower. I quite enjoyed the meditative part of it really. But it would probably be a waste of time to do it very often!

in answer to both of you about hand planes… i have bought two, but they aren’t sharpened yet and honestly of all the tools they are the ones that i feel i am most likely to damage the wood with. Well at least until i get something to sharpen them with. Looking forward to trying them at that point.

 

how have you found the second build in comparison to the first?

 

cheers


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I think you’re doing ok so far and you’ve made a good video. 

Some people call me a tool, others are less complimentary. Tools being useful things.


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Cheers, much appreciated!

 

i actually had made an error that i didn’t get on camera so didn’t bother explaining . In charging ahead i had forgotten you have to keep the heel block from the neck blank, so i had just cut this part off in random bits… ended up having to sand one of those bits back to square!

 

i also routed the fillet to cover the truss rod… and then totally forgot about that bit and cut it in half without thinking.

 

but you know what… i probably won’t do either of those things ever again!


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Hey @jamesonguitar. The second build is going soooooo much better now that I know what to expect and I know the parts that I really messed up with my first one. I know the parts that I needed to slow down and make sure I got right. I almost don't want this one to by my wife's guitar. 🙂 I still have a few mistakes in this guitar as well but it is all part of the process. I believe every one will keep getting better. Soon enough I might be able to call myself competent.  🙂


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That’s great to hear! I have a long way to go to get to your point… but really enjoying the process along the way


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anyway, if you want to follow on and give me some tips along the way, the first video is here...

Subscribed! 😀


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Very nice. Looking forward to seeing your progress. I'm also planning on documenting my guitar building journey.


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cheers! 🙂


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Good luck... it is a lot of fun, so far!


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@jamesonguitar I’m glad you are dedicated to having a go and you will definitely learn a lot and have fun doing it. 

It’s good to see you documenting your guitar build but I must just say something, and I mean this in the nicest possible way. I definitely think you shouldn’t put too much detail into each video. Not only will it be a bit easier for the viewer but it won’t be just copying Mark’s “how to” videos from his course and reproducing your own version of them onto YouTube. I really am not having a go at you, I just wanted to point out what may not have been taken into consideration. Sorry if I sound like I’m an old grumpy sod. I’m not trying to spoil your fun but I think if you get the balance right with your videos, they will have enough footage in them (but not too much) to inspire people to come to GuitarBuilding.co.uk and sign up for the course. 

I’m pleased you are here, I enjoyed watching your video and I look forward to more from you. 

I still haven’t ventured into the acoustic building yet, I am all about the electric guitar but if there is anything I can help you with, I will gladly do so. 

Enjoy. 👍 

Boo. 

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Hi, and thanks for the feedback. Always happy to get constructive criticism.

 

i was thinking, though, for my ‘audience’ who don’t know the course, the structure of it for them will not have the context of someone who has seen the course. They won’t link the way I go along the build with anything else, so if they are someone that wants to see in depth then it should be ok. 

either way, one thing i’ve learned on youtube… you can’t please all of the people all of the time

 

cheers

 

james


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Always happy to get constructive criticism.

 

i was thinking, though, for my ‘audience’ who don’t know the course, the structure of it for them will not have the context of someone who has seen the course. They won’t link the way I go along the build with anything else, so if they are someone that wants to see in depth then it should be ok. 

@jamesonguitar That’s great James, thanks. Criticism on here will always be constructive, nothing is ment to harm or discourage anyone’s creativity and confidence. 

either way, one thing i’ve learned on youtube… you can’t please all of the people all of the time

Yes, in the current online climate, this is true enough. 🤣 

Good luck with everything and I look forward to watching your build. 👍

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