The Idea

How did it all begin? Well, some time in late 2019 I stumbled upon a Youtube video of someone building a guitar. I don’t remember which video, but most likely it was something by Burls Art, at least his were some of ‘my’ first luthiery videos. Then there was this piece of art about Montreal based luthier Michael Greenwood building an acoustic steel-string guitar.

Anyway, I liked what I saw, went on looking for more guitar building videos, and before long I came across Ben Crowe’s videos just before the Great Guitar Build-Off 2020 started. By then I was hooked on luthiery.

I began to think about building a guitar myself, but was wasn’t sure whether I would be able to actually pull it off. And, of course, I didn’t have half of the tools necessary for the job, either. But somehow I kept coming back to the idea.

To cut a long story short, this spring I decided to jump in at the deep end and build a guitar from scratch. Maybe it would have made sense to start with a kit build, but that would be little more than gluing together prefabricated components, and where is the fun in that? So it had to be a scratch build.

The decision happened one evening when I was chatting with my youngest daughter. She immediately liked the idea of building our own guitar, so we decided to try our hand over the summer holidays, and here we are.


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