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Buy this book, it will reveal the steps to you. Armed with the steps…look up YouTube videos on those steps for supplementary info and a more in depth look (many of the steps have updated processes that are easier / use more modern tools not available when book was written)
I know very little about it, but I believe If you want to build an electric guitar… you just order a neck and a body and just bolt them together and then call yourself a luthier 🤣
Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology (Guitar Reference) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0811806405/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_X61ZG953Y3C6T3G8B2EF
Sadly I don’t which is the biggest reason for not having made more. I do still have the book I used, which I found invaluable.
Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar (Guitar Reference) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0811806405/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_fabc_RQPB4Y71W2DXRXA7QX2Y?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
I’d happily pass it to you if you want
You might want to pick up a good book about guitar building, even though you're working from a kit. http://www.amazon.com/GUITARMAKING-Guitar-Reference-Jonathan-Natelson/dp/0811806405/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_y is a pretty reliable and exhaustive text on the subject, and it's extremely affordable for how much information it contains.
Buy this book (you won't regret it): Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar (Jonathan Natelson, William Cumpiano)
Many years ago I purchased and read this book. It was definitely worth the purchase price.
Building a guitar is NOT like other kinds of woodworking. The tools used aren't found in your typical cabinetry/furniture wood shop. You can definitely run into some serious expenses just in tooling up.
The other fun thing about building your own guitar is that suitable wood is hard to come by. This is because guitar wood must be quartersawn and free of defects. Most people end up buying the top, back, and sides from an instrument lumber shop, which can also be pretty expensive.
Good luck if you go forward with the project! If you do, please post pics of your finished result.
This is the book on building acoustic guitars.
Good luck with your build! Books can be very useful, I got most of my techniques for this build out of Koch's book and Cumpiano's book
Planing the shorter side will give available length for the headstock, so that's what I always do. Plus if you tried to plane the short side, I think you'd run the risk of damage or tear out near the knife edge.
I don't have pics but I use the method from Cumpiano's book:
Also detailed here:
Some books I recommend (and can probably be found cheaply used on Amazon)
Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology (Guitar Reference) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0811806405/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_CkL7Db2YMXE78
Definitive book on technique. Covers both nylon and steel spring outlining both traditional hand tools and power tools. Only one style of bracing for each but there's plenty here to get you started.
This one (along with the expensive simogi books- 'the responsive guitar') is more about theory and bracing styles:
The Luthier's Handbook: A Guide to Building Great Tone in Acoustic Stringed Instruments https://www.amazon.com/dp/0634014684/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_UnL7DbFD2VDNK
I recently bought this book
with the intention of building my own guitar later in the year perhaps. Also, I found this blog which was very helpful.
I built one using this book
Its really a great walkthrough with nice pictures and descriptions. I really didn't need any major power tools either.
I recommend you start off with a good kit and a book.
Welcome to luthiery.