Sounds like you are well on your way.
If this was my first build, I certainly WOULD be putting together a kit though.
By bypassing this beginner's step, you are going to not be seeing a bunch of stuff that would make the next 'real' build better. You have sure chosen the hard road here.
Have you already totally made up your mind?
We will all be interested here Don. I look forward to all the pics!
Weight may be an issue with the lower cost plywood. It's certainly something to keep in mind in any guitar.
Just for my 2 cents; I don't think I agree with you assessment that building a resonator is "less complicated" than building a standard acoustic. It IS different but they have technical requirements that all their own. I agreed with Kerry that a kit might kick you off better than you realize. There is already a LOT of work involved in getting a kit built and set up correctly to begin with and it will get a lot of the learning curve in those details under you belt before you embark on a scratch build.
Well Don you sound like my kind of man. Learn how to do it right from the start. As you move along and find any thing you are not to sure of just ask you have come to the right place.Someone will be glad to help you along.Bill............
I'm NOT a builder but I have a question regarding laminates/plywood.
Isn't QUALITY instrument 'plywood' constructed differently than utility plywood. I've been under the impression that instrument grade 'plywood' is laminated with all grain patterns running in the same direction. Utility plywood, on the other hand, is constructed using alternating grain patterns.
It would seem very difficult to bend the sides of alternating grain plywood. I ask only to save the OP time and material cost if my observation is correct. If it's not, I'll end up a bit more educated.
Thanks guys :) And Don: cool project. Best of luck :)
Paul and Don, the several wrecked laminate guitars I have seen, all have alternating woodgrain. I have no clue what you have seen that would be different.
Don, my understanding of the differences between the aircraft and utility plywoods is that the aircraft stuff is put through a WAYYYY heavier pressing process, and that in it, there a 0% voids.
The utility will be way different than that, and likely contain lots of voids...
This is one of the main reasons that a lot of newbee builders use premium wood for their first builds. If nothing else, they used the BEST wood.