Custom Dreadnought Guitar #24 83

Completed June, 2010

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When this Virginia customer purchased a Martin guitar kit, he discovered he'd bitten off more than he could chew: The top was sanded and the rosette was installed, the sides were bent, and the neck was rough-shaped. Other than that, it was basically a typical build-from-scratch project that I took on and completed for him. This guitar has the distinction of being the only Skipper/Martin hybrid in existence: a Smartin?

Construction Photos


The back is joined and the bracing is glued in. The kerfed lining and side reinforcing is attached, and the sides are placed in an external form.


I've removed the headplate in order to mortise some custom -- and very tiny -- inlay; then it's re-glued to the neck.


The instrument is tap tuned and assembled, the end graft and bindings are installed, and the neck is fitted to the body.


The fretboard is glued to the neck and the guitar is finished and set up.

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