Acoustic Guitar Kit – pretty much as is.
Here’s the thing about acoustic guitars. To actually build a professional instrument requires know how and equipment that simply isn’t available to the average person. Acoustic Guitar Kits can be a great way to put something together, and you can absolutely build a playable instrument. But that said, unlike electrics and solidbody guitars, there’s simply some realities. That is to say- the odds of you building something on par with say, a Martin D-35 with all the painstaking bracing and wood bending it takes to create those guitars are extremely remote, even if you’re working with the same materials. I don’t mean to derail anybody but I’ve been asked whether or not kits are a way to build something like what you’d get from a professional luthier (or even a kit from them). Basically if you want to compare what kind of guitar you’ll end up with, basically what you spend on the kit is about what you’ll get from a build quality.
Now having said that, they can be incredibly fun and easy instruments to make! I did this one in the span of about a month. The pieces went together well, setting the bridge was fairly easy. This is a good resource for how to do that:
Honestly, that’s probably the toughest part when you’re working with a kit like this. Everything else is basically the finish. I didn’t really do anything to mine- gave it an oil rub finish using gun stock oil. And then it ended up being sort of a beater guitar which is why it now has a bunch of stickers on it. In all honesty, it’s kind of a fun guitar to have around. I have a Martin D-35 and a pretty nice Alvarez 12 string and those are what I go gig with. But this guy- I’ll still jam on it, I’d definitely let my kids play with it- it’s not fragile by any means. If i were to do anything different I’d probably get a little more creative with the finish- if I’m ever inspired to do something with an acoustic kit again- it’ll definitely be about something creative.
Want to build an acoustic guitar kit? Here’s all you’ll need!
Acoustic guitar kit- This is pretty much as is. Mine wasn’t a cut-away but this is what’s available now.
Wood Glue– You’ll need this for the neck and setting the bridge
Gun Stock Oil – Rub it down and off you go!
That’s about it! All in all it’s entirely possible to build a playable and enjoyable acoustic guitar (see caveat above of course) for under $200.