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beatcomber 11-02-2019 07:31 AM

Is everyone aware that Martin offers kits?
 
They're kind of buried on Martin's site, but I just discovered that they offer several kit models!


https://www.martinguitar.com/1833-sh...bo)/c-24/p-250

https://www.martinguitar.com/media/1...tachment-2.jpg

TJE 11-02-2019 07:36 AM

I am, but I doubt that if I bought one it would turn out very well!☺️

RP 11-02-2019 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by TJE (Post 6201468)
I am, but I doubt that if I bought one it would turn out very well!☺️

Kind of a take-off from Groucho's famous line about not wanting to join a club that would have him as a member....

Rudy4 11-02-2019 07:46 AM

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Originally Posted by TJE (Post 6201468)
I am, but I doubt that if I bought one it would turn out very well!☺️

Precisely the reason they DO NOT include a Martin decal with the kit!

J. Danner 11-02-2019 07:46 AM

I know a gentleman that has built several of these kits and each one turned out very good. I don't think I'd have the patience to do a good job on one.

Treenewt 11-02-2019 07:50 AM

A few years ago, I got the bug to build an acoustic. Im a decent woodworker, so I thought Ill build from scratch, who needs a kit?! Turns out, me. Ive got a box of parts in my garage in which the only thing that resembles a guitar is the neck (which was actually my favorite part of the process). Bending the sides was a nightmare for me. All that to say, in hindsight, I wish Id have gone with the kit. Maybe one day, when the kids are older Ill try again. With a kit.

charles Tauber 11-02-2019 08:11 AM

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Originally Posted by Treenewt (Post 6201475)
Im a decent woodworker, so I thought Ill build from scratch, who needs a kit?! Turns out, me.

While guitar making is a subset of woodworking, as you've discovered, guitar making involves some unique issues not usually addressed in general woodworking.

SongwriterFan 11-02-2019 08:32 AM

Be careful. Tim McKnight started out by building a Martin kit, and look where that ended up! :D

foxo 11-02-2019 08:43 AM

Pretty tempted by the rosewood dreadnought one. I know a good luthier I'd ask to put it together for me, he wouldn't charge much.

Anyone tried these? Is this the cheap approach to obtaining a D28 I may be looking for? :lol:

Lillis 11-02-2019 08:50 AM

I would butcher that ten ways to Sunday!

Silurian 11-02-2019 09:02 AM

The only part that I am sure I could complete with an acceptable degree of skill is putting the strings on.

Tube Sound 11-02-2019 09:26 AM

This is my Martin HD-28 kit, built around 1992. At the time, it cost about $400. It was built by my bro-in-law in Tucson, a skilled luthier and artist. It sounds amazing on top of being beautiful, ihmo. If I had built this, it wouldn't even resemble a guitar.

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shockfinder 11-02-2019 09:31 AM

LMI and StewMac also offer kits. LMI also offers them with some customization and some of the work can be performed before they send it to you.

Brent Hahn 11-02-2019 09:31 AM

Those kits have been around forever. If they don't sell all that many, I bet the wood has aged and dried nicely.

I've always suspected that one reason they offered the kits might be because they felt underappreciated. As in, "Oh, yeah? Well you try it!"

Skarsaune 11-02-2019 10:40 AM

These go on sale sometimes, usually around this time of year.
If you join the Martin Owners Club, you get another 20% off.
These two factors combined made me buy two kits last year.
I finished one for myself last winter and Im working on the other for a friend.
Great way to dip your toes in the water of building.
The one I built for myself hangs on the living room wall and gets played just about every day.


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