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Old 09-30-2016, 10:59 AM
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You need to build the first one following an established method, if you haven't read Cumpiano's book, you should. There are numerous methods and sequences of construction, and they are not all compatible with each other. You can't build the box using one method and the neck using a different method and expect them to fit together. They may, but they may not.

Curly maple isn't that hard to bend, just get it thin enough (0.070"), use plenty of heat, and not much water. It's also not that expensive, and can look great under finish. I'd stay away from bloodwood for your first, it can be difficult to bend and finish. It bleeds color into any lighter wood if you don't take extreme precautions. I've built two guitars with bloodwood back and sides, and I really like using it, but it isn't easy.
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