Beate Ritzert wrote:In the German community where i am really active the Grellier plans appear to be used quite frequently, especially in 1st time builds, but also as starting point for modifications. Apparently with success.
Barry Daniels wrote:I am not familiar with the author but the OM plan doesn't look too bad. Just keep in mind that you don't lay out the frets with plans like these, and you may want to tailer the top bracing to a different concept. My last point is that many folks have gotten away from scalloped bracing and gone with a more tapered profile.
Bryan Bear wrote:I have printed copies of the OM, the OO and the L-00, but have only built from one of them. My first guitar was from the L-00 plan and a pretty close copy of the top thickness and bracing but I added a cutaway. It turned out just fine. If I were to do it again I would go a bit lighter. For a first guitar, it got me where I needed to be. As a side note, I really like the shape with the cutaway, even better than my own designs.
You can see the cutaway drawn in here. There is just something I love about the proportions of that small upperbout compared to the lower.
Beate Ritzert wrote:Eric, if You dream is a multiscale jumbo, why do You not just do it?
My first full build was an archtop, and i had to do it with a very minimum of literature. It required some more learning and preparation in advance, but it came as good as a first time build can be.
Eric Knapp wrote: I'm not sure I have the right materials for that jumbo yet.
I know I don't have the skills.
Mark McLean wrote:I built a OM for my first build (I am now up to number 6). The Grellier plans are fairly good as a general guide, although they are certainly not an "authentic" Martin style OM (different headstock shape, bridge). I used the book by Jonathan Kinkead in building the OM and it was very useful. It contains a full size plan for a OM style guitar - but more importantly for a novice it has a very clearly illustrated step-by-step guide to the building process. The book is very reasonably priced and can be bought from many outlets, or from the author's website http://www.kinkadeguitars.co.uk/the-book.
Mark McLean wrote:For your dream jumbo cutaway you might want to consider the SJ plans available from the GAL http://www.luth.org/plans/instrument_plans.html. Many people have successfully used this plan, and I built one of these as my number 3. I was not really much harder than the OM - the cutaway being the only slightly more difficult aspect (and it is not so much the bending but the alignment at the neck block which is the challenge with a cutaway).
Mark McLean wrote:The MIMF has lots of other plans available here http://www.mimf.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=1465
The ANZLF has compiled a list of sources of free plans, including all of the above, and more. http://www.anzlf.com/viewforum.php?f=32
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