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Old 04-02-2021, 03:05 PM
Kyle Stapleton Kyle Stapleton is offline
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Hello,
My name is Kyle Stapleton and I am a Tech Ed teacher in River Falls, WI.

I am looking for some who makes guitars and would be willing to do a workshop/class to teach me how to make guitars (the right way, I have all the files and have cut all the parts)

I just need someone to walk me through all the steps and show me where I or my students could/will mess up.

This would be a paid job.

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Kyle
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Old 04-03-2021, 09:14 AM
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I hope you can find a resource. In the meantime...you might spend a bit of time browsing and participating in the TDPRI forum's "Tele Home Depot" discussion area. There's a ton of expertise and it's a very nice community. While the overall site is Telecaster focused, the specific area I mention runs the gamut. But for you and your students I actually recommend you start with the Fender geometry because the neck and body are coplanar which makes learning and setup a whole lot easier than more complicated designs that require a few degrees of angle between the neck and the body.
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Old 04-05-2021, 09:24 AM
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I have done all the online work, just one clean build with someone of knows what they are doing.

Part making and assembly are not a problem, I just need to know the little things.
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Old 04-05-2021, 09:50 AM
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It sounds like you need a local luthier
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Old 04-06-2021, 09:31 AM
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The site I pointed you to will likely help you find someone local to you that is an experienced guitar builder/luther. They do not need to be CNC experienced since it sounds like you need instrument refining and setup schooling. The CNC only replaces some of the "grunt work" for shaping in general...everything else is the same as building with non-CNC techniques.
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Old 04-06-2021, 02:37 PM
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Got it thanks
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Old 05-17-2021, 09:20 AM
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Hi Kyle,

Another group to check out is the New Kit Guitar Builders on Facebook. It consists of members who build guitars from kits, but once you have your parts cut out on the CNC, you are at the same point they are. There are lots of discussions on finishing etc. Also check out the web site Stewmac.com. They should have some books on setup and they also have lots of parts.
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Old 05-17-2021, 09:03 PM
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This is a bit of a long shot but if it comes through it would be outstanding. In the summer Jim Olson lives in Circle Pines, MN -- about 45 minutes from you. He is retired now but has built acoustic guitars for James Taylor, Clint Black, Phil Keaggy, Paul McCartney, etc.

He started using CNC in his building process about 20 years ago. You can try contacting him through his web site: olsonguitars.com

If nothing else he may be able to put you in contact with other builders in the area.
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Old 05-18-2021, 12:27 PM
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Thanks for the heads up
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