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Acoustic Guitar Design Options

Here’s the current line-up of guitar configurations students can choose from in the Acoustic Guitar building course. There’s a wide range of diversity in the many designs we offer, and we’re more than happy to assist you if you need our help selecting the best option for your build.

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12 Fret Guitars

Martin 0 12 Fret

Scale Length:
24.75″
Body Width:
13.5″
Body Length:
19.125″
Body Depth:
4.25″

This is the smallest guitar we offer, and we love how it sits in your lap and seems to play itself. The voice of this guitar is sweetly balanced, and it has way more dynamic range and headroom than you might expect. It plays nicely with bare fingers, and responds well to a plastic thumb pick.

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Martin 00 12 Fret

Scale Length:
24.75″
Body Width:
14.25″
Body Length:
19.5″
Body Depth:
4.25″

The Martin 00 is the next size up from the Style 0, with a slightly larger body and corresponding higher air volume. This increases the projection a little, and also lowers the resonant frequency of the body making the tone a little warmer. The 24.75″ scale length drives the top nicely, making this an ideal guitar for playing folk music and country blues.

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Gibson L-00 12 Fret

Scale Length:
24.75″
Body Width:
14.75″
Body Length:
19.25″
Body Depth:
4.25″

The Gibson L-00 body shape is a little more robust than the Martin 00, which increases the air volume inside the guitar. This lowers the resonant frequency a notch, making the guitar sound a little warmer and a bit louder. The ergonomics of this design make for a very comfortable instrument to play, and it’s Norman Blake’s favorite finger picking guitar.

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Martin 000 12 Fret

Scale Length:
25.25″
Body Width:
15″
Body Length:
20.375″
Body Depth:
4.25″

This is the largest 12 fret guitar we build with nearly as much soundboard area as a Dreadnought. Initially introduced in 1902 with gut strings, the 000 12 fret was one of the first guitars Martin converted to steel strings in the early 1920’s. Revered by many as one of the finest guitars of all time, these instruments have exquisite balance across the entire tonal spectrum, and they excel in a broad range of playing styles and alternate tunings.

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14 Fret Guitars

Gibson LG-2

Scale Length:
24.75″
Body Width:
14.125″
Body Length:
19.25″
Body Depth:
4.375″

New for 2016, we’re happy to offer this little powerhouse for students interested in smaller 14 fret guitars. Despite it’s diminutive size, these guitars have plenty of volume and a sweet warm tone that make them perfect for vocal accompaniment and studio recording.

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Gibson L-00

Scale Length:
24.75″
Body Width:
14.75″
Body Length:
19.25″
Body Depth:
4.25″

The 14 fret version of the L-00 shares the same body shape as it’s 12 fret sibling; except the fingerboard, soundhole, and bridge all slide up to join the body at the 14th fret. This changes the positioning of the bracing, making the guitar sound a bit more lively than the the 12 fret configuration. That combined with the 14 fret access, make this guitar a perfect match for finger style blues and spirited country picking.

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Martin 000

Scale Length:
25.25″
Body Width:
15″
Body Length:
19.5″
Body Depth:
4.25″

This guitar is patterned after the original “Orchestra Model” introduced by Martin in 1929. We’ve increased the depth slightly, which has improved the projection and warmed up the tone. The guitar is capable of accommodating many different playing styles, while also retaining clarity and balance in lower tunings.

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Martin Dreadnought

Scale Length:
25.25″
Body Width:
15.5″
Body Length:
20″
Body Depth:
4.5″

Martin’s infamous Dreadnought is still by far the most popular acoustic guitar design of all time. We’ve decreased the depth some to raise the resonant frequency and help enhance the bass response. We brace the tops to be played with medium strings like you mean it, and these guitars love to respond in kind.

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Gibson J-45

Scale Length:
24.75″
Body Width:
16″
Body Length:
20″
Body Depth:
4.5″

The Gibson slope shoulder J-45 couldn’t be more different than the Martin Dreadnought. The shorter scale and the larger lower bout, each lower the resonant frequency of the guitar and alter the tonal landscape considerably. We’ve decreased the depth of these guitars a bit to help enhance the bass response, and make them a little easier to play. They work very well for finger picking, and they’re the quintessential strummer.

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Froggy Bottom K

Scale Length:
25.25″
Body Width:
16″
Body Length:
20″
Body Depth:
4.25″

With a tip of our hat to Michael Millard, we are proud to include the Froggy Bottom K in our collection of guitar configurations. Froggy has been building guitars based on the L-5 body shape for many years, and the Model K is one of their most popular instruments. With it’s diminished body depth, this small jumbo comes alive in a well balanced and overtone rich voice across the entire tonal spectrum. The Froggy Bottom K is a versatile and articulate instrument, suitable for a broad range of playing styles and tunings.

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