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These are the materials that Robbie O'Brien uses in his steel guitar building course. Unlike our other Kit Wizard offerings, all of the items in the kit are required as they are all used in the course. Anyone may purchase this kit, just remember that it is less flexible as it is designed specifically for Robbie's course. 

We highly recommend you watch these videos before using the Kit Wizard. 

  

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Robbie recommends the PL34 if you plan to build an OM guitar. The PL48 is his preference if you are building a dreadnought.

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  • Plan, Orchestra model, similar to Martin OM (ref: PL34)

    by Scott Antes

    The plan on this page answers the call to those requesting a plan for a smaller guitar. Drawn by Scott Antes, a mechanical engineer by training, with a long history of instrument building, his experience and expertise are well illustrated in these fine plans.

    $12.28
    Plan, Orchestra model, similar to Martin OM (ref: PL34)

    $12.28
  • Plan, dreadnought, 6-string (ref: PL48)

    by Scott Antes

    PL48 is a finely drawn 6-string dreadnought plan by Scott Antes (a mechanical engineer who provides us with a number of the plans we sell). It is a two page CAD plan with large, easy to read text and dimensions.

    $12.28
    Plan, dreadnought, 6-string (ref: PL48)

    $12.28
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Robbie would like you to use Indian Rosewood for its beauty and workability. 

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  • Indian Rosewood Dreadnought Back and Sides Thumbnail Indian Rosewood Dreadnought Back and Sides
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  • Indian Rosewood OM/000 Back and Sides Thumbnail Indian Rosewood OM/000 Back and Sides
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Robbie typically recommends 3A Spruce, but he has given you a bit of leeway to make other choices. 

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  • Top Sitka Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TSS3ASS)

    Sitka Spruce is very stiff. Because of its strength and toughness, it is well suited for steel string acoustic guitars. It has even been used successfully for classical guitars. The color of Sitka Spruce ranges from white to pinkish to light brown. Some tops display a lot of color variation.

    $59.07

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    Top Sitka Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TSS3ASS)

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  • Top Engelmann Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TES3ASS)

    Though it has been in common use for less time than Sitka or German Spruce, Engelmann has risen in stature to equal these woods. These days many makers use Engelmann in lieu of German Spruce since good Engelmann has many of the traits desirable in a good German top. In addition, it is more economical with far better overall quality. In appearance, it is like German Spruce, but unlike German Spruce, it seems to be more uniform in consistency and it has a beautiful ivory sheen. The tops are often more homogeneous looking with the early and late growth rings being less distinct than those of Sitka. It's stiffer than Sitka Spruce perpendicular to the grain.

    $59.08

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    Top Engelmann Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TES3ASS)

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  • Top German Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TGS3ASS)

    German Spruce is a common term for Spruce coming from Europe, but it is not really accurate. Guitar grade Spruce has not come out of Germany for many years now. The best material comes from the former Yugoslavia region. When you order German Spruce from LMI, you can expect the excellent, slightly golden-colored tonewood that, for years now, has been the staple of the bowed instrument world.

    $158.10
    Top German Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TGS3ASS)

    $158.10
  • Top Adirondack Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TAS3ASS)

    Adirondack Spruce was used for the tops on many of the great pre-war American guitars. Many guitarmakers today believe that this wood is a significant contributing factor to the strong, clear tone of those vintage/collectible instruments. 

    In general, the visual/cosmetic quality in use today by the best builders and high-end factories (typically the 2A (AA) tops) has more grain and color variation than either good Sitka or Engelmann Spruce - but that variation has been accepted in acquiring and working with this fine, great sounding wood.

    $164.24
    Top Adirondack Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TAS3ASS)

    $164.24
  • Top Carpathian Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TCS3ASS)

    Carpathian Spruce, from Central/Eastern Europe, has a very creamy white appearance but with slightly wider grain than other European Spruces. These tops are quite stiff and offer a slightly brighter, glassier tap tone than the other European Spruces. Many have compared it to Adirondack Spruce and some even call it ‘Carpathian Red Spruce’.

    $97.17
    Top Carpathian Spruce, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TCS3ASS)

    $97.17
  • Top Western Red Cedar, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TWC3ASS)

    Cedar is more fragile and not as elastic as Spruce, but it is more stable with changes in moisture content. It is liked for its warm color, straight grain, and clear crisp tap tone. The sound of a Cedar topped guitar is regarded for its harmonic richness and complexity and for a wider dynamic range compared to Spruce – though it’s lack of “headroom” makes it a poor choice for heavy handed flatpickers. The color ranges from light to reddish to (only rarely) chocolate brown with subtle unevenness of color being allowed sometimes even in the higher grades.

    $60.85

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    Top Western Red Cedar, 3A grade, dreadnought (ref: TWC3ASS)

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Robbie chose a bold herringbone rosette for a 3-ring rosette scheme.

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  • Herringbone bold dread/OM/000 rosette includes purfling for 3 ring rosette (ref: R60B)

    Our narrow rosettes are meant to be part of a three-ring-rosette scheme. This item includes the 32" PFLMSH5 purfling to create this scheme. Use a 3/64" or .047" bit (CA047D) to create the purfling channels. 

    If you would like to have a rosette inlaid into a top, start by ordering the top and the rosette inlay customization will be offered to you there. If you order an inlaid rosette the drawing shows how we will inlay it. If you order a loose rosette the drawing is a suggestion of how you may wish to inlay this rosette.

    $8.35

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    Herringbone bold dread/OM/000 rosette includes purfling for 3 ring rosette (ref: R60B)

    $8.35
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Robbie has chosen a West African Ebony fingerboard which will look great with an Ebony peghead veneer and bridge. 

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  • West African Ebony fingerboard, 1st grade, steel string/electric (ref: FBAE1EL)

    West African Ebony has been a standard fingerboard wood for factory guitars in Europe and America, and for many builders, it is preferred because it is easier to plane and is more stable than other Ebonies. It is rarely pure-black, but the streaks and mottling that are indicative of West African Ebony are now largely accepted in the marketplace.

    Ebony Grading

    More About Ebony...

    For those who require blacker boards, you can use on or these products to darken the wood:

    Would you like us to slot, radius and/or thickness sand your fingerboard? Choose fingerboard customizations below.

    $25.03
    West African Ebony fingerboard, 1st grade, steel string/electric (ref: FBAE1EL)

    $25.03
  • West African Ebony fingerboard, 1st grade, classical/steel string (ref: FBAE1STD)

    West African Ebony has been a standard fingerboard wood for factory guitars in Europe and America, and for many builders, it is preferred because it is easier to plane and is more stable than other Ebonies. It is rarely pure-black, but the streaks and mottling that are indicative of West African Ebony are now largely accepted in the marketplace.

    Ebony Grading

    More About Ebony...

    Would you like us to slot, radius and/or thickness sand your fingerboard? Choose fingerboard customizations below.

    $26.35
    West African Ebony fingerboard, 1st grade, classical/steel string (ref: FBAE1STD)

    $26.35
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The choice made here was plastic 2mm dots for the side position markers and MOP 6.35mm dots for the face. Choose both items.

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  • Plastic dot rod stock, white, 2mm (ref: PDOTW2)

    Plastic position markers are a good substitute for shell particularly if you are going to export your completed instrument as there are no export restrictions on these markers.  

    These rods measure 7 3/4" long.

    $1.19
    Plastic dot rod stock, white, 2mm (ref: PDOTW2)

    $1.19
  • Shell dot, white MOP, 6.35mm/1/4", pack of 20 (ref: DWP6.35K)

    This is pure shell material, cut straight from the curved inside surface of the shell and then sanded flat.

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    $12.22

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    Shell dot, white MOP, 6.35mm/1/4", pack of 20 (ref: DWP6.35K)

    $12.22
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Robbie suggests maple binding. Other items in this kit are coordinated with this choice. ?There are 4 pieces for the body and 2 extra just in case Murphy makes an appearance in the shop. If he doesn't the extra binding can be used to bind the fretboard if a bound fretboard is desired.

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  • Binding, Maple, strong flame

    Wood binding serves to protect the corners of the instrument as well as seal the end grain of the soundboard and back. Many of our bindings have matching backstrips.

    $3.77

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    Binding, Maple, strong flame (ref: WBMPFL1)

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A BWB scheme has been chosen here. Please select 3 as Robbie likes to use this purfling for the rosette rings.

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  • Purfling, BWB 20/20/20

    Anything on the edge of an instrument that isn't the outermost edge (binding) is called "purfling".

    Fiber veneer is very flexible and no bending is needed prior to installation. Wood veneer may need to be bent to avoid breakage depending on the shape of the instrument you are building and the number of laminates in the layup. One can sometimes us a simple household iron to bend these to the appropriate shape. These laminates should not be soaked.

    $4.23

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    Purfling, BWB 20/20/20 (ref: PFLMLG5)

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Mahogany is traditional and easy to work with.

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  • Honduran Mahogany neck blank, 1st grade, 35" x 3" x 7/8" (ref: NKHM1353)

    A 35" neck generally allows you to produce your neck and heel from the same stock which prevents issues with color/grain mismatch.

    First grade necks and heels are straight-grained, quartersawn with a 25° variance off quarter allowed.

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    $45.68

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    Honduran Mahogany neck blank, 1st grade, 35" x 3" x 7/8" (ref: NKHM1353)

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Mahogany is chosen to match the neck. Substitute Khaya or Sapele if Mahogany is not available. 

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  • Honduran Mahogany heel block (inside), 1st grade, 3" x 4" x 1 1/4" (ref: HBHM134125)

    The heel or neck block is affixed to the inside of the guitar and is where the neck attaches, typically by using bolts and/or a mortise and tenon.

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    $7.45

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    Honduran Mahogany heel block (inside), 1st grade, 3" x 4" x 1 1/4" (ref: HBHM134125)

    $7.45
  • Khaya heel block (inside), 1st grade, 3" x 4" x 1 3/16" (ref: HBKH1341187)

    The heel or neck block is affixed to the inside of the guitar and is where the neck attaches, typically by using bolts and/or a mortise and tenon.

    Khaya has often been overlooked as a substitute for genuine Honduran Mahogany. We have carried it for years for backs and sides, and though it is a very attractive wood, the wide pores, lighter weight and pinkish color we usually see in this species clearly distinguish it from "the real thing". But we have now found that there are different strains of Khaya which look nearly identical to Honduran Mahogany - or at least present themselves as the best substitute we have come across so far!

    $4.15

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    Khaya heel block (inside), 1st grade, 3" x 4" x 1 3/16" (ref: HBKH1341187)

    $4.15
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A West African Ebony bridge blank has been chosen for you. This will coordinate well with the Ebony peghead and fingerboard.

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  • West African Ebony bridge blank, 1st grade, steel string (ref: BBAE1SS)

    West African Ebony has been a standard wood for factory guitars in Europe and America, and for many builders, it is preferred because it is easier to plane and is more stable than other Ebonies. It is rarely pure-black, but the streaks and mottling that are indicative of West African Ebony are now largely accepted in the marketplace.

    $5.85

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    West African Ebony bridge blank, 1st grade, steel string (ref: BBAE1SS)

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This Indian Rosewood bridge plate reinforces the area behind the bridge. 

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  • Indian Rosewood bridge plate (ref: BPRW)

    Maple or Rosewood bridge plate or bridge reinforcements are used on steel string guitars under the soundboard as shown in the illustration.

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    $4.52

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    Indian Rosewood bridge plate (ref: BPRW)

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Robbie has chosen our steel string standby FW74.

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  • Fretwire, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW74)

    Hard, standard size long wearing fretwire. This is easily our most popular fretwire and is used mostly for steel string, but is often used on classical and electric guitars as well. This wire is similar to Dunlop's #6230 wire. 

    Fretwire is sold in either 4 or 100-foot lengths. 4 feet is normally enough for one standard instrument if you're not wasteful, but please check your plans before ordering. For easier installation, fretwire is coiled with the tang toward the inside of the curve. 4-foot sections might be cut into halves for shipping purposes. All of the fretwire we carry will fit into a .023" slot, with the exception of the FW75 nickel/silver wire.

    $5.11

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    Fretwire, 18% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW74)

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An African Ebony headplate and Maple veneer are the choices here. Please choose both. 

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  • Ebony, West African headplate, 1st grade (ref: HPAE1)

    Note - Each headplate is different from the next. We are showing you a representation of the wood species, but your headplate might look very different from the representative photo.

    $10.71

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    Ebony, West African headplate, 1st grade (ref: HPAE1)

    $10.71
  • Maple headplate veneer, .6mm (ref: WHMPV)

    These veneers sandwich between your peghead and your headplate to give your finished peghead that extra something special. 

    $0.93

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    Maple headplate veneer, .6mm (ref: WHMPV)

    $0.93
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We are staying with the Honduran Mahogany scheme with this choice. Occasionally we may substitute Khaya or Sapele. 

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  • Tailblock, Honduran Mahogany, 5" x 3" x 1" (ref: TBHM)

    The end block is the block that stabilizes the end of the guitar where the sides meet at the lower bout. The long edges of the block can be chamfered for an attractive look on the inside of your guitar.

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    $4.67
    Tailblock, Honduran Mahogany, 5" x 3" x 1" (ref: TBHM)

    $4.67
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Spruce backjoint reinforcement is commonly used on this type of instrument.

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  • Spruce back joint reinforcement (ref: BJRSS)

    This cross-grained strip is glued to the inside of the back, spanning and reinforcing the joint of the back halves. These reinforcements are beveled and ready-to-go except for final shaping to a rounded profile, which is done after the strip is glued to the back.

    $4.67

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    Spruce back joint reinforcement (ref: BJRSS)

    $4.67
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Robbie prefers reversed profile Mahogany kerfing. It's easy to work with and it attractive. Choose 4, 2 for the back and 2 for the top. 

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  • Honduran Mahogany kerfing, reverse

    Reverse kerfing for added stability and a clean look

    $5.98

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    Honduran Mahogany kerfing, reverse (ref: WKFMR)

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These are the bone items Robbie suggests. Please select both. 

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  • Nut, bone, 1/4" x 11/32" x 2 3/16" (ref: N1)

    Bone is the material of choice these days for nuts and saddles. Its creamy smooth quality and natural denseness make it perfect both visually and mechanically.

    PDF: Conversion Chart

    $3.71

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    Nut, bone, 1/4" x 11/32" x 2 3/16" (ref: N1)

    $3.71
  • Saddle, bone, 1/8" x 15/32" x 3 1/4" (ref: S2B)

    Bone is the material of choice these days for nuts and saddles. Its creamy smooth quality and natural denseness make it perfect both visually and mechanically.

    PDF: Conversion Chart

    $3.66

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    Saddle, bone, 1/8" x 15/32" x 3 1/4" (ref: S2B)

    $3.66
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Robbie has chosen Sitka Spruce for the top and Honduran Mahogany for the back. Choose 2 Sitka Spruce and 1 Mahogany.

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  • Sitka Spruce bracewood, 1st grade

    Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood, in general, becomes scarcer. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their logs and/or billets meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result, the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be perfectly quartersawn, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry-wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.

    Unless otherwise noted, each bracewood unit is equivalent to 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" x 20", though the actual dimensions of the pieces you get may vary. On rare occasions, 2 units may be delivered in one double-size blank.

    $5.35

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    Sitka Spruce bracewood, 1st grade (ref: BWSS1)

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  • Honduran Mahogany bracewood, 1st grade

    Bracewood is becoming harder to get as wood, in general, becomes scarcer. Quartersawn wood is directed at necks, backs, and tops. Mills are attempting to get the highest yields possible from their material meaning that there is less fall down from which to create bracewood. As a result, the quality of bracewood suffers – it won’t be quartersawn and often the grain will run "corner to corner"  In addition, the grain may not be straight the full length of the piece, there may be small defects and the grain could be wider than one is accustomed to. This is an industry-wide phenomenon and is outside of our control.

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    $11.64
    Honduran Mahogany bracewood, 1st grade (ref: BWHM)

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    $11.64

Robbie typically uses the GGM6G gold machines, but we have given you a couple more choices here. 

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  • Gotoh M6-style, gold, gold buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6G)

    $49.77

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    Gotoh M6-style, gold, gold buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6G)

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  • Gotoh M6-style, chrome, chrome buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6)

    $38.89

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    Gotoh M6-style, chrome, chrome buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6)

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  • Gotoh M6-style, gold, ebony buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6GEB)

    $79.67

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    Gotoh M6-style, gold, ebony buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6GEB)

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  • Gotoh M6-style, chrome, ebony buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6B)

    $70.14

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    Gotoh M6-style, chrome, ebony buttons, 16:1 ratio (ref: GGM6B)

    $70.14
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Robbie has chosen the LMI double action rod. 

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  • Truss rod, double action welded, 14 1/2" x 3/8" (overall length 15 1/2") (ref: TRSD)

    Protected by U.S. Patent No. 6,259,008, this is the best rod on the market in our humble opinions. The square stock bears against the bottom of the fingerboard, so no filler strip is necessary. Turn the nut one way and the rod bows one direction, turn the nut the other way, the rod bows the other direction! With this rod, the nut is actually welded onto the adjusting rod which has been right-hand threaded on one end and reverse threaded the other. The bottom, round rod is covered with heat-shrink tubing to protect against rod buzz. This rod requires a slot 1/4" wide x 3/8" deep. The bar-stock dimensions and the round-stock OD with the heat-shrink tubing are the same and that makes for easy installation. 

    $27.43

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    Truss rod, double action welded, 14 1/2" x 3/8" (overall length 15 1/2") (ref: TRSD)

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Ebony bridge and end pins with a mother-of-pearl dot will accessorize well. Choose 1 of each.

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  • West African Ebony bridge pins 3 deg. w/MOP dot, set of 6 (ref: PI3MK)

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    $7.81

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    West African Ebony bridge pins 3 deg. w/MOP dot, set of 6 (ref: PI3MK)

    $7.81
  • West African Ebony end pin w/MOP dot (ref: PIE1M)

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    $2.70

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    West African Ebony end pin w/MOP dot (ref: PIE1M)

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Robbie has chosen Maple to match the binding scheme.

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  • End graft/heel cap, flamed European Maple, 2" x 7" x .125" (ref: EGEMFLGD)

    An end or butt graft will tie in the binding on the top and back of the guitar where the sides meet and should allow enough extra material for a heel cap. Besides being decorative, an end graft gives some wiggle room at the butt end of the guitar if you can't get the joinery on your sides just right. End grafts are typically, but not always, the same material as the binding. They can be rectangular, wedged or they can just be an extension of the binding scheme. 

    $4.14

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    End graft/heel cap, flamed European Maple, 2" x 7" x .125" (ref: EGEMFLGD)

    $4.14
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Robbie prefers the cross-dowel neck attachments in his kits. 

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  • Bolt-on neck insert - barrel nut/bolt (set of 2) (ref: CDN)

    $2.84

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    Bolt-on neck insert - barrel nut/bolt (set of 2) (ref: CDN)

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Robbie doesn't typically use a pickguard, but if you want one, we have given you a couple of choices. If you don't, skip this choice. 

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  • Pickguard, red tortoise, self-adhesive, Martin®-style (ref: MPGT)

    Our plastic Martin®-style pickguards are similar to those found on countless well-known factory guitars. They are cut to fit most dreadnought sized guitars. Use as a replacement pickguard or as an economical alternative to our Tor-Tis™ line of pickguards.

    To ensure that the size and shape meet your requirements, we recommend printing the scaled paper pattern the .pdf attached.

    $5.68

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    Pickguard, red tortoise, self-adhesive, Martin®-style (ref: MPGT)

    $5.68
  • Pickguard, black, self-adhesive, Martin®-style (ref: MPG)

    Our plastic Martin®-style pickguards are similar to those found on countless well-known factory guitars. They are cut to fit most dreadnought sized guitars. Use as a replacement pickguard or as an economical alternative to our Tor-Tis™ line of pickguards.

    To ensure that the size and shape meet your requirements, we recommend printing the scaled paper pattern the .pdf attached.

    $4.07

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    4 $3.90 Up to $0.69
    Pickguard, black, self-adhesive, Martin®-style (ref: MPG)

    $4.07
  • Pickguard, tortoise, self-adhesive, Martin®-style (ref: MPGTB)

    Our plastic Martin®-style pickguards are similar to those found on countless well-known factory guitars. They are cut to fit most dreadnought sized guitars. Use as a replacement pickguard or as an economical alternative to our Tor-Tis™ line of pickguards.

    To ensure that the size and shape meet your requirements, we recommend printing the scaled paper pattern the .pdf attached.

    $8.46

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    4 $8.10 Up to $1.45
    Pickguard, tortoise, self-adhesive, Martin®-style (ref: MPGTB)

    $8.46
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Robbie likes to include binding tape and glue in his kit. Choose one of each.

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  • Binding tape, .680" wide (ref: FT75)

    Almost all factories and hand makers in our experience use tape to hold the bindings and purflings in place while gluing them to the edge of the body. Regular masking tape is generally too weak and tears under the pressure needed to press the bindings and purflings firmly into the routed channels. Filament tape—plenty strong enough—must be cut to length with scissors or a knife and is expensive. The tape of choice is this binding tape, our FT75, made from stiff paper with strong rubber based adhesive. It is strong enough to apply sufficient pressure with a strong adhesive yet can be torn by hand as you work. Each roll should do at least 5 or 6 guitars.

    $5.54
    Binding tape, .680" wide (ref: FT75)

    $5.54
  • LMI Yellow Instrument Glue, 8 oz. (ref: FGX)

    Over the years LMI has provided guitar makers with the best possible adhesives to use on their instruments. Our yellow instrument glue has an amazing set of features that exceed anything else we have offered in the past.

    $8.27
    LMI Yellow Instrument Glue, 8 oz. (ref: FGX)

    $8.27
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Robbie includes his steel string building DVD so you don't forget anything you learned in class once you get home! Choose the BM62, but while you're at it you can purchase his other DVD's here for a discount.

?He also highly recommends that you watch his online course before coming to his classes. Here is a link. www.obrienguitars.com/courses

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  • Build a Steel String Guitar, Robbie O’Brien (ref: BM62)

    by Robbie O’Brien

    We were surprised and delighted when luthier Robert O’Brien, who at that time was an instructor at Colorado’s Red Rocks Community College, informed us that he had been having his students order our kits and that he was making an instructional DVD based on them. Building from LMI kits, O’Brien thoughtfully chose to use a slideshow format creating more than 1400 photos and 3 ½ hours of audio for each DVD, rather than a video format. This enables him to document every step of the building process on a single, affordable DVD disc

    $39.24
    Build a Steel String Guitar, Robbie O’Brien (ref: BM62)

    $39.24
  • Build a Classical Guitar, Robbie O’Brien (ref: BM61)

    by Robbie O'Brien

    We were surprised and delighted when luthier Robert O’Brien, who at that time was an instructor at Colorado’s Red Rocks Community College, informed us that he had been having his students order our kits and that he was making an instructional DVD based on them. Building from LMI kits, O’Brien thoughtfully chose to use a slideshow format creating more than 1400 photos and 3 ½ hours of audio for each DVD, rather than a video format. This enables him to document every step of the building process on a single, affordable DVD disc. He creates this classical DVD in the school's well-equipped shop using common power tools, and he gives suggestions on how most of the operations can be completed with hand tools.

    $39.24
    Build a Classical Guitar, Robbie O’Brien (ref: BM61)

    $39.24
  • Guitar Finishing with Robert O'Brien (ref: BM68)

    by Robbie O'Brien

    In addition to his instructional DVD’s on guitar construction, Robert O’Brien offers DVD on guitar finishing. Using a slideshow format with audio, Robert teaches how to choose and apply several types of finishes including oil varnishes, shellac, waterbornes, lacquers and urethanes as well as French Polish. The portion on French Polish includes video clips to easily learn the technique. This DVD will take your guitar finishing to new levels whether you are a beginner or an experienced luthier. Learn many new techinques as Robert explains all the ins and outs of guitar finishing.

    $29.42
    Guitar Finishing with Robert O'Brien (ref: BM68)

    $29.42
  • Build an Electric Guitar, Robbie O’Brien (ref: BM76)

    by Robbie O'Brien

    Robert O'Brien's latest DVD in his instructional guitar building and finishing series. He uses a slideshow and audio format that makes it easy for anyone to build a standard electric guitar with a traditional body size and shape.

    $39.24
    Build an Electric Guitar, Robbie O’Brien (ref: BM76)

    $39.24
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Our gift to you! Just choose a size. 

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  • Apron, LMI logo, medium (ref: APRONM)

    LMI's aprons are made from 100% polyester satin cloth making them a bit shiny and super easy to clean. They have lots of pockets for stashing critical stuff that is typically lost on the bench. The two large front pockets are flapped to prevent wood dust and chips from accumulating in the bottom of your pocket. The straps are made from wide adjustable nylon that criss-crosses in the back for ultimate comfort. The XL size fits a pretty "full sized" guy or gal. For reference, our employee Ian is wearing a medium sized apron in the photo. Aprons are embellished with an embroidered gold LMI logo and lettering. Machine washable (We recommend line drying).

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    Apron, LMI logo, medium (ref: APRONM)

    $0.00
  • Apron, LMI logo, large (ref: APRONL)

    LMI's aprons are made from 100% polyester satin cloth making them a bit shiny and super easy to clean. They have lots of pockets for stashing critical stuff that is typically lost on the bench. The two large front pockets are flapped to prevent wood dust and chips from accumulating in the bottom of your pocket. The straps are made from wide adjustable nylon that criss-crosses in the back for ultimate comfort. The XL size fits a pretty "full sized" guy or gal. For reference, our employee Ian is wearing a medium sized apron in the photo. Aprons are embellished with an embroidered gold LMI logo and lettering. Machine washable (We recommend line drying).

    $0.00
    Apron, LMI logo, large (ref: APRONL)

    $0.00
  • Apron, LMI logo, x-large (ref: APRONXL)

    LMI's aprons are made from 100% polyester satin cloth making them a bit shiny and super easy to clean. They have lots of pockets for stashing critical stuff that is typically lost on the bench. The two large front pockets are flapped to prevent wood dust and chips from accumulating in the bottom of your pocket. The straps are made from wide adjustable nylon that criss-crosses in the back for ultimate comfort. The XL size fits a pretty "full sized" guy or gal. For reference, our employee Ian is wearing a medium sized apron in the photo. Aprons are embellished with an embroidered gold LMI logo and lettering. Machine washable (We recommend line drying).

    $0.00
    Apron, LMI logo, x-large (ref: APRONXL)

    $0.00
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Robert O'Brien Steel String Course Kit Wizard - price determined by choices

These are the materials that Robbie O'Brien uses in his steel guitar building course. Unlike our other Kit Wizard offerings, all of the items in the kit are required as they are all used in the course. Anyone may purchase this kit, just remember that it is less flexible as it is designed specifically for Robbie's course. 

We highly recommend you watch these videos before using the Kit Wizard. 

  

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