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These are the materials that Robbie O'Brien uses in his classical 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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The PL79 O'Brien classical guitar plan is the plan Robbie uses in this kit.

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  • Plan, Robert O’Brien Classical (ref: PL79)

    This is a nicely drawn 2 page set of plans for a 650mm fan-braced guitar designed by Colorado luthier Robert O’Brien (author of our very popular ”Tips du Jour” videos). Robbie has used these plans to teach many of his classical students, so they are tried and tested.

    Drawn by R. Padron.

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

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Robbie has chosen an attractive Indian Rosewood with a Maple lamination. 

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  • Backstrip, Indian Rosewood w/Maple lam (ref: BTRW1)

    Backstrips can add a nice decorative element to any instrument. They can help tie a binding scheme together, break up a back with a less than perfect bookmatch or just add beauty to your guitar. We carry bindings, purflings, and woodstrips to complete your desired color/pattern scheme.

    If you would like us to inlay your backstrip, start by ordering your back and side set and you will be offered this customization there.

     

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    Backstrip, Indian Rosewood w/Maple lam (ref: BTRW1)

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3A Spruce is the preference here. You can choose Engelmann or Sitka if available.

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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.

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

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  • Top Sitka Spruce, 3A grade, classical/000/OM (ref: TSS3ACL)

    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.

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    Top Sitka Spruce, 3A grade, classical/000/OM (ref: TSS3ACL)

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  • Top Engelmann Spruce, 3A grade, classical/000/OM (ref: TES3ACL)

    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.

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    Top Engelmann Spruce, 3A grade, classical/000/OM (ref: TES3ACL)

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Robbie chose a traditional marquetry rosette. 

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  • Classical marquetry rosette (ref: R2)

    Marquetry rosettes are not a full circle - the gap is intended to be placed beneath the fingerboard. This has the added benefit of allowing some leeway in fitting the rosette after you rout the channel.

    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.

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    Classical marquetry rosette (ref: R2)

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Robbie has chosen a West African Ebony fingerboard.

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  • 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.

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

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Robbie suggests Indian Rosewood with a maple laminate binding. 

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  • Binding, Indian Rosewood w/Maple lam

    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.

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    Binding, Indian Rosewood w/Maple lam (ref: WBRWLM1)

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B/W purfling has been selected for the top and Maple wood strips for the back.

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  • Wood strip, Maple

    Wood strips add a nice bit of color to a purfling/binding combination.

    $1.34

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    Wood strip, Maple (ref: WSMP2)

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  • Purfling, BW 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.

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    Purfling, BW 20/20 (ref: PFLMSH4)

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Spanish Cedar is traditional and easy to work with.

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  • Spanish Cedar neck blank, 1st grade, 35" x 3" x 7/8" (ref: NKSC1353)

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

    The traditional choice for classical guitars, Spanish Cedar is also in favor among steel string builders, in fact many modern Martin necks have been made from it.

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

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    Spanish Cedar neck blank, 1st grade, 35" x 3" x 7/8" (ref: NKSC1353)

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A traditional Indian Rosewood bridge blank has been chosen for you. 

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  • Indian Rosewood bridge blank, 1st grade, classical (ref: BBRW1CL)

    Indian Rosewood bridges are easily the most popular choice for classical guitars. Some think the tone is better than Ebony on steel strings because of its lighter weight. In most cases, it is more stable than Ebony and it is less likely to split.

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Spruce is the standard for this part.

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  • Spruce classical bridge pad 12" (ref: WBRSL)

    Classical guitars often use a spruce pad under the bridge as shown in the illustration.

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    Spruce classical bridge pad 12" (ref: WBRSL)

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Robbie has chosen our classical standby FW72H.

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  • Fretwire, for nylon, 12% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW72H)

    A softer, standard size, used mostly for nylon stringed instruments.

    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.

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    Fretwire, for nylon, 12% nickel/silver, 4 feet (ref: FW72H)

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An Indian Rosewood headplate and Maple veneer are the choices here. 

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  • Indian Rosewood headplate, 1st grade (ref: HPRW1US)

    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.

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

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

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Robbie chose Honduran Mahogany here. 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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    Tailblock, Honduran Mahogany, 5" x 3" x 1" (ref: TBHM)

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Cedar backjoint reinforcement is commonly used on this type of instrument.

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  • Cedar back joint reinforcement (ref: BJRSC)

    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.

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    Cedar back joint reinforcement (ref: BJRSC)

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Robbie prefers reversed profile Mahogany kerfing. It's easy to work with and it attractive. 

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  • Honduran Mahogany kerfing, reverse

    Reverse kerfing for added stability and a clean look

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    Honduran Mahogany kerfing, reverse (ref: WKFMR)

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Robbie has chosen Engelmann Spruce for the top and Cedar for the back.

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  • Engelmann 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.

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  • Western Redcedar 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.

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    Western Redcedar bracewood, 1st grade (ref: BWWC)

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

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  • Gotoh, gold plate, matte finish, ivoroid button (ref: GGCR)

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  • Gotoh, gold plate, matte finish, black plastic buttons (ref: GGCRE)

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    Gotoh, gold plate, matte finish, black plastic buttons (ref: GGCRE)

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  • Schaller Hauser-style, gold plate, pearloid buttons (ref: SHG1)

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    Schaller Hauser-style, gold plate, pearloid buttons (ref: SHG1)

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  • Schaller Hauser-style, gold plate, ebony buttons (ref: SHG1B)

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    Schaller Hauser-style, gold plate, ebony buttons (ref: SHG1B)

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Robbie likes to include binding tape and glue in his kit.

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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.

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

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  • 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.

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

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Robbie includes his classical building DVD so you don't forget anything you learned in class once you get home! Choose the BM61, 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 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)

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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

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

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  • 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)

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  • 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.

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

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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)

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  • 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).

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    Apron, LMI logo, large (ref: APRONL)

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  • 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).

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Robert O'Brien Classical Course Kit Wizard - price determined by choices

These are the materials that Robbie O'Brien uses in his classical 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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