To give the Build Your Own crowd a bit of a bump, I thought I would post about these two guitars I started together about a year ago and recently finished.
Both are Selmer style with four top braces instead of the more common five. The small oval hole guitar on the left has a cedar top and moabi laminated back and sides. The D hole guitar on the right has a sitka spruce top and walnut laminated sides. Necks are Honduran mahogany and the fingerboards are ebony. Both weigh less than 3-1/2 pounds. Finish is mostly french polish with polished phenolic resin varnish finish coats on the back and sides to protect against perspiration damage to the french polish finish. They don't call it hot jazz for nothing. :twisted: The D hole guitar went to friend, I've been giggin' the cedar top the last couple weeks.
I think they both sound and play pretty good, I'm pleased. I think the four top braces instead of five gives them a a bit more of what I call the old school sound, Favino, Castellucia, Patenotte. The cedar top has a little sweeter tone, volume is about average and plays very well. The D hole is louder and more aggressive, something I've found with the previous two guitars I built with sitka spruce tops. FWIIW, I've been using a Peche a la Mouche pickup on the cedar top, sounds great.
Hope others who are building will post their projects too.