The dreadnought 6-string guitar was one of the most significant innovation of the Martin Guitar Co. This guitar is the standard and legendary for it's incredible balance, projection and robust tone. Although this guitar model is most closely associated with bluegrass and folk styles, the bold sound and projection is suitable for any genre.
While wood selection can be whatever the luthier or customer desires, the classic D18 uses ribbon cut Genuine Mahogany (Honduras Mahogany) back and sides with Sitka Spruce Top. The D28 uses Indian Rosewood with Adirondack Spruce Top.
Note that the original pre-WWII D28's used Brazilian Rosewood. Unfortunately that wood is no longer available and is on the endangered species list. Also, since quality Adirondack Spruce can be difficult to obtain, consider either Sitka Spruce, or European Spruce for the top plate and braces.
Okay now the SS portion of the title for these plans refers to forward shifted bracing and scalloped braces. These are very important modifications. These changes will completely change the sound of your Dreadnought build and guaranteed you will be impressed!
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The following tabs detail what you will receive with our Dreadnought SS Guitar Plans:
Total Instrument Length: 1040.2mm (40.95”)
Upper Bout: 293mm (11.96”)
Lower Bout: 397mm (15.63”)
Waist: 274mm (10.79”)
Body Length: 513.8mm (20.23”)
Depth At Heel: 95.3mm (3.75”)
Depth At Butt: 120.7mm (4.75”)
Neck Width @ Nut: 44.4mm (1.75”)
Neck Width @ Body: 54.5mm (2.15”)
Fretboard Radius: 406.4mm (16.0”)
Scale Length: 645.2mm (25.4”)
Classic Dreadnought Shape
14-Fret Neck - Standard Width
Neck Connection: Bolt-On, Dovetail, or Mortise
Fretboard Radius & Neck Profile Sections
Closed Pegged w/3L & 3R Tuners Larger Bodied Guitar
Adjustable Truss Rod in Neck
Standard Acoustic Belly Bridge, & One Optional Shape
Ideal for Flatpicking & Fingerpicking
Overall guitar plan with notes and dimensions
Details of Complicated Construction Areas & supplemental Photographs of Key Construction Items + Descriptions
Longitudinal and Lateral Sections Through The Guitar.
Top Bracing Layouts Top and Side Views
Three Neck/Body Connection Options: Bolt-on, Dovetail, Mortise & Tenon.
Two Belly Bridge Shape Options
Enlarged Purfling Details
Back layout and Back Brace layouts
Complete Template Sets Including: Top, Side Contour, Neck Contour, Bender Form Insert, Headpiece Layout, Back Arch Template & Top Layout Template
All Plans Are in Both Millimeters AND Inches/Fractional Inches:
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