2nd Edition, Updated and Revised
Just Published(Aug. 2017) ...
STILL The Only Detailed Construction Manual
for C.F. Martin and Martin-style
Acoustic Guitar Kits


Shown here with a pre-CITES Brazilian rosewood and
California Coastal Redwood body, the manual provides
illustrated detail on every step in the Martin-style kit building process.

Bill Cory's writing and photography have appeared in numerous national magazines, including Acoustic Guitar, Woodcraft, Petersen's PhotoGraphic, The Rangefinder, Photo Lab Management, Mexico's West Coast, Four-Wheeler, Babytalk, Westways, and others. This is his fourth book.

Coil Binding makes it easy to use (Library binding available also.).

The Guitar Builder's Production Journal.
with guided spaces to cover the entire building of your

guitar, is now part of the Martin-style Kit Manual.

Above, Contents
Below, a sample page.

This concise record of your build follows the steps in
the Martin-style Kit book. You'll ind it helpful!.

The Free Adobe® Reader® is needed to view or print it.

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Building Martin-style Acoustic Guitar Kits

by Bill Cory. 2nd Edition, published August, 2017. 8.5" x 11", 168 pages, 500+ photos (greyscale), color covers.

Coil (Spiral) Binding, Library Binding, and PDF versions. (Please see below)

C.F. Martin & Co, Inc. -- "America's Guitar Company." -- makes acoustic guitars loved by millions. Martin also produces acoustic guitar kits -- excellent kits with good materials!

But ... the booklet included with the kit simply isn't adequate.

If you are building a Martin-style kit, you will need a better set of instructions than Martin provides. This new construction guide fulfills that need.

With over 500 photos, in 168 pages of detailed step-by-step instructions, this easy-to-read book covers everything from unpacking the kit to setting up your guitar's ac5tion, including tools and supplies.

The author has spent twelve years building twenty kits, including four Martin kits, to research the differences between Martin's kits and those from Stewmac and LMI and others. His fourth Martin-style kit (shown below) is completely detailed in this book -- the only published construction manual dedicated to Martin-style acoustic guitar kits. (Kits vary quite a bit, like guitars from the factories. Using one company's instructions for another company's kits can cause problems because of differences in design geometries.)

Above is the 000 guitar kit built in the book. Indian Rosewood & Sitka.
sounds fantastic. If you would like to hear it, click here.

After you have seen the booklet from Martin, click below to order this comprehensive step-by-step manual. The popular Guitar Builder's Construction Journal is now included! It also sells separately on Amazon for $12.95.

Check out these sample pages. Then click a button below to purchase your copy of Building Martin-style Acoustic Guitar Kits - 2017 Edition!


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REMEMBER: BONUS REUSABLE PDF BUILDER'S JOURNAL with purchase of the Martin-style Kit Manual and Complete Guide

Get the free PDF of the Journal and print a complete record for each guitar you build!


The Guitar Builder's Construction Journal has 60 pages, (8.5" x 11"),
which you print on your own printer (or at a copy shop)
with guided spaces to cover the entire building of your

guitar, whether from scratch or a kit.

It is a FREE BONUS with any order for both kit books. (It is part of the Martin-style kit book, in print. Additional PDF is a bonus.)

This concise record of each build is as much a
guide as a record: The steps are arranged in the logical
order most builders use, but you can change the
page order if you wish, since this is a digital file.

The free Adobe® Reader® is needed to view or print it.


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