In 1987 I made my first and only musical instrument,
a steel string acoustic guitar. I'd seen an old book on guitar making
in the library several years before, and the idea had appealed to me.
I managed to find another couple of publications on the subject in music
and technical book shops in the city. Along with a volume or two on
violin making, I felt prepared to undertake the challenge.
I had no real experience or skills in wood working, and very basic resources.
My only power tools were an angle grinder and drill. These were pre-internet
days. Information on such obscure subjects as luthiery was extremely
hard to come by, let alone the encouragement of seeing what others have
done. Anyone contemplating a similar project today would have access
to vastly more information. A good start would be this Guitar
Building page, for example.