FINALLY...AN ARMREST BEVEL!!!
Once I complete the cigar box ukulele kits, I will have some time to work on my next personal project --- a guitar with an armrest bevel!! When I was at the recent Healdsburg Guitar Festival (August 2013), I saw lots of guitars with armrest bevels. I had seen them before, but all the methods I had seen people use to build those into their guitars looked too complicated or difficult to do. But, at this festival, I purchased a DVD of Kent Everett's method of building in his "transitional bevel," and it looked much less difficult than the other methods I had previously seen.
SO...I decided I needed to build a guitar, just to try out making an armrest bevel!
(Here's a YouTube video teaser for Kent Everett's DVD; it will give you some idea of what I want to do in this project.)
At first, I was going to do another Taylor Grand Concert style (but without a cutaway). But then, an Internet friend mentioned Taylor's GS Mini guitar, which I had heard of but had never actually seen. I went to my local Guitar Showcase to take a look at one ---- and I fell in love with the size and shape of this model! It's kind of in between a Taylor Big Baby guitar and their Grand Concert size; it's a 23.5" scale guitar. When I held it, it felt just right, especially since lately I've been plagued with a left shoulder rotator cuff problem, and holding and playing a regular scale guitar is still a bit difficult for me. Holding the GS Mini felt much more comfortable, and it sounded good, too!
I looked online to see if I could find any blueprints or plans for this style guitar, and I found some plans from a luthier in Georgia. So, I ordered the plans, and, as soon as I can find some time, in the midst of these other projects, I will start on this project.
I am thinking I will use the Mayan walnut back and sides from LMI I had ordered back when I was building my first harp ukulele. For the top, I have ordered some Engelmann spruce. I am not sure yet what kind of binding I will use, or what I will use for the bevel veneer; I'll have to figure that out later, when I see how the walnut will look.