Crimson Guitars – The 12-Hour Build

Crimson Guitars is where I will be going at the end of October to follow a week’s course in guitar building, and I will build my own guitar (see the articles beginning “Planning my Guitar Build part 1“).  They do a lot of instructional videos on luthiery skills, and recently Ben Crowe, the Master Luthier, attempted to build a guitar in 12 hours.

The whole build was filmed and made available in all of it’s 12-hour glory on YouTube, and I’m afraid to say that, apart from skipping through some of the sanding, I watched the whole lot.  Thanks to Ben’s commentary and the interest of watching the whole process of making a guitar, it was actually rather interesting!

Below you will find the first episode, “Preparing for the 12 Hour Guitar Build”, which preceded the 24 half-hour episodes.  They are also going to produce an hour-long highlights version, but for those with the stamina, the full 12 hours are worth the watch.

Ben is obviously certifiably mad and I’m looking forward to meeting him!

Author: gloopyjon

I grew up in England, attending school in Gloucester and then reading Classics at Peterhouse, Cambridge University. After working in London for three years, I moved to Belgium in 1993 where I have lived ever since. I played the piano as a child and also started playing the guitar, but never took it seriously until 2012, thanks to Rocksmith. I've also done a lot of singing, including over 30 amateur shows. Since 2012 I have been avidly accumulating guitar-related information as well as guitars and related gear, and I decided to create this site to share some of my knowledge, experiences and opinions with anybody who might be interested.

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