Acoustic Guitar – Costing

Some people have been asking how much it cost to make this guitar.
Adding up everything I bought comes to a grand total of £1074.11  (not including import duty for the US bought items). If you don’t need a pick-up in your instrument and don’t mind building without a router, dremel, and don’t make multiple orders from StewMac the price comes down to £786.62 which is actually not bad for an instrument of this quality. You could go cheaper still and not have wooden binding, pearl parts, nice tuners etc etc but where is the fun in that?

The actual kit was  $425.00 and the only other expensive things were the laminate trimmer and pickup. Most of the rest of the cost is for tools which can of course be used on future projects.

For the brave full costs and suppliers shown below (as bought in the first half of 2007)

http://www.stewmac.com

Part#      Description               Price    Qty   Subtotal
____________________________________________________________
0654       Rectangular Scraper       $5.98    1     $5.98
          Blade – 2-1/2 x 6
0662       Fine Pearl Saw Blades –   $3.95    1     $3.95
          Set of 12
0682       Sloane Bridge Clamp       $21.25   1     $21.25
3062       Files Needle Set/5        $14.98   1     $14.98
3416       Scraper Burnisher         $14.95   1     $14.95
3595       Gauged Saw .008″          $8.22    1     $8.22
4491       Medium/Large Stew Mac     $37.83   1     $37.83
          Fret File
4600       Bridge Clamping Caul      $26.83   1     $26.83
5298       Dovetail Triple-O         $425.00  1     $425.00
          Rosewood Kit
CATI       International Gss Catalog $0.00    1     $0.00

           Parts Total:          $558.99
           Shipping & Handling:  $54.32
           Total:                $613.31
           VISA Charge:          $613.31

Part#      Description               Price    Qty   Subtotal
____________________________________________________________
0046       Original Shubb Guitar     $15.74   1     $15.74
          Capo for Steel-string
          Guitar
0964       White Pearl Side Dot Set  $5.29    1     $5.29
          – Set of 10
0981       Rosewood Peghead Overlay  $4.75    2     $9.50
          Veneer
1180       Solid Carbide Bits – Set  $20.50   1     $20.50
          of 5
1274       Rubber Binding Bands      $12.45   1     $12.45
1992       1 x 1 Gold Pearl          $3.22    2     $6.44
1996       White Pearl Inlay         $7.60    1     $7.60
          Blank-.050x1x2
2024       Ebony Binding             $4.79    6     $28.74
          .080×1/4×34-1/2
4032       5/16in Carbide Bit        $14.98   1     $14.98
4515       Grover Sta-Tites 18:1     $31.06   1     $31.06
          Slotted Head Nickel
4656       Sitka Brace Wood          $5.31    1     $5.31
4813       Pickup I Beam Active      $149.90  1     $149.90
          System
4976-S     Slotted Ebony Bridge      $10.29   1     $10.29
          Pins with Pearl Dot
5562       Sandpaper Sampler Package $15.52   1     $15.52
5566       Colortone Water Brushing  $12.80   1     $12.80
          Varnish Pint

           Parts Total:          $346.12
           Shipping & Handling:  $33.66
           Total:                $379.78
           VISA Charge:          $379.78

Part#      Description               Price    Qty   Subtotal
____________________________________________________________
0160       Rosewood Bridge Blank     $5.98    1     $5.98
0188       Ebony Bridge Blank        $7.13    1     $7.13
0339       Brad Point Drill Bits –   $20.70   1     $20.70
          Set of 7
1020       Herringbone Purfling      $4.49    4     $17.96
2021       Rosewood/W/B/W Binding    $4.53    4     $18.12
          .080×1/4×34-1/2
2023       Curly Maple/B/W/B         $4.53    4     $18.12
          Binding .080×1/4×34-1/2
      3/32in Carbide Downcut    $17.95   1     $17.95
          Router Bit
5246       1/8″ Collet               $10.95   1     $10.95
6030       Bone Saddle 4-1/4″ x      $4.82    1     $4.82
          15/32″ x 3/32
6109       1/8″ Truss Rod Wrench     $8.48    1     $8.48
          L-Style

           Parts Total:          $130.21
           Shipping & Handling:  $25.96
           Total:                $156.17       

http://www.luthierssupplies.co.uk/

WBR1782 Ebony bridge blank £4.40

POP1079E Tru Oil, 200ml £7.20

POP1079A Micromesh paper 9 Grades, each 150mm x 75mm £13.40

http://www.westfalia.net/

1 563320   Wooden Gluing Clamps Length 60          4     GBP 6.49    GBP 25.96

 2 772483   Industrial Screw Clamp 300 x 120 mm     4     GBP 7.79    GBP 31.16

 3 563312   Wooden Gluing Clamps Length 40          4     GBP 5.89    GBP 23.56

 4 711663   Wetelux Illuminated Magnifier – bul     1     GBP 8.99     GBP 8.99

 5 334680   5 Light bulbs 60 W clear, Osram         1     GBP 2.69     GBP 2.69

 6 413211   Flat Joiners Wood Rasp 200 mm           1     GBP 2.49     GBP 2.49

 7 833608   Rotating Holding Vice 50 mm             1    GBP 11.49    GBP 11.49

 8 342113   22 Piece Spring Clamp Set               2     GBP 2.59     GBP 5.18

OTHER

Dremel 300 Rotary Tool Kit £39.99

MAKITA 370F 1/4inch Fixed Base Laminate Trimmer £120.00

Small old stanley plane (ebay) £4.50

Lemon Oil £3.00

Araldite Epoxy Resin £4.50

titebond wood glue £4.30

Marples Chisels £20

Oilstone £5

various sandpapers £20

MDF sheeting for work boards £12.

Grand total: £1074.11 (not including import duty) 

Could have been more like £786.62 without pick-up,  router, dremel, multiple orders from StewMac.

http://www.stewmac.com
http://www.luthierssupplies.co.uk/
http://www.westfalia.net/ (clamps and vice) warning they will bombard you with junk mail for the rest of your life + their packaging is rubbish.

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