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So you agree to make a guitar for another person for cash!!
No problem right, I've built a few, they look ok, they work as they should, apart from the one's that live under my bench, but I wont mention those.
Idea's are exchanged, an imaginary design agreed, just to be clear this is two people thinking about roughly the same thing and fine tuning it on the telephone. Is this faith in my ability justified ?
Next question how long will it take ?
That one I struggled with, I have never really thought about how long it takes me to build one before because it has never mattered, it's done when it's done.
A quick mental calculation required, I have most of the components not a problem, what is a problem is the way I work. Building for me is not work, that's what I go out to do every day because I have to. Building for me is pleasure something to be savoured and enjoyed.
So my usual approach would be to go in to my workshop/studio [ garage ] sit at my bench put some music on have a drink and a smoke and think about it for a while, when I have done that I might have another drink and another smoke and think about it some more. Then I will make a start cut the neck out first usually, then I will get distracted thinking about the bridge or something else that does'nt need thinking about yet, and on it goes spending ages doing things that don't need doing, and a bit of time doing things that do, but thats because I enjoy it.
Discipline thats whats needed so I say a month, my client is happy with this so off we go.
Over the next few days the neck is cut the bowl is cut [ I favour bowls over boxes ] a dry joint made reasonable progress! Then life happens it's two weeks before I can get back to it. Panic sets in.
Super applied discipline now required, a couple of days later it's mostly done, no drinking and daydreaming, well just a bit.
So self induced pressure gone, self doubt gone, guitar finished to be handed over in two days, enjoy it Paul.
Will I do it again.
Off course I will.