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This blog was created to follow the construction of a dreadnought guitar built to help fund the Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarship Fund,  a non-profit entity that has been established to provide scholarships to needy and eager musicians who would benefit from a week at Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp (and who wouldn’t benefit from a week at Steve’s Camp?)  The Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp is held every year in Maryville, Tennessee on the campus of Maryville College for two weeks in June. Kampers can attend either or both one-week sessions and concentrate on flatpicking or fingerstyle guitar. The kamp also offers sessions on banjo, fiddle, upright bass, mandolin, dobro and voice.

Kampers are grouped according to ability and work with anywhere from one to a half-dozen instructors during their stay. Steve is able to attract some of the very best players and instructors in the world.  Take a moment to look at this year’s brochure to see for yourself. Steve has managed to promote an open, easygoing environment perfect for sharing and teaching.  Kampers can be found all over the campus having impromptu jam sessions at all hours of the day and night, often joined by a passing instructor or two.  This provides a perfect opportunity for the development of younger musicians, which is where the scholarship comes in.

Naugler Guitars is privileged to be able to help and is building a guitar to be raffled off the second week of Kamp this year to support the scholarship fund.  Follow along as we build a world-class dreadnought.

The Guitar

The Kamp Guitar will be a standard-sized dreadnought with the following features:

  • Brazilian Rosewood back and Sides
  • Adirondack Red Spruce top
  • Mahogany neck with rosewood laminates
  • Ebony fingerboard with wood binding
  • Ebony Bridge
  • Unbleached bone saddle and nut
  • Gotoh Tuners
  • All wood binding
  • 1.75″ nut width
  • 2.25″ string spacing at saddle
  • Florentine Cutaway (the pointy one)

Posts here (like most blogs) are arranged from last to first, the most recent post being on the top.  If you want to follow along from the beginning you can click on “Archives” to your right.  Otherwise click on the entries under “Latest Posts” and tag along.

Seth Naugler




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