I am still in the process of gathering all the materials to start my first acoustic build. It has been a slow going, buying as I can afford what I need. Any supplier I have seen is just selling pre-cut pieces close to the proper dimension. I think I'd rather find a quarter sawn billet that I can split my own brace pieces out of. Is this method unreasonable? Should I just buy these pre-made pieces from Stew Mac or LMI?
I'm surprised that you can't get more undimensioned pieces for building a guitar from these suppliers. I can see getting the top, back, and sides close to dimension but I'd like to get all the kerfing, bracing, heel and neck block, and neck in larger undimensioned pieces where I'd have more control planing them to the size I need or want. It seems they are getting a bit more $ for their time in milling these parts.