I built my first acoustic and electric guitars in 1978 while attending Roberto Venn School of Luthiery. As of early 2014 both instruments are alive and well. The acoustic guitar has a cedar top with mahogany back, sides and neck with the Roberto Venn modified fan brace. The electric is a red gummed carved top and back with a walnut neck, and the picks up were made at the school.
Both instruments are still playing well and sound great.
I continue to build both acoustic and electric guitars and have guided a number of students through guitar builds they were interested in taking on.