|Planning and Design
I discuss the early design process and
my most important informational
|Fret Spacing Calculation
Here an equation for determining fret
spacing is not-so-rigorously derived.
|Template and Workboard
A quick blurb on the body template
and guitar workboard.
|Building the Neck
The neck roughly takes shape when
the headstock and heel block are
constructed. Also the truss rod is
built and and a slot is routed for it.
|Making the Body Plates
The body plates are trued and glued.
By some miracle a soundhole rosette is
successfully installed into the soundboard.
Soundboard bracing is planned and
|Bending the Sides
I make my own bending iron and then
talk about what did and did not work
for me when I tried to use it.
|Gluing Sides to the Soundboard
I install kerfing to the sides and glue
them down to the soundboard.
|Creating and Installing the Back Plate
The backplate is essentially finished
when the center seam inlay is installed
and the back bracing is constructed.
|Binding the Body
Binding is installed along the edges and
center seams of the body.
|Making the Dovetail Neck Joint
The dovetail neck joint is planned and
|Carving the Neck
The neck is carved from the headstock to
the heel with only some fine tuning left to do.
|Making the Fretboard
A rosewood blank is turned into a fretboard
and a really smart friend makes it possible
to do a compound radius.
|Making the Bridge
The Bridge is shaped from a blank block
|Creating the Headstock Inlay
The headstock inlay is installed.
A lacquer finish is sprayed onto the guitar,
frets are installed, the bridge is glued on
and the nut and saddle are shaped.
|The End Product
The guitar is finally finished. Hear
what the guitar sounds like as I
Planning and Design | Fret Spacing Calculation | Template and Workboard | Building the Neck | Making the Body Plates | Soundhole Rosette | Soundboard Bracing | Bending the Sides | Gluing Sides to the Soundboard | Creating and Installing the Back Plate | Binding the Body | Making the Dovetail Neck Joint | Carving the Neck | Making the Fretboard | Making the Bridge | Creating the Headstock Inlay | Finishing | The End Product