'Summer' build project

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'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Wed May 29, 2013 8:23 pm

Given we have just got the first snow of winter, the term "summer" is a bit misleading. However, my son and I have been building an acoustic guitar since November. Apologies for the guitar content, but thought some of you might like to see the construction anyway. Photos and short description to follow.

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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Wed May 29, 2013 8:28 pm

Gluing in the end blocks. We got pre-shaped sides so we didn't have to do the steaming. You'll notice the number of clamps in the series of photos. Just about spent as much on clamps as we did on the guitar!
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Wed May 29, 2013 8:32 pm

Soundboard with the bracing marked out and two of the biggest braces glued on. We only had enough clamps to glue two or three braces on each day, so took a while to get this stage done.
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Wed May 29, 2013 8:37 pm

All the bracing in place on the soundboard and the back. The back has a 5% curve held by the bracing. There is perfling glued onto the sides to hold the back and soundboard when glued.
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Wed May 29, 2013 8:41 pm

Dry fitting the soundboard to test the fit. The herringbone rosette has been glued in.
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by foal30 » Wed May 29, 2013 8:51 pm

nice use of time with progeny

Nev as role model

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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by john » Wed May 29, 2013 9:24 pm

Great stuff Nev, it's looking great. That sure is a gutsy project to take on

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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by pins » Wed May 29, 2013 9:25 pm

great build guys,I employ my oldest son,working together = good times...as a rule...
keep us posted.

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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Thu May 30, 2013 10:20 pm

Can't find the photos of the next few steps, so a bit of a jump to get to here. The body has been routed and the binding glued in. Fret put in up to the 12th fret, and the fretboard glued on. The neck is a bolt-on, so this is the first time the neck has been on. Still a bit of work to get the heal shaped to get the neck to sit right. Progeny suitably pleased with his handiwork :D
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Thu May 30, 2013 10:57 pm

Starting on the finishing! Rubbing in French Polish to seal the wood and seeing the colour of the wood. Once that dries, we are going to spray on a few coats of nitrocellulose.
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by joppo » Thu May 30, 2013 11:12 pm

And the all important headstock. Mike did the design, but then I was told I had to do the work :shock: Couldn't find somewhere to get it laser cut so did it with a dremel, a scalpel, magnifying glass, super glue and epoxy resin. LOTS of time and nervous energy spent on the inlay. The rosewood did move slightly off centre when Mike glued it on, but it probably adds a little to the handbuilt look :lol:
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by john » Thu May 30, 2013 11:43 pm

Nice work, it is all looking great and so interesting

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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by JonoSkip » Thu Jun 06, 2013 1:47 pm

Wicked! Thanks for posting this, very interesting and inspiring. I'm planning to build a bass or guitar one day myself and am slowly researching the process. Great that you can spend time with your son on the project, very valuable.
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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by T-Dub » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:41 pm

foal30 wrote:nice use of time with progeny

Nev as role model

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Heh, wouldn't say no to either being sent to me to be honest.

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Re: 'Summer' build project

Post by john » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:47 pm

Congrats T-Dub, Are you still in wellington?

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