Course: January 2008
Dave Atkins    Andy Davis    Ewan MacIntyre    Iacopo Nesi    Simon Scott    Severin Victor

Instrument details: Andy Davis - Steel string guitar


Andy has joined the front, cut it to outline and is thicknessing it, gauging progress with calipers. The final gauge will be by hand, testing for stiffness and tone.

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The soundhole decoration, herringbone in this case, is then installed and the soundhole cut out.

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Different makers glue on the bridge at different points in the construction process, sometimes even after the finish is applied. Here the bridge, which is after all one of the braces, is being glued on before assembly and will be shaped later on.

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The neck has been planed and the truss rod fitted, and the headstock veneer is being glued on.

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The heel is shaped prior to the neck being fitted, after which it would be too awkward to work.

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The front, neck and sides are assembled and the linings glued on before the back is fitted.

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The back is glued on using go-bars.

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The corner bindings have been fitted and the fingerboard is next to be glued.

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The frest are tapped into place using a soft faced hammer.

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They are then stoned level, re-profiled and polished.

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The bridge, which is also the final brace, is carved using planes and gouges before smoothing with sandpaper.

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The finished, strung guitar.

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Course: January 2008
Dave Atkins    Andy Davis    Ewan MacIntyre    Iacopo Nesi    Simon Scott    Severin Victor

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