Course: January 2011
Tim Hughes    Andy Jordan    Sam McClaren    Jules Myer-Smith    Kenny Silver

Instrument details: Andy Jordan - Steel string acoustic guitar


Andy has joined and thicknessed the front and fitted the rings of the soundhole decoration. The space between two rings is then routed out for abalone inlay.

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The individual sections of abalone are then cut and fitted around the soundhole.

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The braces are then fitted and carved.

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The bridge is then cut to shape, fitted to the curvature of the front and glued on place.

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In the Spanish method the neck and inner heel are part of the same block. Here Andy is shaping the inner heel.

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Drilling the holes for the machine heads.

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The neck is glued to the front in the assembly jig, or solera.

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The sides are fittted next, followed by the linings, held in place with clothes pegs.

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When in doubt, a small feeler gauge can be used to check for gaps under the frets.

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Once the frets are stoned, the tops are re-crowned using a concave fret file.

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The guitar has been lacquered and is hand rubbed to a high gloss.

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A close up of Andy's headstock from the front...

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...and the rear.

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Andy with his finished guitar.

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Course: January 2011
Tim Hughes    Andy Jordan    Sam McClaren    Jules Myer-Smith    Kenny Silver

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