Course: January 2014
Geoff Coates    Theo Hall    Pete Lewis    Keith Marshall    Ben Sanderson

Instrument details: Ben Sanderson - Steel string guitar


Installing the soundhole decoration.

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Ben has joined and thicknessed his rosewood back and applies glue for the strengthening strip.

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The strip is held in place with go-bars.

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After gluing, the braces are reduced to a nominal height and profiled. They will then be further carved to give the desired response and flexibility

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Thicknessing the headstock using a router is an alternative to planing.

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In the Spanish method, the inner heel block is part of the neck itself. Here Ben is rebating the heel to accept the side.

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The linings are glued into place using regular clothes pegs.

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After assembly the bindings are glued and scraped flush with the sides.

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Ben drills the holes for his bone fret markers.

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Final sanding ready for finishing.

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After finishing, a final stringing up.

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Ben's spruce front with matt finish and ebony bridge.

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The back of Ben's guitar.

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Course: January 2014
Geoff Coates    Theo Hall    Pete Lewis    Keith Marshall    Ben Sanderson

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