Course: May 2013
John Hepworth    Pete Lewis    Charles Rogers    Kevin Scott    Peter Scott-Wilson

Instrument details: Charles Rogers - Steel string guitar


Charles joins his walnut back using pins to hold the two halves together.

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The back is then thicknessed and cut to shape, before the braces are glued on.

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After gluing in the outer decoration, abalone pieces are cut and fitted to the channel between them.

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The inlay is sanded flush with a rigid sanding block to prevent undulations in the surface of the front.

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Charles routs a channel for the truss rod, which must be set deeper at the body end.

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This is glued in with a maple fillet on top.

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The sides are bent around a hot iron and checked against the template.

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A small piece of decoration, the end graft, is fitted where the two sides meet.

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The frets over the body are clamped into place to avoid hammering over the vulnerable front.

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Charles fine tunes the bridge where the strings are held in place.

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A view of the matching walnut back and neck.

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The abalone soundhole decoration.

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Charles with his completed guitar.

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Course: May 2013
John Hepworth    Pete Lewis    Charles Rogers    Kevin Scott    Peter Scott-Wilson

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