Course: May 2006
Charlie Cadell    Tom Grindle    David Nixon    Sean Noctor    Hordur Tomasson

Instrument details: Charlie Cadell - Steel string guitar


The join along the back is inspected making sure no light is visible along any of the join.

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Calipers are useful for gauging the thickness of the front and back but the final decision is made by flexing and tapping the plates.

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Charlie is making an oval soundhole and has made a template that can used to rout both the hole and the recess for the decoration that surrounds it.

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Having glued the top braces Charlie is planing them down to height before...

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...shaping and scalloping, to give a strong but responsive front.

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The bridge is fitted to the front and glued in position.

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Gluing the truss rod into the neck.

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The sides are bent to shape around a hot iron.

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With the sides, front and neck assembled, the body is prepared for the back to be glued.

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Prior to finishing the rosewood around the soundhole is sealed with shellac to prevent the colour bleeding into the light front.

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A close-up of the soundhole.

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A view from the back of Charlie's unusual and well executed offset join.

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Charlie plays the completed guitar.

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Course: May 2006
Charlie Cadell    Tom Grindle    David Nixon    Sean Noctor    Hordur Tomasson

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