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

Instrument details: David Nixon - Electric guitar


The mahogany body is planed flat ready to recieve the maple cap.

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The neck is being glued to the body with a tenon join. This is fitted with chisels and, here, a shoulder plane.

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David is drilling the machine head holes using a forstner bit which gives a clean, accurate hole.

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Gluing the fingerboard. The guitar is on it's side to avoid the weight of the cramps from bending the neck, effectively changing the angle.

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David is using a gouge to reduce the outline of the neck to that of the fingerboard.

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The neck is shaped and the heel merged in.

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David has opted to make mother of pearl rectangles to inlay into the fingerboard.

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Hammering in the frets using a soft faced hammer.

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The frets are stoned and then recrowned using a fret file.

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David has decided on a hand applied sunburst which gives a softer, more natural transition than the sprayed version.

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An offcut from the front has been used for a headstock veneer. Note the subtle cover cut from the veneer for truss rod access.

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A close-up view of the front shows the gentle shaping of the top.

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The guitar is finished and, after many hours of cutting back and polishing the lacquer, reassembled.

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

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