Course: January 2008
Dave Atkins    Andy Davis    Ewan MacIntyre    Iacopo Nesi    Simon Scott    Severin Victor

Instrument details: Ewan MacIntyre - 12 string guitar


Ewan has joined and surfaced the front, and cut out the shape.

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He has then fitted the soundhole decoration and is sanding it level. The sandpaper is used with a hard block to avoid sanding the soft yellow cedar front more than the inlay.

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Ewan is blocking up the neck, making the neck shape from one thin piece cut into sections which are glued together.

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Drilling the holes for the machine heads.

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The sides are bent around a hot iron.

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The back is glued on using go-bars.

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Ewan is planing the fingerboard to size prior to fitting.

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The frets are in and the guitar trial strung to check all works as it should.

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Ewan has decided to French polish his guitar and starts by applying some shellac with a soft pad.

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The grain starts to show as the finish is applied.

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Twenty to thirty coats, or rubbers, are often applied during french polishing.

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The finish must then cure before the guitar is restrung.

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Course: January 2008
Dave Atkins    Andy Davis    Ewan MacIntyre    Iacopo Nesi    Simon Scott    Severin Victor

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