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

Instrument details: Geoff Coates - 12-string acoustic guitar


Joining the walnut back - with animal glue masking tape is sufficient to hold the join together.

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The front and back are cut to shape with a fret saw.

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Geoff cleans the channel for the soundhole inlay.

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When the back braces are glued on they are planed to height and profiled. They will then have their ends scalloped away to free up vibration.

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Meanwhile the neck has been prepared and the truss rod fitted. Here, Geoff is gluing the headstock veneer.

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The headstock is then shaped and cut to thickness.

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Gluing the back.

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Tape is used to hold the bindings in place while gluing.

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Small holes are drilled through a couple of the fret slots for Luthier's Fingerboard Location Dowels, to ensure correct alignment of the fingerboard when gluing. These will be covered by the frets.

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The trial stringing, when the instrument is 'in the white' is an important stage where the set-up and final checks can be made prior to finishing.

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After finishing the guitar is restrung.

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And from the back.

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Geoff's finished guitar.

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

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