Course: May 2011
Derek Deverill    James Murphy    Kevin Scott    Alan Stevenson

Instrument details: James Murphy - Steel string acoustic guitar


For James's soundhole decoration channels for the two outer rings are cut first.

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The rings are then glued into place.

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James has prepared a wlanut ring from the offcuts from his back. It is glued between the two outer rings around his soundhole.

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The heel is formed by blocking up several pieces of mahogany which have been planed flat.

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The heel is shaped before the neck is fitted.

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Bending the sides.

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James has assembled the body and is gluing the corner bindings.

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The fret slots are cut with a dedicated jig.

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With the guitar carefully balanced, the fingerboard profile is planed.

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After the trial stringing the bridge - the last brace - can be shaped.

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James' headstock inlay.

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The guitar, now finished, is reassembled.

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James with his finished guitar.

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Course: May 2011
Derek Deverill    James Murphy    Kevin Scott    Alan Stevenson

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