Course: January 2015
Martin Burke    Jay Lilley    Steve Reynolds

Instrument details: Jay Lilley - Steel string acoustic guitar


With the front surfaced and thickness the channels for the rosette are removed

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The rosette is glued in and scraped flush with the front

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Gluing the back braces

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Gluing the upper transverse and x braces

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Carving the braces in order to tailor the sound to the makers preference

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When blocking up the neck, all gluing surfaces must be planed flat and each join fitted individually. In doing so better results can be achieved than by machine tools.

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Fitting the decorative end graft

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Reaming holes for the bridge pins

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Trial stringing to assess the instrument under tension

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All finishing starts with preparation, with the guitar meticulously fine sanded before the finish is applied.

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The first coat of a thin oil varnish brings out the figure of the walnut.

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Final buffing of the finish

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Jay's finished guitar

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All done!

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Jay, Steve and Martin with their completed instruments.

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Course: January 2015
Martin Burke    Jay Lilley    Steve Reynolds

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