Course: September 2008
Ian Garner    Coley Perkins    Jesse Stearn    Richard Steel    Dorothy Thurston    Hordur Tomasson

Instrument details: Jesse Stearn - Steel string guitar


Jesse has joined the front and back and is here measuring the back thickness. Final thickness will depend on the particular piece of wood.

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The paua shell soundhole decoration is cut to fit in the channel between black and white lines which have previously been fitted .

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The back braces have a curve planed onto them which in turn gives the back a slight arch.

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The bars are then glued on using go-bars.

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The bridge is glued on.

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A channel is routed into the neck for the truss rod.

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The slots in the heel are then routed and the heel carved.

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The sides are bent on an iron and here Jesse is checking the shape against his template.

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The front, neck and sides are glued together. A hole on the upper transverse brace gives access to the truss rod.

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The back is yet to be glued on but now the instrument looks like a guitar.

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The structure is complete and is being prepared for finishing.

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The lacquer is flattened after application ready for polishing.

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A close-up of Jesse's headstock inlay.

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Jesse with his finished and reassembled guitar.

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Course: September 2008
Ian Garner    Coley Perkins    Jesse Stearn    Richard Steel    Dorothy Thurston    Hordur Tomasson

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