Course: May 2008
Phil Bates    Owen Davies    Paul Mckee    Hordur Tomasson

Instrument details: Owen Davies - Carved top electric guitar


Owen is building a carved top electric guitar and the thick facing is glued up first.

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Here the mahogany neck is being blocked up.

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An ebony veneer is glued to the face of the headstock and here Owen is planing the edge square to the neck surface.

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The neck socket has been routed and the body is planed square where the neck will join.

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The tenon join is the prepared.

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Most of the top is carved prior to fitting the neck, firstly to prepared templates.

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Owen then shapes the top using violin thumb planes and scrapers.

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The neck is then glued to the body.

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Hammering in the frets.

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The correct placement of the bridge is critical and the holes for the posts are carefully drilled.

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The neck is shaped, the pickups are wired in and the guitar is tested 'in the white', ie before the finish.

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All is well, the first stain is applied to the front and the mahogany body and neck are grain filled.

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The outer sunburst is then sprayed on.

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After the lacquer is flattened, it is burnished to a high gloss.

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Owen's headstock.

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The reassembled guitar.

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Owen with his finished guitar.

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Course: May 2008
Phil Bates    Owen Davies    Paul Mckee    Hordur Tomasson

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