Course: January 2007
Phil Bates    Jeremy Bunting    Owen Davies    Lloyd Jackson    Sam Pelgrift

Instrument details: Phil Bates - Carved top electric guitar


Phil starts by joining the flamed maple facing and is here checking the flatness of one of the pieces.

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With the facing joined, the underside is planed flat ready for gluing onto the walnut body.

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The maple and walnut are glued together using many cramps to ensure even pressure.

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The abalone inlays are prepared and fitted into the headstock using a mini router, witch's tooth, knife and small chisels .

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The neck tenon is being fitted to the body, here using a shoulder plane.

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The fit is checked for correct alignment and tightness.

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Routing the channel for the corner binding. A specially made jig is attached to the base of the router to give the correct size of rebate.

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A light stain is being applied to the maple front to warm it up and to accentuate the figure.

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Twelve to fifteen coats of lacquer are then sprayed on, cut back and polished to a high gloss.

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A close-up of Phil's headstock with abalone inlays.

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The guitar is then reassembled and strung...

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...and it can then be played.

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Course: January 2007
Phil Bates    Jeremy Bunting    Owen Davies    Lloyd Jackson    Sam Pelgrift

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