Course: September 2011
Reid Bower    Jake Landau    Martin Smith    Fried van Doorslaer    Barnaby Walters

Instrument details: Reid Bower - Steel string acoustic guitar


Reid is shooting the edges of his rosewood back ready for joining.

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Gluing the back.

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One joined, the back is cut to shape.

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After gluing the braces, they are carved to shape.

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Some makers believe there is a correlation between the modal patterns, formed by vibrating tea leaves at the resonant frequencies of the braced front, and the sound of the final instrument.

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Reid has blocked up the neck and is gluing the truss rod along it's length.

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Bending the sides.

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The fret slots are cut on a jig.

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Gluing the fingerboard.

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After gluing the bindings must be scraped flush.

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The final sanding is a time-consuming but essential step towards a good finish.

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The finish, in this case a wiping varnish, can be applied.

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Course: September 2011
Reid Bower    Jake Landau    Martin Smith    Fried van Doorslaer    Barnaby Walters

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