Course: May 2009
James Brooks    Sean Clark    John MacFarlane    Richard Parsons    Felix Telford

Instrument details: Richard Parsons - Acoustic guitar


Richard has prepared the join in the maple back and is checking the fit .

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The outside is surfaced with a cabinet scraper.

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The soundhole inlay has been fitted and is scraped flush.

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Carving the front braces.

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Here Richard is checking the fit if the bridge which must perfectly match the shape of the front.

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A good plan and accurate marking out are essential.

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With the guitar assembled, Richard is drilling holes for the bridge pins.

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The frets have been stoned and are recrowned with a special file.

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The maple bindings are sealed with shellac prior to colouring the guitar. They can then be scraped clean before the clear lacquer is applied

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The lacquer has been flattened and polished and the pickup is fitted. This is a job best done with the aid of a cup of tea - as evidenced by the reflection in the lacquer.

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The back of Richard's guitar.

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Richard's headstock with traditional fleur-de-lis mother of pearl inlay.

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Richard with his completed guitar.

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The May-July 2009 group.

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Course: May 2009
James Brooks    Sean Clark    John MacFarlane    Richard Parsons    Felix Telford

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