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

Instrument details: Richard Steel - Electric guitar


Richard is checking his one piece mahogany body for flatness.

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A channel is routed for the truss rod which is installed under the fingerboard.

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The headstock is then shaped.

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The fingerboard is planed flat and will be shaped and slotted before it is glued on.

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A Floyd Rose style trem is fitted using four different routing templates, including one for the spring cavity in the back.

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The fingerboard is cut to outline and slotted before fitting.

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Small dowels are used to locate the fingerboard for gluing. These will later be covered by the frets.

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It is then glued using a caul on top.

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The guitar is assembled ready for the trial stringing.

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Measurements are taken of relief and action. Any adjustments can then be made prior to finishing.

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Final body shaping.

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Drilling for side dots.

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Richard is sanding back the lacquer between coats.

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Richard has made a second guitar alongside the first during the course.

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The finished guitar.

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

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