Totnes School of Guitar Making, South Devon, England, UK Totnes School of Guitar Making, South Devon, England, UK Totnes School of Guitar Making, South Devon, England, UK
Guitar making course, Totnes, Devon

Course photos: January 2018

Instrument details: Richard Waddell - Semi-acoustic guitar

Construction

The join in the spruce wedges must be seamless prior to gluing

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The glued front is planed to a nominal height before carving

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Fine tuning the shape with scrapers

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The f-hole is sawn out and the edges cleaned with a knife

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Gluing the headstock veneer, in Richard's case a sandwich of ebony and holly

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Drilling the machine head holes

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Bending the sides - comparing with the template

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Rough shaping the back of the neck

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Planing the fingerboard camber. Using a plane rather than shaped sanding blocks gives greater freedom, for compound radius profiles for example

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The tremolo recess

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Time for the trial stringing 'in the white'...

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..this is when any final checks and adjustments can be made

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Finishing

Richard has sprayed the front a translucent white and finished the maple back and sides with a light oil varnish

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Completed Instrument

Richard's finished guitar

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Course photos: January 2018

Totnes School of Guitarmaking  Collins Road, Totnes, Devon, England, TQ9 5PJ  Phone: +44 (0)1803 865255
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