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

Instrument details: Sean Clark - Acoustic guitar


Sean has joined and surfaced his cedar front and is cutting it to shape.

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The front is thicknessed and a channel cut for the soundhole decoration.

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The fitted inlay.

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Blocking up the walnut neck.

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The truss rod is glued in to a deep slot in the neck with a fillet of wood covering.

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The walnut headstock veneer is then glued on.

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The front, neck and sides are assembled first. The cutaway side is glued to a rebate on the neck block while the non-cutaway side is glued into a slot in the neck with a wedge.

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Gluing on the back with go-bars.

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The trial stringing is primarily for finding out how the string tension affects the neck, but is also the first opportunity to find out how the instrument sounds.

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For a flat finish on an open-pored wood like walnut, the grain needs filling. The grain filler is rubbed into the wood and the excess scraped off.

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Sean's guitar with a satin finish.

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A close-up of Sean's bridge.

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Sean has finished and reassembled his guitar and checkss that all is working well.

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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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