Course: May 2006
Charlie Cadell    Tom Grindle    David Nixon    Sean Noctor    Hordur Tomasson

Instrument details: Sean Noctor - Steel string guitar


Sean has joined the figured imbuya back and is surfacing it prior to cutting out the shape....

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...which is done with a fret saw.

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Braces are curved and glued to the front using go-bars.

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Sean is blocking up the neck which is more economical in material.

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The bridge to front join is critical and Sean is checking the fit.

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Depending on the bridge shape the shaping may be done before or after gluing.

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Cramping a rule to the front is a useful way of aligning the bridge while gluing.

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Bending the imbuya sides.

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A jig is used to cut the fret slots accurately.

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A drawknife can be used (with care) to rough shape the neck.

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The lacquer is cut back between each coat.

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Sean has opted for a traditional style bridge.

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The guitar can now be played.

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Course: May 2006
Charlie Cadell    Tom Grindle    David Nixon    Sean Noctor    Hordur Tomasson

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