Course: January 2008
Dave Atkins    Andy Davis    Ewan MacIntyre    Iacopo Nesi    Simon Scott    Severin Victor

Instrument details: Simon Scott - Steel string guitar


Simon has opted for a thin ring of abalone for the soundhole decoration. The outer lines are fitted first and the wood between them removed with a small router plane or 'witches tooth'..

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The pieces of shell are then individually cut and fitted into the resulting channel.

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Go bars are used to glue the back braces on.

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Here Simon is gluing the headstock veneer on. The set square is used to align the veneer square to the centre line during gluing.

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Simon is shaping the headstock, after which it will be thicknessed and the machine head holes drilled.

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Bending the sides.

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With the main body assembled, the linings are prepared to accept the back.

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The sides are sanded free from any small irregularities ready for the binding channels to be routed.

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The bridge is planed and shaped with a thick piece of card protecting the front.

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Part of the final set-up is filing the nut slots to give the correct action at the 1st fret, measured with feeler gauges.

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Any small gaps can be filled with shellac stick prior to finishing.

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Course: January 2008
Dave Atkins    Andy Davis    Ewan MacIntyre    Iacopo Nesi    Simon Scott    Severin Victor

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