Course: January 2015
Martin Burke    Jay Lilley    Steve Reynolds

Instrument details: Steve Reynolds - Arch top semi-acoustic guitar


Joining the maple wedges for the front

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The one piece Brazilian mahogany back is planed flat before cutting out

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The outside is carved to shape with small planes and finished with a scraper

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Cutting out the f holes

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The final shape is perfected with knives.

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Once the neck is blocked up the truss rod is installed - a good chance to make some notes.

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Fitting the tenon joint

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The trial stringing

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Filling the fret ends prior to finishing

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The light sunburst stain has been applied by hand. The mahogany's grain is then filled prior to lacquering.

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Polishing the lacquer. Attaining the full clarity in the finish will have to wait until the lacquer has cured some more though.

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Oiling the fingerboard before reassembly.

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Much of the wiring loom has already been previously completed outside the guitar. The pickups and earth wire now need to be soldered before feeding the loom through the 'f' holes.

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Finally the guitar can be plugged in and tried out!

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Jay, Steve and Martin with their completed instruments.

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Course: January 2015
Martin Burke    Jay Lilley    Steve Reynolds

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