Course: January 2006
Joel Banman    Kate Bomphrey    Tiger Coleman    Josep Helgason    John Skelton    Nick Tilley

Instrument details: Tiger Coleman - Acoustic bass guitar


Having finalised the body shape, Tiger is transferring the outline to some template material using a template follower.

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Tiger is cutting out the rosewood back with a fretsaw.

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A router plane is ideal for making the recesses for the soundhole inlay.

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The prepared pieces of ebony are then glued into the front.

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Tiger is gluing the back braces, holding them in position with go-bars.

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With the bridge outline finalised, the gluing surface is prepared. A plane and scraper are used to shape the bridge to match the curve that is in the front.

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Tiger is bending the rosewood sides using the template to gauge his progress.

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The cutaway point is achieved using an internal block.

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Tiger is gluing the fingerboard using a caul to ensure it glues evenly. This is best done on it's side so that the weight of the cramps doesn't distort the neck.

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Drilling the bridge pin holes. This determines the string alignment on the fingerboard.

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The mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlay completes the soundhole decoration.

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Tiger plays his completed guitar.

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Course: January 2006
Joel Banman    Kate Bomphrey    Tiger Coleman    Josep Helgason    John Skelton    Nick Tilley

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