Course: May 2007
Tom Abbe    Dave Austin    Kieran Binnie    Conor Glavin    Owen Williams

Instrument details: Tom Abbe - Electric guitar


Tom is making a V-shaped electric and is joining the two halves of the body.

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Tom is using some quilted maple for a facing veneer. A piece is sawn in half to give a bookmatched pair.

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The two halves are then planed on a shooting board ready for gluing together.

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The maple top has been glued to the body and the control cavity is routed out of the back.

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The neck is blocked up to give the necessary headstock angle and heel depth.

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The surfaces have been planed and the headstock veneer is glued on. A plywood caul is used to spread the pressure of the cramps.

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Tom is preparing the tenon join prior to shaping the heel.

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The frets are levelled with a diamond stone prior to recrowning and polishing.

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Tom has inlayed black pearl into the headstock and is engraving intricate detail into it.

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Tom has used a wipe on epoxy resin finish to protect the wood while maintaining a natural look.

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Most of the wiring is assembled outside of the instrument leaving just the pickups, earth wire and output jack to be connected at the final assembly.

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Tom finally gets to play his finished instrument.

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Course: May 2007
Tom Abbe    Dave Austin    Kieran Binnie    Conor Glavin    Owen Williams

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