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

Instrument details: Tom Grindle - Electric guitar


The very figured quilted maple facing has been joined and Tom is using a scraper to smooth the surface free from tearout.

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The facing is then glued to the mahogany body.

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Many of the cavities are more easily routed out before the body shape is cut out.

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The truss rod channel is routed using a side fence against the edge of the neck.

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Drilling machine head holes.

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Using a vertical drill press ensures straight, accurate holes for the machine heads.

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The neck is rough shaped with a rasp.

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Having routed the trem cavities Tom checks the alignment.

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The holes for the bridge posts must be very accurate - any error and the string alignment and the location of the trem in it's recess will suffer.

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A shellac wash coat gives a natural warmth to the wood and improves adhesion of the lacquer.

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The guitar is assembled.

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A close-up shows off the beautiful figure of the quilted maple.

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Tom plays the final instrument.

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

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