Course: January 2018
Torstein Arntsen    Joss Motley-Nash    Richard Platt    Thomas Sellers    Richard Waddell

Instrument details: Richard Waddell - Semi-acoustic guitar


The join in the spruce wedges must be seamless prior to gluing

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The glued front is planed to a nominal height before carving

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Fine tuning the shape with scrapers

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The f-hole is sawn out and the edges cleaned with a knife

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Gluing the headstock veneer, in Richard's case a sandwich of ebony and holly

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Drilling the machine head holes

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Bending the sides - comparing with the template

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Rough shaping the back of the neck

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Planing the fingerboard camber. Using a plane rather than shaped sanding blocks gives greater freedom, for compound radius profiles for example

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The tremolo recess

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Time for the trial stringing 'in the white'...

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..this is when any final checks and adjustments can be made

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Richard has sprayed the front a translucent white and finished the maple back and sides with a light oil varnish

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Richard's finished guitar

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Course: January 2018
Torstein Arntsen    Joss Motley-Nash    Richard Platt    Thomas Sellers    Richard Waddell

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