I am building a guitar for a close friend. It will be a model GL-00. A small bodied guitar with a 24.5" scale and 12 frets to the neck/body joint. I am using a curly set of Mango for back and sides and a master grade Engelmann Spruce top. Bindings will be Bloodwood. Sides marked for cutting and then thinned to 0.085"
Bending sides at just over 300 degrees.
Bloodwood bindings and purfling bent and placed in a form until needed.
Both sides in building form
Heel and tail blocks glued to sides
I am using a new brand of kerfed lininig. It is laser cut by Ryan Guitars and is a lot more expensive than my regular lining. It is however, much more flexible and so follows the sides very nicely. In the picture below, the linings have been installed
Back plate glued with back strip of Bloodwood
Adding side reinforcement
Reinforcing strip added and cut for braces. First 2 braces glued
Braces glued and carving is almost done
Back ready to mate to sides
Tail graft taper
Installing the back
Back mated with sides - now to the soundboard
Rosette of gold Mother-of-Pearl with abalone inside and outside ring. This has to fit perfectly, there can be no gaps, as any gaps would be very easy to see. So..................
..... I inlaid the entire rosette in a scrap top (without glue) to get the inside & outside radii correct and the spacing of the channel.
Then I removed those pieces and inlaid them into the Engelmann top. I think it came out very well and the extra time getting the dimensions right was time well spent.
Start of bracing for soundboard
Top braced, carved and signed
Sound Board glued to sides
Installing Bloodwood bindings
Initial rough sanding of sides and bindings
Rough sanding of tail piece taper
Adding a center stripe of Bloodwood down the middle of the neck
Starting with a cut down the middle of the neck and adding a piece of 3/8" thick Bloodwood
Gluing and clamping
Cutting, smoothing and leveling
Routing for truss rod
Initial neck set
Gluing fret board to neck
Cutting channel for thin white stripe around peg head
White plastic strip inlay
Peg head veneer attached to neck
Peg head inlays
Six, six piece flowers to inlay in the fret board
Flowers plus hammock inlaid
Attaching neck to sound box
Locate bridge placement and remove finish from under the bridge
Gotoh tuners with bloodwood buttons
Fit bone nut blank
Shape nut and saddle - fit bridge pins - string up - set nut action - set action at 12th fret and install LR Baggs LB-6 pick up
It's done. Finished pictures by Jeanne Giltzow
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