I have five grandchildren and want to build a guitar for each of them as they become old enough to play. I have built two already and am now starting on the third for Gracie. We have chosen the SMG model (small parlor guitar). This guitar is small enough for young hands but puts out a full bodied guitar sound. It is the same shape as the" Voo'Doo Guitar" and the parlor I built for Dave M. Gracie is helping with wood selection and will be picking her own inlays. She has chosen a nice set of 'Monkey Pod' for back & sides.
Laying out the sides before bending
First bent side
Both sides in the building form
Gluing the heel block to sides
Bearclaw Sitka Spruce sound board
Pau blue Abalone rosette
Joining the back with back strip
Back bracing glued and shaped
Back mated with sides
Top bracing installed and shaped.
Sound board glued to sides
Binding channels cut and black/white/black purfling super glued to channels
Fitting Aspen binding
Using fish glue and shock cord to attach bindings
Cutting mortise for neck
Initial neck fit
Fossil ammonite from the Cretaceous - will be inlaid into the peg head
Pore filling body with epoxy
Rough shaping neck
Inlaying the fossil ammonite and getting ready to cut the pocket for palm & G
Frets installed and square MOP inlayed
Neck attached to body
Bridge installed. In this picture you can see the nice bear claw figure in the Sitka top
Pick guard from Monkey Pod cut offs from the back. Gracie inlay from Aspen that was used for the bindings.
Finished pictures by Jeanne Giltzow
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