This guitar will have very special curly Myrtle wood back and sides. A figured Redwood sound board and curly Eucalyptus bindings, end graft & heel cap. The neck will be South American Mahogany. Fret board Gaboon ebony with a 25.4" scale length.
Book matched sides have been sanded to 0.080" and ready for bending
Both sides in building form ready for heel & tail blocks
Sides with kerfed linings, tail and heel blocks installed
Above picture - back with back strip installed. In this picture you can see the very nice figure in this wood. The sides have the same figure that will show up much better after the finish has been applied.
Back reinforcing and 4 back braces have been installed. Two braces have been shaped and the other two are in the process of being shaped
Back installed and trimmed flush with the sides. I am now starting on the Redwood top. I will be using Curly Eucalyptus to bind the sound hole. The following pictures should explain that process but please contact me if you have questions
The soundhole rosette consists of 3 rings with a center ring of Pau Blue Abalone. Now the top will be braced prior to being fit and glued to the sides
And the top ready to be glued to the sides
Top Glued to sides This guitar has been SOLD!
Cutting channels for binding & purfling
Installing purfling and end graft before binding
Cutting neck tenon
Cut mortise & truss rod grove
Bridge from Ebony
Initial fitting of neck
Fret board inlay pieces have been photo copied and the photo copies glued to board
Using a dremel router, the cavity for the inlay is cut and the inlay fit to the fret board
All inlays have been cut and fit
The fret board is glued to the neck
Initial shaping of the neck
Fitting of neck to body
The sound box has been sprayed and buffed and the neck has been sealed and treated with Tru-Oil. Below the neck is attached for the final time to the body
The location for the bridge is determined and the bridge glued to the body
Leveling the frets and filing the nut string slots
Pictures of the finished guitar by Jeanne Giltzow
I delivered this guitar to the new owner and birthday boy : Brian Baker, this evening. His wife, Gretchen did the design work and I just put it together. Thanks Gretchen! Pictures of Brian below:
Another great home for a Giltzow Guitar. Thanks mdg
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