Saturday, 30 January 2016

OM


Here are a few more pictures of my latest OM model. It has a German alpine spruce top and Honduras rosewood back and sides. The neck is cedro or Spanish cedar and everything else is ebony.
For the tuning machines I used the perfect Waverlys with ebony buttons. Just the perfect tuner for a vintage inspired slotted headstock.
This guitar will be with me at the "Bremen Guitar Art" Festival where I will exhibit and can be tryed out!





Friday, 29 January 2016

Finishing the OM



After finishing the bridge I didn't find the time to continue the OM until this week. But I wanted it to be finished to take it to my next exhibition which will be the "Bremen Guitar Art" from 19th to 21st of february.


Here are some shots of the process. The last steps start when the lacquer has cured and is ready to be sanded and buffed to a high polish. In this case it is a semi  gloss DD lacquer which is super thin yet resistend and can as well be polished to a very high degree. The top is high gloss and back and sides left at a semi gloss.
I am ALWAYS nervous when it comes to fitting the bridge and getting the position right. This has to be absolutely correct as it is important for getting the intonation right. But after checking 3 times then having a coffee and checking again I feel confident enough to drill through the pin holes and fix the bridge position.
Then I have to carefully cut through the lacquer and remove it where the bridge is glued on the top.


After gluing the bridge I leave the guitar for at least two days and let the glue dry. Next this neck got some oil.
What I really enjoy is fitting the tuning machines and making the nut and saddle. Its the last steps before putting strings on and this is a really good moment. It is curiosity and excitement. I always have something in my mind how I expect the guitar to sound. Now after the strings are on and tuned to pitch the guitar does not sound good. It is more likeputting strings on a cartboard box. But you can hear it change dramatically after the instrument acclimates to the string tension.

Only a few hours later this guitar sounded pretty promissing!



Monday, 11 January 2016

Bridge Day


Bridge making day! Ebony bridge for the latest OM. I haven't had much time to finish this guitar although I can't wait to hear it's voice. Tomorrow starts a building workshop but I hope to find some time for it in between.

Friday, 1 January 2016

Rosette making



Happy new year to everyone!!! I hope you had a good start in 2016. The first post in the new year is something that goes back a few weeks but didn't made it to finish a post.
I have started my new builds and prepared some custom rosettes. These two are for a comission for two guitars that will go to the US and I am very excited that these will be the first two Voss guitars that will be shipped across the atlantic!
Now I took some pictures of the process and thought it might be nice to share these and explain about how I make them. First thing is to make this kind of sheme or mosaik. Pearwood pieces are cut out and glued with tidebond woodglue. I use a plane and plates with sandpaper to fit the individual pieces. The thin lines are black dyed poplar veneer that is glued in between the pearwood pieces.



3 to 4 hours later an odd shaped ring is assembled. After this has dried I fix all the joints with low viscosity superglue which at the same time makes the ring stick to a piece of plywood with packing tape. The importance is to get a removable glue joint with the surface. This makes it possible to put the hole thing through a drum sander and cut out a ring shape with a circle cutter and afterwards remove the cut out ring from the plywood.  



Last step is to add some veneers to the ring. The veneers make it a finished rosette that is strong enough to be sanded flat with a drum sander. This makes fitting the rosette into the top easy.