Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Olive Accents

After the binding was done I wanted to add some accents in olive wood. I chose to make an inlay in the back and came up with a simple block and thick ebony lines that kind of divide the to back pieces optically but without going all the way through. Olive wood is such a joy to work with and I was really amazed how beautiful it came out after scraping. Also the endgraft and the heel are featuring some olive wood from the same piece of wood.   

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Binding Day

After closing to boxes the next thing to do was binding. After all the preparation is done it takes blood (sometimes), sweat (all the time) and tears (hopefully not...only if the fit isn't perfect or mitres don't join properly) ... and a lot of tape.
It is one of the harder jobs in guitar making which there aren't a lot of but this certainly is one of the hard parts, forcing the binding and purfling into place and perfectly fitting along all the contours of the guitar body. But taking off the tape the next day feels like unwrapping a Christmas present...or it ends up in tears (see above)...

Binding is done. Time for a coffee.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

Building another Box

This is documenting the box building of my second build from the current batch. It's the SJ model with a Alpine spruce top and Euro Walnut back and sides. The neck is made from Honduran Mahogany and all appointments will be Ebony. The pictures are very much documenting the "Spanish method" of building the box.
I was a bit worried about bending the sides because the Walnut is quite curly but bending was a dream. So easy and so stable, just wonderful wood to work with.
Because of the softness along the grain the back features a lattice bracing system to avoid the sound getting to muddy. At least that's what I hope I will achieve.