Building a Traditional Flamenco Guitar

22 Aug

Here’s a photo diary of the latest guitar I’m working on.

Materials:

Neck – Honduras Cedar

Soundboard – European Spruce

Body – Spanish Cypress

Head Veneer – European Maple, Indian Rosewood

Rosette – Galilee Olive root, European Maple

Bindings – Galilee Rosewood (Sesam)

Fingerboard and Bridge – Indian Rosewood

Tuning Pegs – English Boxwood

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The Neck

guitar neck

headmarking

headcarving

heelmarking

heelcarving

heelcarving2

neckgw2013

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The Rosette

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This is my neighbour’s woodpile. They are lucky enough to have a big pile of olive roots to burn for the winter.

olivewoodlog

This is a piece of one of the olive roots.

rosette1

On the top left of the picture you can see a small part of that olive root. That was sliced very thin and inlaid into a groove cut in the soundboard.

rosette2

Bands of maple are bent and inlaid around the central olive part with thin sycamore veneers to add contrast.

rosette3

When the glue is all dry, I plane it down level with the surface of the soundboard.

It looks like this:

rosette4

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Assembly

thicknessing

Thickness planing the soundboard to about 2.2mm.

measuringthickness

Measuring the thickness.

guitarparts

All the parts ready to be assembled. At the bottom you can see the kerfed linings that will hold the guitar together. Above those are the sides. At this stage they’re still flat and have to be bent to shape.

assembly

Photo taken just before the back was glued on

routing

Cutting the channel for the bindings.

heelinlay

Detail for heel inlay.

heelinlay2

binding

scraping

bindings1

back

back2

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