Here’s a photo diary of the latest guitar I’m working on.
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 – Ebony
Tuning Pegs – Ebony
Bridge – Indian Rosewood
This is my neighbour’s woodpile. They are lucky enough to have a big pile of olive roots to burn for the winter.
This is a piece of one of the olive roots.
Bands of maple are bent and inlaid around the central olive part with thin sycamore veneers to add contrast.
When the glue is all dry, I plane it down level with the surface of the soundboard.
It looks like this:
Thickness planing the soundboard to about 2.2mm.
Measuring the thickness.
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.
Photo taken just before the back was glued on
Cutting the channel for the bindings.
Detail for heel inlay.
Carving the Neck
Making the Bridge
Drilling the holes for the 13 hole tie block