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Hand crafted guitar now complete and ready to buy via Strung Out Guitars in Glasgow. Beautifully hand finished in shellac, and sounding awesome.
This instrument has a solid spruce top.
It has a brazilian rosewood bridge, and ebony and abalone bridge pins.
The soundhole rosette is beautiful rosewood and abalone design.
The fingerboard is wenge with Mother of Pearl dots.
This guitar has a mahogany neck and gold Gotoh machine heads.
And finally the back and sides are wenge.
Please feel free to contact me if you would like any further information.
Here is some pictures of the next stage of the assembly of the acoustic guitar I have been building.
Here’s part 2 of the soundboard bracing procedure pictures I completed recently.
I have recently been building an acoustic guitar inspired by the Martin 00-45. Once the rosette was inserted into a solid spruce top, the soundhole cut out and the board thicknessed, the bracing was added. I used a 4mm domed dish and a Go-bar press to glue these in.
The x-brace was there to help hold the soundhole bracing in place. It was then removed to allow carving of the bracing.
Here are some photographs of a recent job, attaching a Strat neck to a metal telecaster type body.
First I filled the existing pre drilled holes in the neck as they did not fit the spacing on the telecaster body.
The inserts were cut flush, and new holes were marked and drilled.
The neck was then screwed back on to the body.
Here are some pictures of a recently completed job, stripping the finish from a J Mascis Squier Jazzmaster body.
This solid mahogany bodied “Martin” Style Tenor Ukulele has now been sold.
The back, sides and soundboard were all solid mahogany, with rosewood and boxwood bindings. The bridge and fingerboard were wenge.
The neck was black walnut and the headstock veneer was wenge.
The instrument was then french polished.
For further notes on the construction of this instrument please check older posts.
Thanks again for all the interest.
As certain tonewoods become more difficult and expensive to source, I am always looking for suitable alternatives.
I am currently working on a couple of guitars using Wenge for the back and sides. Wenge grows in Congo, Cameroon, Gabon, Tanzania and Mozambique. The heartwood is dark brown, with fine close, near-black veins and white lines (the sapwood is whitish or pale yellow). The grain is fairly straight with a medium to course texture. It is a heavy and dense wood which is highly resistant to abrasion. It has high resistance to shock loads and a high bending strength. The wood works well with machine and hand tools. Gluing and polishing can be difficult because of the resin cells in the wood.It planes fairly easily.
Wenge is a durable wood and resistant to fungi and termites. The sapwood is permeable for preservative treatment, but the heartwood is highly resistant. It is most commonly used for furniture, turnery, carving and violin bows.