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.
Most guitars would benefit from a professional set-up. A set-up involves
- Adjust truss rod for proper neck relief
- Set intonation compensation
- Set string arc (saddle height)
- Adjust action as required
-Redefine nut slots or shim and re-cut as required
-Clean and treat fingerboard
-Check all hardware for correct operation (tighten machine heads, pot/socket nuts etc.)
-Oil metal moving parts
-Replace missing screws
-Thorough play check.
After squaring the block the shape of the bridge was drawn onto the bridge blank.
The blank is the mounted into the routing jig with double sided tape.
The saddle slot is then routed to the correct depth.
The bridge is then ready for the final shaping and carving.