A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to participate in a 3 day Guitars 4 Vets event.
Guitars for Vets is a non profit organization that offers a guitar instruction program for Veterans struggling with physical injuries, PTSD and other emotional distress. G4V provides free guitar instruction, a new acoustic guitar and a guitar accessory kit. You can learn more about them at their website http://www.guitars4vets.org/
This particular event was organized by George Vondriska of the Woodworker’s Guild of America. George has a whole page on his website about this event: Build a Vet a Guitar 2015
It was obvious by how well organized things were that George spent a tremendous amount of time preparing for this event. All together 40-50 people of all ages volunteered to help. This photo doesn’t show everyone because not everyone could be there for the entire weekend.
We started out with 12 guitar kits. It’s easy to think that building a guitar from a “kit” is a no brainer. I learned very quickly that building a guitar, even from a “kit”, requires a bit of know-how. Fortunately, George and a few of the other participants knew what they were doing!
A smaller group of us spent the day on Friday gluing the binding and purfling in place.
It might not look like it in this picture, but this is my idea of fun!
Most of the assembly took place on Saturday and we had to get at least one coat of finish on them by the end of the day.
Here they are on Saturday with the first coat of finish
George’s custom lasered medallions were a very nice touch!
The final assembly (and tuning!) took place on Sunday.
These guys are using their cell phone to check the tuning of the guitar. I never would have guessed that there is an app for tuning guitars, but there really is. No kidding!
There was lots of guitar playing and singing at the end of each day. My fingers don’t work too well on guitar strings, but I sure enjoyed relaxing while those more talented played the guitars.
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