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Blog series by PittsburghTim updated 10-07-2012 07:21 PM 3 parts 5499 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Good Start

09-30-2012 09:59 PM by PittsburghTim | 1 comment »

I recently purchased a book called the Handmade Music Factory by Mike Orr. I had seen another book on the topic reviewed here several weeks ago and that stirred my interest. I haven’t played an instrument since I was forced to take several years of piano lessons by my mom some 35 years ago, but I just finished to large coffee table projects and wanted something new to start. I read through the book and decided to start with a three-string, fretless guitar, I stopped at the local c...

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Part 2: Neck, fretboard, and body

10-06-2012 11:32 AM by PittsburghTim | 0 comments »

To continue my venture into home made music, I used a rat tail file to make a recess at the end of the fretboard for the nut, which is, ironically, a bolt. The nut is not my term, but us the traditional name for the piece where the strings transition from the end of the fretboard and turn down to the tuning pegs. At this point, I glued the fretboard to the neck and set it aside to dry. While drying, I cut two soundholes into the body (cigar box) making sure they did not interfere with wh...

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Part 3: Finishing Touches

10-07-2012 07:21 PM by PittsburghTim | 4 comments »

I applied Danish Oil to both the box and the neck/fretboard before I assembled the guitar, but after I glued a few loose corners of the paper wrapper. After finishing, I began assembly. I inserted the neck through the box. Next, I drilled holes for the 1/4 inch jack and two potentiometers or pots. I installed the electronics and then closed the box. I drilled and countersunk two brass screws to hold the neck and box top firnly in place. I did not glue the box at this time as I was not ov...

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