Some progress shots of my newest archtop. Most archtops are 17in at the lower bout, this one is 13in. This guitar was started before Christmas. Work stopped to build a mando and started again Jan. 9. I’m pretty happy with the time, 8 ho...
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Location: Range View, Australia
I've made furniture, cabinets and things all my life. Now I'm more interested in luthiery and playing music.
Although I've made a fair few electric double basses, electric fiddles and 11 acoustic instruments ( inc. the double bass in my avatar ), here I'll mainly post furniture of my design.
Machinery, hand power tools and hand tools are all the same for me...just tools, some have much more charm than others, but in the end, just a means to my ends.
-- Bill....... " was you dryin' your nails or a wavin' me goodbye?" Tom Waits
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I didn’t get any photos of the fretting. The fingerboard is stuck to the fret scale template with double sided tape. The notches in the template index on a pin in the mitre box. Too easy, this scale is mando/ banjo. My others are guitar ...
The neck blank is cut in a wedge slightly wider than the fingerboard. This allows for large “ears” with no chance of exposing the glue line when cutting the headstock pattern. A face veneer and a backstrap are added. In this case the...
The body is dovetailed before the back goes on. I use a parallel dovetail like Bob Benedetto’s in his archtop guitar book. The advantage is, timber can be removed from the bottom of the neck heel to easily get the right neck height relativ...
I’m really pushing this one now, it’s going to be my new knock around mando. The timber is student grade for Jorge to get his feet wet but I think it will sound pretty good. Mandolins, archtop guitars and fiddles all have parallel ...