Acoustic Guitar #5: Some initial assembly. Head and tail blocks

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 10-01-2012 09:26 PM 4718 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: The neck Part 5 of Acoustic Guitar series Part 6: Fitting the neck; gluing on the soundboard » that’s what the kerfing strips do!

Ah yes, a bit of old mantle piece; that’ll do for the two blocks…

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 10-01-2012 10:03 PM

Magnificent work! It’s inspiring.

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#2 posted 10-01-2012 10:07 PM

Fabulous. How did you arrive at the spacing for the ribs? Is there a book or pattern you are following?


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#3 posted 10-01-2012 10:14 PM


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#4 posted 10-01-2012 10:32 PM

Thank you Stewart…..a great blog.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#5 posted 10-01-2012 11:26 PM

Double sweet.
I love it.


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#6 posted 10-02-2012 12:13 AM

Really nice job Stewart.
Musical instruments are the pinnacle of woodworking achievement in my mind.
I’ll be watching and waiting for the final reveal.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees.

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#7 posted 10-02-2012 12:31 AM

Stewart, terrific and well documented blog. Cool

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#8 posted 10-02-2012 12:38 AM

Great story going on here.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 10-02-2012 04:57 AM

Stewart, I know you have a wooden hinge planned in this project somewhere. It is hard to believe you have joined the luthier church after all these years.

I eagerly await the next installment. Only 23 pinch clamps? Surely there are more lurking around the shop somewhere. Is it washing day?

This is great fun and I have enjoyed seeing all the steps. Thanks again for taking us along.

-- Big Al in IN

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#10 posted 10-02-2012 02:53 PM

Thanks all!

Schnable – I’m complicating life by following four different books! Basically it’s a Martin model OM in shape and style. The books are ‘Guitarmaking tradition and technology’ by Cumpiano; ‘Build your own acoustic guitar’ by Kinkead; ‘Step by step guitar making’ by Willis and ‘A Guitar Maker’s Manual’ by Williams.

It’s interesting that, no matter which facet of the build you look at, there are mostly two and often four different ways of approaching it. I suppose I’m majoring on Kinkead’s methods but with a sprinkling of the others where I favour them.

Big Al Boxguy – At 40 cents a dozen for pegs I can’t be throwing money away!! As for a wooden hinge Mmmm you’ve got me thinking!

alanealane – Considering your specialism, I’m honoured by your comment!

Shipwright – ...but ships take a lot of beating!

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#11 posted 10-03-2012 02:19 AM

I’m enjoying the blog Stewart, thanks for sharing.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#12 posted 10-03-2012 02:24 AM

Whoa, this one looks fancy and complicated all at once. Look forward to see it all come together.

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