Acoustic Guitar #7: Attaching the back

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Blog entry by YorkshireStewart posted 10-02-2012 06:07 PM 3005 reads 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Fitting the neck; gluing on the soundboard Part 7 of Acoustic Guitar series Part 8: Bit of this; bit of that. »

Take a long look at your sculpture Stewart; it’s the last you will see of it!

Spread the Titebond. Not too much; we don’t want a mess inside there. In the Shaker tradition, even though we can’t see it, The Almighty can.

The plywood caul is flexible enough to follow the curvature of the back or front.

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

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 10-02-2012 06:11 PM

That clamping coffin is fantastic – thanks for posting these because I’m semi planning on building one and by the time I learn how to play I might actually have finished it – I already have twinkle twinkle little star down :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 10-02-2012 06:27 PM

That’s a coffin?!

... clamping jig… (coffin)...

Sure looks strong… It’s not going anywhere!... for sure…

Don’t bury it… we have come too far for that… LOL

Looking SUPER good!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#3 posted 10-02-2012 06:39 PM

Coffin? Yes I like that! I don’t believe I’ll wear it out in my lifetime!

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

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#4 posted 10-02-2012 07:20 PM

I’m lovin’ this journey you’re taking us on Stewart. I can’t wait for the YouTube link of you playing it. :o)

Nice work!

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 10-02-2012 09:53 PM

It’s turning out great. Working on an electric right now. Super intimidated by how detailed the work is on the acoustic. Totally inspired though.

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#6 posted 10-02-2012 11:44 PM

I think the inside is just as awesome as the outside.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 10-03-2012 02:28 AM

It is a shame to cover up all that beautiful work. Its going to be great!

Do you have to know how to play a guitar to make one?

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

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#8 posted 10-03-2012 02:32 AM

What does it say on the inside Stewart, looks like a few lines of writing in one of the pictures?

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#9 posted 10-03-2012 02:56 AM

Well done Yorkie. Great craftmanship.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 10-03-2012 08:40 AM

Stewart, sculpture is an apt phrase. Beautiful job. Now the proof is in the sound and ease of play. Another step down. Thanks for taking us along.

-- Big Al in IN

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 09:17 AM

ShaneA – It’s a tradition to sign and date the underside of the soundboard.

Mauricio – You don’t need to know how to play one. All you need to be able to do is two things- cut wood and glue wood back together!

Andy Brit – I bought Bert Weedon’s book “Play in a day” in 1961. It has been one hell of a long day!

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

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