Started this guitar project for a friend of mine that has a band in Nashville. It is taking a while since I work offshore 4 weeks on and 4 weeks off. The body is curly maple and wenge laminate. The top plate will be wenge with purple heart accents. Doing all the electronics (except the pickups) myself. Here are the raw materials Neck glue up Shape of things to com. Used a band saw to cut general shape. Spoke shave and rasps for the final shape. Getting the c...
Hello. It has been a while since I last had a project build on this site, but I think my next build will make up for the silence. I am currently planning and ordering hardware for an electric banjo. A few months back I started playing the banjo and have really been enjoying it. I have also wanted to make a musical instrument for some time now. After jamming with some folks on my banjo playing along to pop, rock and folk music I thought an electric banjo might make a nice fit. So I began...
I have not made an instrument for a while, and some would say I have not built one this time either… My son has done a video demontrating the tuning, setup and playing of a strumstick. Squaring up the strumstick blanks On another WW Forum a while ago there was a post about building a Dulcitar or sometimes called strumstick. I said it would be cool to make a few of these for some fun. Not too much work, but a chance to hone the luthier skills for a change. I read the plans ...
Time, just now, doesn’t allow many words to describe this process. It’s my first attempt an an acoustic guitar. I hope I have taken enough photographs to tell the story. Other than the spruce soundboard, much of the instrument is made from bits and pieces from the shed. Ah yes, I started to make jigs five years ago! This is why I made the thicknessing sander! To Part Two
In this series, I’ll be building a simple cigar box guitar. You can see just how simple by comparing it to a proper instrument – Randall Price’s tenor guitar, for example. It’s a “through neck” design, meaning the neck goes all the way through the body, and only it counteracts the tension in the strings. The box is non-structural; it just looks good, and serves as a resonating chamber. The first step is to mill up a neck blank, then use it to lay out ...
Here are some images of the neck with the clamps removed. The fingerboard is glued on with some titebond II. One thing that I didn’t do that was on the example on the website that I am following is a spar in the neck. The 2024 aluminum that I found was $50 for a 3’ piece. Too much for me. So I left that piece out and we will see what becomes of it. If there is a noticable problem for me, I can always make another neck or just make a 2nd version of the banjo with the necessa...
After building my gas can guitar, I thought that I would build a canjo, or “banjo out of a gas can”. Basically, the guitar with a 5th string. After doing some research, (web surfing), I ran across this plan for making a “real” banjo. Here is my weekend progress on the neck of the banjo. It is made from three pieces of madrone laminated together with black walnut for the finger board, and quarter sawn sycamore for the peg head. I will use either ebony or a bone ...
I’ve recently started working on a couple (three, actually) new banjos. At the moment, they consist solely of mostly-complete fretboards. I’ll get some more pictures of the fretboards as they develop, but for the moment here are a couple of quick jigs. They’re nothing to write home about, but might spur some thought. Fretboard slotting jig, aka miter box I built this miter box several years ago during construction of my first instrument, which was essentially a str...
I’ve been rather busy with life the last couple years, but I’m finally back in the shop and up to no good again! Here’s what I’m up to for anyone who’s interested… A few years back I was conversing with a co-worker and fellow guitar player. Aware I was an amateur woodworker, he suggested I build a guitar. “Luthiery requires special tools and skills…training. Naw, I couldn’t do that,” I said. Google search. Fast forward to la...
This is for my son. He was adopted at age 19, came home the year before that. He is the bio-sister of one of our daughters. He had 2nd grade education when he came home. In the morning he works for me at the nursery and in the afternoon and evening my wife home-schools him to get his high-school diploma. It is a tough road for a special needs child to do this at later age. We love him a lot. He will be turning 21 this month. So for his birthday I was thinking about making him a drum. A Caj...
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