|Project by rdwile||posted 11-20-2012 01:39 AM||3065 views||4 times favorited||27 comments|
This is a project I finished a while back, but still remains as the project I am most proud of in 25 years of woodworking.
I think the arch top represents the pinnacle of the Luthier’s craft. All the technical challenges of a a flattop, except that its top and back are carved from a solid wood and fined tuned to make the perfect sounding instrument. They are also huge, 18” across the bottom end 3-4” wider than a normal steel string. They are built similar to a violin or mandolin with lots of shaping from the finest woods in the world.
This guitar is made from European Spruce and Maple which comes from the same forests from which Stradivarius sourced his materials 300 years ago.
This was made following the book and plans by Bob Benedetto who wrote the book on building an archtop – literally. While this instrument exceeded my expectations once finished, I will never build another, it’s far too much work!
Hope you enjoy,
-- Richard D. Wile, http://richard-wile.blogspot.ca/