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Blog series by Randy Price updated 915 days ago 14 parts 53157 reads 40 comments total

Part 1: Selecting the Plans

1054 days ago by Randy Price | 2 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. Blueprints for this guitar are available at Elderly Instruments. A tenor guitar is a small 4 string guitar tuned in 5ths like a violin or mandolin. Search YouTube for “tenor guitars” to see what one looks and sounds like. In this video I review two different plans for tenor guitars and select the wood for the back and sides.

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Part 2: Building a Tenor Guitar - Part 2 - Making the Top/Back Template

1048 days ago by Randy Price | 3 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In Part 2 see how the template for the guitar back and top is made.

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Part 3: Building a Tenor Guitar Part 3 - Making the Guitar Mold

1041 days ago by Randy Price | 3 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In Part 3 you will see how to build the guitar mold.

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Part 4: Dimensioning the Tenor Guitar Back and Sides

1034 days ago by Randy Price | 2 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In part 4 you will see how the back and sides are dimensioned and brought to the final thickness – from a plank of roughsawn walnut to the 0.80” thick back and sides.

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Part 5: Making the Spreader Clamps and Kerfed Linings

1027 days ago by Randy Price | 0 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In part 5 you will see how the spreader clamps for the guitar form and the kerfed linings are made.

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Part 6: Jointing and Gluing the Top and Back

1020 days ago by Randy Price | 2 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In part 6 I joint and glue the guitar top and back plates together.

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Part 7: Making the Soundhole Rosette

1005 days ago by Randy Price | 3 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In Part 7 see how to make a soundhole rosette of laminated walnut and curly maple.

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Part 8: Inlaying the Soundhole Rosette

999 days ago by Randy Price | 0 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In part 8 see how the soundhole rosette is inlaid into the guitar top using a shop built router circle cutting jig.

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Part 9: Bending the Sides

991 days ago by Randy Price | 7 comments »

Follow along as I build a Tenor Guitar. In Part 9 see how the sides are bent and fitted to the form to dry.

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Part 10: Gluing the Sides Together

963 days ago by Randy Price | 7 comments »

Follow along as I build a Tenor Guitar. In part 10 see how the two sides of the guitar are glued together.

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Part 11: Gluing up a Laminated Neck Blank

948 days ago by Randy Price | 2 comments »

Follow along as I build a Tenor Guitar. In this episode see how I glue up a laminated neck blank from mahogany, maple and walnut.

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Part 12: Gluing in the Kerfed Linings

936 days ago by Randy Price | 3 comments »

Follow along as I build a Tenor Guitar. In this episode see how the kerfed linings are glued in and and sanded flush with the guitar sides.

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Part 13: Sizing the Internal Bracing

920 days ago by Randy Price | 2 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In this video see how the internal bracing pattern is laid out and the brace stock is reduced to size.

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Part 14: Shaping and Attaching the Back Bracing

915 days ago by Randy Price | 4 comments »

Follow along as I build a tenor guitar. In this video see how the back bracing is shaped and glued to the back using a go-bar deck.

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