Current Production --
The photos on this
page are of my current production batch (I generally make 8 to 12 guitars in a
batch) This page will have the photos that are generic to all of the
guitars (such as making the rosettes.) At the bottom of the page are
links to the page showing the entire batch and to each of the pages for
This is the first of
the "General" pages for this batch - it shows pictures of steps
that are generic for every guitar in the batch. There are several
such pages. See also PAGE 2; PAGE 3;
PAGE 4; .
The photos are thumbnails.
Click on the photo and you will automatically go to the
I am close to finishing with gluing on top braces. Some of the
shaping and sanding is done but not all.
More of the same
Gluing in a tail block.
And a neck block - this one is a cutaway.
The cavity for the end wedge is done on these and so are the dovetail in
Gluing on back braces.
Koa back with braces on.
The other side
Sides cut for end wedge
Sides cut for dovetail
Cutting end wedge cavity
cutting dovetail joint in body
Ribs (sides) ready to be shaped for back taper/curve
The tool for this is a dome shaped sanding disc
Which is rotated on the sides to create the proper shape
Gluing in the linings
Same, for a cutaway
This set of ribs is ready for a back and top
Gluing on a back
End Wedge in place.
Three ribs with the backs glued on but not trimmed
Same three with the backs trimmed to the sides.
Carving top braces
Top braces are all shaped and sanded smooth.
Sides are notched to accept the top and the braces.
Top is ready to be glued on.
Top being glued on.
Top is on but not trimmed
Still not trimmed
Sanding the sides
Bodies are all together
Starting to lay out the necks
Neck blanks have been band sawn to shape and pegheads shaped. Also
the shafts are thicknessed
The first one here is partly shaped
More shaping is done
Starting to install truss rods
Gluing in the filler strip over the truss rod
More of the same
Truss rods are in
Necks and bodies are moving right along.
More on the binding process
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