Building up a vintage burst on a GC16 adirondack spruce top
crack repair, archtop soundboard
Detail of the peghead volute and overlay on the back of the neck for Koa/Adirondack GC16. The neck is striped hondouran mahogany with a curly maple ribbon. The volute overlay is ebony/maple /ebony. The volute is a geometric transition between two different dimensions and angles at the junction of neck and peghead.
Fine tuning the compound radius on the neck of a Koa/Sitka, GC16 acoustic guitar. I use specifically shaped templates for different neck profiles. they guide the transition from the generic machine radius to a custom fit for an individual player.
This is a sequence of photos showing the resaw of a nice block of figured white oak crotch. The piece was rescued from the woodpile after being rejected as unsplittable. The properties that saved it from the wood stove are readily visible as figure in the three cuts.
I came in the shop the other morning, 6:30 am, and the light was “just right” on this archtop under construction on the bench. Nothing technical or luthier geek here, just a nice look… I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.
I glue the fretboards to the neck before fretting,. This allows me to get the neck and fretboard straight as a unit and have an equilibrium point as a baseline before fretting. Installing the frets will cause slight pressure in the slots and generate a slight backbow. Straightening this is a little easier if everything […]
Roping the necks of three different guitars into a batch of similar tasks. Glued, shaped, fretboards radiused, slotted,bound and attached to the necks. Ready for fretting, final shaping, alignment and attaching to the bodies.
This is an earlier picture of the Koa rosette inlay components and the Adirondack spruce top before the glue up. The Koa rosette and two BWB trim rings all set into the “rabbet” or slot cut in the top.