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 is neutral to start.
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.
Koa rosette with curly maple/bwb trim rings installed in an adirondack red spruce top.
The top thickness is .090″, the rosette is .045″ let into the top and carefully trimmed
from 2009, a 17″ noncutaway hollowbody electric archtop, vintage burst. Engleman top, red maple back and sides, 5 ply vertical laminate neck maple, cherry.
There are changes afoot for the new year. After 40+ years of luthier skills, building and repairing guitars and stringed instruments on a side bench I am changing keys. I will still be accepting interesting and compelling woodworking projects but it is time to get out from under the “big” wood… 2014 will see donald k wilson fine woodworking re focused and transitioning to donald k wilson stringed instruments. Check back and watch the change, take a look around, I think you will like what you see.