Tuesday, 23 September 2014
A new project on the bench, 4 cigar box guitars. All of the same dimensions, 25" scale length, same size bodies, all 5 splices neck maple / mahogany / oak. The body woods will vary, I have lined up some walnut, mahogany, purple heart and oak. All to be 3 strings, probably 2 resonators and all will have a pick up on the neck position. Neck through and strings through body, medium frets "not sure about how many as yet". It's my first time on this kind of instrument. I very much look forward to this :)
The splices for the 4 necks are all cut and planed, ready to glue today.
The ones of you who knows me are aware of my policy of keeping away from straight up copies. Nevertheless a year or so ago I've agreed to build 3 Klein headless guitar copies to be built one at the time with no finish or electrics. I've now began work on the last of them. Pics to follow
Thursday, 10 July 2014
This are two A5 Type Mandolins wich I'm making simultaneously. They are slightly different as one will have a central sound hole where the other will have 2 F holes. For the rest both have figured Sapele back and sides from the same board, European spruce top logged in England, all blocks, bracing a and kerfing are cut from a log of willow cut from a tree 5 miles down the road. Will spot a Benedetto style tail piece made of Snakewood, fret board, bridge and all bindings will be in Snakewood as well.
The second is following slowly but proceeds well