The Lutz plate is jointed and then joined using hot hide glue and the tent method. For those of you that don't know Lutz is a naturally ocurring hybrid spruce between White Spruce and Sitka Spruce. This particular plate is probably the best North American spruce I have ever found.
Next job is to install the rosette, first I draw the template on the guitar, measure 147mm down from the top and drill a hole for the pin.
The channel is routed and the rosette of b/pear/b and Ziricote is glued in.
The plate is sanded to near final thickness, and the bracing pattern is drawn on the back, I do this before I cut out the soundhole as I use the centre of the soundhole to reference the layout and it's easier with just the small centre hole.
Bracing of the soundboard is next. My braces are all inlet to each other forming a single structure. After preparing the rough European spruce braces and cutting all the little mortice and tenon joints the braces are glued on to the soundboard using Hot Hide glue in the go-bar deck. The upper transverse brace will be added later.
Label glued in and then time to close the box. Fish glue and a go-bar deck take care of the latter. Never to be opened again until they restore the guitar for the Victoria and Albert Museum retrospective exhibition of my work in 2150 to celebrate 200 years since my birth.
Forget all of the current political shenanigans, the subject on everyone's mind has been "Will it be a flat head or slothead?". Well decision made, it's a FLATHEAD! I had a set of Gotoh flathead tuners on the shelf, so easy choice.
My standard scarfed mahogany neck is put together and the carbon rods and truss rod are installed, before I glue on the stacked heel I need to establish the neck angle, so I use my adjustable guide on the body of the guitar.
Guess what it's 1.5deg, it's always 1.5deg, of course the day I don't measure it......
The neck extension is cut to thickness and the stack heel glued in place and a Ziricote head plate glued on. When dry the neck is cut to rough shape on the bandsaw and the head shaped, I had my 'gibsony' template handy, so that's what it gets.
The neck heel and shaft are 90% shaped and it's 1 o'clock and time for lunch, 'dum-di-dum-di-dum-dum'. (for all of you early Genesis fans out there).
Life is a bit like a toilet roll, the closer you get to the end the faster it seems to go.
walkingdecay: Was hoping that when Boris Johnson rushed to Whaley Bridge it meant the failing dam was going to be plugged with lard.
Aug 2, 2019 22:56:12 GMT
Onechordtrick: Stricken with man flu. Off work but no energy to play my new guitar
Aug 6, 2019 15:52:13 GMT
Akquarius: get well soon!
Aug 6, 2019 16:09:01 GMT
martinrowe: The first mandolin I bought - the next day I took a sickie
Aug 6, 2019 18:34:52 GMT
Onechordtrick: Akquarius thanks, martinrowe hoping to find the the sweet spot between well enough to play and well enough to work
Aug 7, 2019 5:45:00 GMT
walkingdecay: When my wife's away I sometimes play mando in bed while watching box sets on the telly. Only downside is that the dogs take the opportunity to join me on the bed. Get well soon Onechordtrick.
Aug 7, 2019 7:47:49 GMT
Onechordtrick: I may just have taken my son out for his first date
Aug 14, 2019 12:42:20 GMT
ocarolan: Shouldn't he be dating someone nearer his own age...?
Aug 14, 2019 16:26:04 GMT