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.
ocarolan: I've never seen tartan skipping either...
Sept 22, 2019 13:19:07 GMT
martinrowe: Need some new glasses?
Sept 22, 2019 15:12:58 GMT
Akquarius: what's a skip?
Sept 22, 2019 19:33:03 GMT
Wild Violet: A skip is another word for a dumpster - a very large metal bin that are often behind businesses and can be raided for food or to find things to sell. Or so I hear...
Sept 23, 2019 7:36:20 GMT
walkingdecay: Good thinking about the two for one, Martin. I'd have the second one made up into a suit. I'd look slightly less awful than usual in a tartan suit, I reckon.
Sept 23, 2019 11:11:07 GMT
ocarolan: ...and, you would be hard to spot when standing by piles of shortbread tins, Pete.
Sept 23, 2019 11:18:18 GMT
martinrowe: Skips are hard to get rid of though - if you ever think of de-cluttering
Sept 23, 2019 13:01:12 GMT
walkingdecay: Have a great meet-up folks.
Sept 24, 2019 16:12:20 GMT
Akquarius: thanks Pete :-) too bad you can't be there!
Sept 24, 2019 18:51:16 GMT
Onechordtrick: All quiet from Halifax. Should somebody check that they’re OK?
Sept 29, 2019 8:59:59 GMT
ocarolan: Most folk left now - just stragglers remain. Forum should get more news, pics, vids over the next few days/weeks. Was fab w/e, of course with friends old and new, lots of music, laughter, booze etc. A worthy 10th.
Sept 29, 2019 12:30:08 GMT
stevie2sticks: Congratulations. My youngest, 2 and a bit has just done "twinkle twinkle little star" on his Kazoo working on "a train" on harmonica, I've ear marked him a guitar. I started training him Klingon but grandma intervened.
Sept 29, 2019 16:49:24 GMT
Akquarius: To all of you who did not attend Halifax this year. You definitely missed a big thing!
Oct 1, 2019 19:15:18 GMT
martinrowe: Perfect Pitch: Lobbing a banjo into a skip and completely covering the accordion.
Oct 12, 2019 7:58:34 GMT
ocarolan: Q: If you drop simultaneously a banjo and an accordion from an aeroplane, which instrument will hit the ground first? A: Who cares?!
Oct 14, 2019 17:44:48 GMT