It's All Done!!!

Monday, September 1st, 2008:

Here's what I did today to finish it all up:

  1. I drilled the hole for the end pin (ebony with abalone dot) and the remaining four holes in the bridge.
  2. I spent about an hour leveling and dressing the frets and cleaning up the fingerboard of glue/masking tape residue, etc. I then applied lemon oil to the fingerboard and bridge.
  3. I fit a 3/32" saddle to the bridge saddle slot and trimmed it to about 5/32" above the bridge.
  4. I installed the tuners (Schaller gold tuners with ebony knobs) and the strap peg for the heel.
  5. I did some preliminary shaping of the nut and cut the slots for the strings into the nut.
  6. Then I strung it up and spent about an hour or so filing the nut slots down until I had it just the way I wanted it.
  7. Finally, I filed the saddle down until the action was where I wanted it.

It sounds good! I can't wait to see how it will sound once it really loosens up and loses that "tight" sound it tends to have at first, at the first stringing up. Once it loosens up, I may do some more fine tuning of the action.

Here are some photos:




Now I need to find a case for this guitar!!!




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  1. A Little Detour....A Tour of My Workroom!!!
  2. Joining the Top
  3. Starting to Bend
  4. Bending, Day 2
  5. Bending, Day 3
  6. Neck Block, Center Strip, Cutaway!
  7. Bracing the Back, Gluing in the Blocks
  8. Shape Back Braces, Glue Neck Block, Make Spreaders
  9. Spreader, Rim, Kerfing
  10. Rim-Sanding, Brace-Shaping, Go-Bar Modification, & Obon!!!
  11. Side Strips & Rosette
  12. Beginning the Top Bracing
  13. Bracing, Continued...
  14. Gluing the Back
  15. Gluing the Top
  16. Trimming the Overhang
  17. Routing for Binding : Day 1
  18. Routing for Binding : Day 2
  19. Fitting & Gluing the Bindings
  20. The Soundbox is Done!!!
  21. Truss Rod Slot, Peghead Veneer
  22. Peghead, Start Heel
  23. Threaded Inserts, Neck Trimmed
  24. Fitting the Neck!!!
  25. Truss Rod Cavity, Heel Cap, Fingerboard Trimmed
  26. Finishing and Gluing the Fingerboard / Peghead Inlay
  27. Carving the Neck
  28. I Feel Good....The Basic Building is Done!!! (Now on to the Finishing....)
  29. Pore-Filling
  30. Sealing
  31. Finish Coats
  32. Finishing the Finish!!!
  33. Gluing the Bridge
  34. It's All Done!!!




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