My Grand Concert Cutaway

Well, here's my project for the summer of 2006 — a Grand Concert cutaway similar in size and shape to a Taylor 12-series "Grand Concert" guitar.

I've always liked this smaller shape and its proportions. So, I decided, this summer, to finally build one, using a beautiful Malaysian blackwood back and sides set I bought two years ago at the 2004 Guild of American Luthiers convention.



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  1. Bending
  2. And More Bending!
  3. Neck Block & Kerfing
  4. Top, Back, & Kerfed Side Set
  5. Side Reinforcements & Rosette Channel
  6. Braces
  7. Even More Braces!
  8. The Soundbox
  9. Binding & Neck
  10. The Neck, Continued
  11. Finish Carving the Neck
  12. Peghead Inlay
  13. Finishing!!!
  14. Rubbing Out the Finish & Gluing the Neck and Bridge
  15. Leveling Frets, Nut & Saddle Work, and Stringing Her Up!!!
  16. The Final Product!!!

(last updated 8/19/06)



Monday, June 19th, 2006:

To the right is the plan I spent today figuring out and drawing up. I first traced the outline of the guitar shape using the Taylor 12-size outside mold which I had bought from John Hall of Bluescreek Guitars. This was not a cutaway-model mold, so I then used a tracing of a Taylor Grand Concert (which the people at Guitar Showcase in San Jose kindly let me do) to draw the cutaway portion.

All I had to go by was a tiny picture of the Grand Concert bracing (below) which Taylor supplies on their website. I enlarged it a bit, drew some gridlines over the picture, and came up with what you see to the right.

All the cutouts you see on the plan are what I will use to transfer the bracing positions to the top and back. The biggest cutouts are for transferring the back brace lines. All I do is mark, with a pencil, the outer edges of the cutouts made towards each end of the brace, onto the top or back. Then I connect the lines. I had never thought of doing it this way before — I used to punch little holes through the paper plan and into the wood, to mark the brace positions, but that left tiny holes in the wood, which I didn't particularly like. I learned of this method in one of the Official Luthiers Forum threads.

(By the way....this is my second bracing plan my first one, I had mistakenly — stupidly — drawn the cutaway on the wrong side of the plan! An Internet friend named Pat Hawley graciously informed me of my error — Thank you, Pat!!!)




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