It's All Finished!!!


Well, it's all done!!! Today I made the nut and saddle, filed the slots in the nut, and strung it up......the Moment of Truth.

For size comparison, to the left is my finished Weird Classical sitting next to my old Yamaha G-240 classical guitar. As you can see, my weird classical has a slightly shorter body length, a tighter waist, a cutaway, and a narrower fingerboard. What I did was cut off a classical 640mm fingerboard at the first fret, giving my guitar a 23.75" scale length. My fingerboard is 1-11/16" wide at the nut, just like my steel string guitars.


NOW, THE TRUE TEST. . .How does it sound??????

Well, I LOVE IT!!!! It was totally an experiment, from beginning to end; I was making it up as I went along, taking ideas and tips from all over the place -- from Sloane, from Cumpiano, from Williams. The idea for the split top came from a photo of a Danny Ferrington guitar and from Harry Fleishman's guitar; the idea to do it as a bolt-on and as a cutaway came from Ferrington's guitar, as well.

As I was going along, I had absolutely NO idea if it would work or not, or if it would sound even halfway decent. Turns out my experiment succeeded. It sounds great --- the bass notes come out nice and warm, and the trebles come out nice and bright. The slim neck and nice soft nylon strings make it a very easy guitar to play, and the body size is very, very comfortable to hold. It just feels right.


I had a blast creating this weird little guitar, gained a lot of confidence in trying out new things, and got a little bit better in my guitar-making skills overall.

Okay....what's next?????

 Go to :

  1. Planning & Mold
  2. Joining the Top & Making the Rosette
  3. Bracing the Top
  4. The Back
  5. The Sides
  6. The Soundbox
  7. The Neck
  8. Binding
  9. Shaping the Neck
  10. The Bridge
  11. The Finishing
  12. It's Finished!!!

(last updated 9/7/98)
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