Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Some pictures of my 45th build

Standard build flame maple and Euro spruce classical guitar.






















Some pictures from my 43rd build

On this guitar I'm departing a little from my standard build by doing laminated sides, Bouchet style bracing, solid linings for the top join and gluing the top on after the back.
















Saturday, April 22, 2017

Preliminary work 2017

I've been doing some back and top joining, new rosettes and preparing binding for the next few guitars.

Shavings from the edges of backs being joined.


Planing delicate multi-color veneer glue-ups.


Western bigleaf maple with Indian rosewood center piece.


Beautiful alpine spruce.


This is my new rosette, kind of an ode to Santos but with a bit of French style thrown in.


This is my Torres style rosette.


Sunday, March 26, 2017

Repair: Miguel Rodriguez Sr., 1942

This simple guitar from 1942 to my ear has one of the most beautiful sounds I have ever heard.  It has traditional Torres bracing, cypress back and sides and strong European spruce top. Definitely not a high end model and went from machine heads to pegs sometime in its life.  This guitar was much loved by its original owner, a family from Cordoba and this was the guitar that the owner had as a child and turned him into a great guitar collector.

The guitar was brought by its current owner for minor wear issues such as a couple of cracks on the soundboard, new frets and a new golpeador.  The back and sides had no cracks and had never been repaired.

These pictures are from before the repairs and unfortunately I could not take any after photos.




The simple but lovely rosette.


The simple binding scheme.







These next pictures show that the top was built almost flat and string tension made the belly behind the bridge. It is slightly concave in from of the bridge and the lower harmonic brace is slightly curved.