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.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Archive: Guitar No. 42, 10 string classical

10 string classical guitar made with European spruce, flamed maple, Spanish cedar neck, rosewood bindings and bridge, flame walnut armrest and peghead veneer, amber shellac. 

Archive: Guitar No. 41, classical

Classical guitar made with European spruce, birdseye maple, Spanish cedar neck, rosewood bindings and bridge, amber shellac. Rodgers tuners.

Different bracing patterns

I tried some new bracing patterns for guitars 41 and 42.

41 is a simple 5 fan bracing with the fans running more parallel to the grain and an under the bridge support brace.

42 is a 10 string guitar so a made a little cross brace to support the soundboard in front of the bridge. I also altered the traditional 7 fan bracing putting the 5 middle braces more parallel to the grain.