The making of Ann-Marie acoustic guitar

Day 17: Gluing bindings to the guitar body

Ready to route the guitar

Ready to route the guitar

DAY 17 – 15/3/2012 1pm-5:30pm.

Super productive day today. Bang, bang, bang. I routed a space for the bindings, hand bent the bindings, and glued them to the body! Read more

Day 15: Creating the soundbox…

DAY 15 – 29/2/2012 11-5pm.

There’s something therapeutic about building a guitar. There’s something relaxing about doing woodwork. A guitar is coming out of the woodwork… Read more

Day 12: Joining the sides of the guitar together

Sides, bent into shape

DAY 12 – 8/2/2012

10-4pm.

I am SO stoked! The two side pieces are now bent into the shape of my guitar. I left them clamped into frames over two days, and released them from the frames today. VOILÁ! The sides held their newly bent shape. They look amazing. Read more

Day 11: To BREAK or not to BREAK!


DAY 11 –6/2/2012
11-2:30pm. 

I was a little reluctant for the first day back at the workshop for the New Year, as I knew this session would involve remaking the sides of the guitar from scratch after I broke the cutaway on my first attempt at hand bending. My new sassafras pieces had arrived and to my surprise, these pieces of timber were far more beautiful than the first, I could almost say “Lucky I broke the first lot.” 

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Day 7: Creating the soundboard bracing

Creating bracing for the soundboard:

Today was all about creating the bracing for the soundboard. This is a detailed process, and there’s a set formula/layout to follow. Altering this formula will have a profound effect on the distribution of the sound across the soundboard, thus altering the sound/tone. Read more

Day 5: Creating the rosette and headplate

I walked through the gorgeous grounds of Montsalvat for another day in the workshop. I think the pet peacock was trying to mate with a duck. The duck did NOT look impressed. It was a little awkward…

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Day 4: Carving back bracing, kerfed lining, picking soundboard and cutting the neck.

Wow, got a lot done today. Piece by piece it’s coming together. Things I expected to be ages away are happening now. Think I’ll miss the process when it’s all done. But there’s still a way to go.

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Day 3: Carving Back Bracing

On arrival today I was to test if the glue had repaired the inch crack through my cutaway.
No.

Day 2: Creating Guitar Back, Bracing, and Hand-Bending the Cutaway

It’s now been three weeks since I last worked on the guitar, as I’ve been away on tour. And I can’t tell you how much I’ve been itching to get back into the workshop to continue. Read more