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New year, well almost, so new guitar.As I have fixed my bandsaw and finished some boxes, by slicing up some 6" wide mahogany for their tops and bases. I thought to make a cheap acoustic travel guitar. Mahogany sides and back. Pine top, and mahogany neck. Not sure about fingerboard and bridge. Spent a bit of time on the computer doing a CAD for the body, about 5mins. Cut and laminated neck block and tail block from mahogany yesterday.Cut the sides and back and pine soundboard, edge jointed the back and top today.
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The drawing shows the sides as far too thick. In reality I have thinned down the tail block. I will lose the small holes, as they would show up under the pine soudboard. I shall make up a template and inlay a mahogany ellipse as the soundhole with my MLCS Inlay kit. I have got an idea for the neck from Zachary Guitars.
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The wood I am using is all stuff I have. The mahogany pieces are all cut from some lengths of nearly 2" thick stair hand rail, from my neighbours house. That is why I have laminated the neck and tail-blocks. Mine are staying on the wall. The pine top is another handrail, it has some nice grain. By no means a tone-wood, but better than using plywood. I would have gone the plywood route, but for the sound-hole inlay, you cannot scrape, sand ply without exposing the layers. I have had a guitar book for a while that displays a range of guitars, some from slightly more unusual timbers than you normally see. I have no firm plans for the bridge, one thought is to go for an arch-top type tailpiece. I want the bridge to possibly have a triangulated look to match the "offset" body line. The neck will be my usual bolt on with 4 recessed T-nuts under the fingerboard.
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Rather than be criticized for using incorrect timber, I am using material from home to build this guitar. I am building it all at home rather than in my school workshop, as the school lay claim to my hours and sometimes take ownership of what I have made. I will use the pics and guitar as teaching aids for my students, to guide them in their design and make projects.
I had a nice piece of Parana Pine for the top, but that was about 1" too short. It used to be a window sill. This is a cheap guitar. The machine heads are from ebay, at 6 the set, quite nice Schaller enclosed copies. The bone nut and bridge saddle are also ebay purchases. I have some piezo inserts that go under the saddle, but not for this guitar.
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Glueing the neckblock to the sides.
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Shaping the tail block.
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Glueing the guitar top.
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Glueing the mahogany back. I will use offcuts for kerfing strips and the soundhole inlay.
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The job so far.Tailblock will be glued soon.
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