Finished Guitars

I guess I neglect to update every so often.

My first three steel string guitars, and my 3rd, 4th and 5th total, are finished.  Took quite a while.  I used micro mesh to polish out the lacquer after it cured.  I’d say each guitar took about 8 full hours of wet sanding.  Overall, there are some trouble spots, but I think they are OK.

I placed and masked off the bridge locations, then scraped off the lacquer down to bare wood.  The bridges were glued with hot hide glue.

Then I drilled and tapered the bridge pin holes, fit the saddles and nuts and strung them up.  My set ups can use some work, but I only have 5 under my belt after these three.

Here are some finished pics.

Guitar 3

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Guitar 4

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Guitar 5

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When I decided to build a guitar, I had no idea I would make more than one.  I’m floored that I’ve made 5 this year!  I think they all sound good.  Of course I can see all the little flaws, but it gives me motivation to get better.

Not the best pic, but here are all five.  I’m looking forward to improving my skills on a few more in the near future.


5 thoughts on “Finished Guitars

  1. Reblogged this on The Turtlecovebrewer and commented:
    Absolutely brilliant! I love the maple back and sides #4 but the cherry book match back on #5 is stunning. Also love the binding on the maple #4. Sorry to be fawning but I aspire to be where you are in he future! Thank-you for sharing your journey.

  2. Thanks. Much appreciated. Overall I like the look of #4. The cherry one looks good and I look forward to seeing how it darkens with time. It also has a much more mellow and dark sound compared to the maple ones, though I’m not partial to the sound of any of them at this point. Thanks for following. The next ones will be better!

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