After a brief hiatus and doing a bunch of small projects for the shop and in the house, I decided to start a couple more guitars. On the subject of shop projects, I should post those soon. I just haven’t felt much like writing these days.
So… the guitars. Going for a couple OO size again. This time with a cutaway, 14 fret neck, one with a spruce top, one with cedar. Other options might be a sound port and a slotted peghead.
Start with design. I wanted to make my own shape. Started with a list of standard dimensions from OO and OM size guitars and drew my own. Used the bent stick method of drawing curves.
Made about 4 versions and picked one I liked. I did a full scale drawing and I’m still kicking around what I want to do for bracing.
I made the form.
As far as wood goes, I bought a board of ambrosia maple that had some nice flame in it. I marked off the pieces that I wanted and resawed it to size. Finally got to use my new bandsaw for something heavy duty, and it worked like a champ. I cut a total of 4 sets from this board.
There are also some orphan (non book matched) pieces, as I was able to get 5 slices from the thickness. I will make a test guitar box with those so i can play with some new things Ive been thinking about, as well as some brace options. Here are the two sets I’ll use for these guitars.
As far as the rest of the wood goes, I laid it all out. Cherry for necks. Basswood for neck and heel blocks as well as linings. Walnut, cherry and maple for binding, purfling and rosette. Of course the ambrosia back and sides.
Looking at all of this, I realized that minus the cedar and spruce, which is from British Columbia, the rest of the wood is local. That being the case, I may go for a local wood for the fretboards and bridges. It would be cool for the majority of these guitars to be made from materials that came from within a 50 mile radius.
Ok. More for next time.
Looks like a great beginning! Love the local woods concept — what part of the country are you in?
Hey, thanks. I’m a bit further but I need to post an update. I’m in northeast Pennsylvania.