View a list of the general Construction Steps used in the making of a traditional steel string acoustic guitar.
For a visual tour of various steps, processes, techniques, etc. used in the different models, select one of the items below...
This article contains loads of photos that document the build process of my 15″ deep-bodied OM-sized guitar, from joining the plates to bolting on the neck. A double-X bracing pattern, use of carbon fiber, and loads of custom inlay details make this an interesting read.
Unlike the Rosewood and Cedar C-15 model, this Myrtle and Spruce C-16 features a larger 16″ lower bout with a Venetian style cutaway. The sides are completely hand bent (as opposed to using the electric blanket bending machine). Closeups of custom forms and jigs are included, along with one of my approaches to laminated bracing.
Here I present my jumbo 17″ cutaway model in Claro Walnut and Curly Sinker Redwood, replete with photos and details of the build process. I use a traditional X-brace pattern for the Soundboard, but the Soundboard braces are laminated carbon fiber and Spruce. The back is braced with progressive fan-style pattern, and I add a comfortable Everett-style transitional arm bevel to the body. Additionally, I detail the construction of my pinless bridge.