Saturday, October 16, 2010

so, ever seen a fanned fret archtop?

me neither!!

sounds like as good a reason as any to have a go!!

fret slots cut

Photobucket

binding onto neck...

Photobucket

test fitting of neck onto body.....

Photobucket

frets on neck

Photobucket

first coats of finish on top

Photobucket

the PLAN is to try a old Gibson style black & yellow sunburst. I'll wet sand the clear coat smooth, then all the yellow burst, clear coat, sand smooth again then balck and then seal it with a few more coats of clear.

if it all goes pear shaped then I'll just go all black!!

once the top is done, I'll glue in the neck and tidy up the neck join before finishing the neck neck, back and sides.
neck & tail blocks glued in...

Photobucket

top carved and sanded

Photobucket

tone bars fitted, top & back glued onto rim...

Photobucket

F holes cut (before attaching top) and tail piece carved....

Photobucket

neck blank is 3 pieces of mahogany with 2 strips of cherry for looks.....

Photobucket
Always fancied an archtop, ever since the George Michael Faith video......



anyway,

no money to be spent as it's for me.... so back and sides cheapest mahogany I can find in the stash, top will be bracing wood, neck to be mahogany scraps. neck and tailpiece from ebony I have laying around.

I want a double cutaway with F holes though......

I HAVE read Benedetto's book on archtops so I'm not TOTALLY in the dark, but I'm not following his plans, just his layout.....

all righty....

body mould, I had already, the back will be two cheap "bending practice" sides joined to make a 4 piece back...

Photobucket

the top is a bunch of bracing billets glued up...

Photobucket

a double cutaway'sa symetry is likely to be a problem, so I'm bending a single side and then splitting it into two symetrical sides.... smart huh?

Photobucket
so, I have a drum that the music dept were throwing away.....

I've always fancied a six string banjo......

hmmmmmmmmmmm

so, chop it in half......

Photobucket

add a back....

Photobucket

a neck.......

Photobucket

the tailpiece off an old acoustic guitar, bent to shape.......

Photobucket

and a maple bridge.....

Photobucket

yay!!

gitjo!!

Photobucket

About Me

Married with 4 kids, Christian, worship leader, luthier