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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Getting Close

So all 3 L-0 guitars are in the finishing process. Not the fastest thing to do either many coats of the chosen hand applied finish applied over days and day then left to cure for weeks or off to the finishing service which takes 4-5 weeks.. Thing are however getting close to done on these three..

One will have a UV cured polyester finish, one hand applied Tru-Oil and one French polish with Royal-Lac hardened shellac, all will have Tru-Oil necks as they seem nice and fast to me.

Hopefully all done in the mid June time frame..

Masking the bridge location


Really happy with the look of the top of the Koa guitar


The back of the White Oak guitar

Friday, May 11, 2018

Carving Necks

I spent the last day or two carving the necks for the 3 L-0 style guitars, all came out pretty good, still need final sanding but I can get started on finishing next week.

Always fun carving necks one of the more enjoyable parts of building a guitar.

Off to the La Conner Guitar festival this weekend.



Body for this one is off at the finishers, back in a couple of weeks I hope...


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Necks & Fretboards

The necks are now fitted to the bodies and the fretboards are complete and ready to be glued on the necks.. Once the fretboards and peghead overlays are glued up I can get on with carving the necks.






Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Some CNC Work

I don't really use the CNC much for actual building more for templates & jigs, but I do use it to route the head plates and cut the pockets and inlay pieces, it's just more accurate than I am..

So her are three head plates for the L-0 guitars and three inlays, Koa, Walnut & Indian Rosewood with Black Lipped Mussel, White MoP and Gold MoP  ...




One Big One Small

Finished the Cello Guitar and the Tenor Ukulele. I'm happy with the sound of both, especially the Cello Guitar. I think I will be making more of them.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

L-0 Guitars

Moving on to working on the necks for a bit, don't feel like doing a bunch of sanding on the boddies right now. Matching necks to bodies.

Matching Necks to Bodies

Oak, walnut & koa

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Progress on L-0 Style Guitars

Things are going good with these three.. Same body shapes different backs and sides and different bracing patters but all Sitka tops.

One of the goals of this build set is to refine and update a few procedures to work better with the space and equipment I have.. One thing that is very useful in building that I don't really have room to leave set up is a go-bar deck. So trying out using a vacuum bag and radius-ed work board to glue on top and back braces.


L-0 "H" bracing in a vacuum bag

Start of a double "X" brave in the bag

Bending sides

Completed double "X" glued to it's sides


Closing boxes