The Redwood top of Sami's guitar has now been braced and the quilted Sapele sides bent. Looking good, progressing with a nice pace.
In the bottom there are pics of my 13-fret neck-to-be with roughed out headstock, and below that is a picture of the fret wire bender I made out of old (dusty&rusty) skateboard bearings, an old birch wood bed leg and three bolts and washers. It's turned with a 10mm wrench and works like a charm for 0€ product!
Adirondack spruce only!
LMII has kindly labeled every item they supplied,
so I won't accidentally build an adirondack neck
and brace the top with neck wood.
|Coming together. Just add some glue here and there...|
|X-brace crossing notched...|
|…for a perfect, snug fit.|
|Gluing the major braces in go-bar|
|Shaping the first set of braces before gluing down the rest|
|Shaped and scalloped, only short of bridge plate|
|Adirondack spruce was a delight to carve!|
|Side before bending in a boiling water|
|my hi-tech side bending rig|
|the ready bent side.|
This set of Sapele was very easy to bend.
|The other side.|
Enough leftover for a future head plate veneer!
|Here is the headstock of a 13-fretter I've been making|
for myself for quite some time.
Waverly 3-on a plate tuning machines
with snakewood knobs look very nice!
|Headplate veneer is a merge of Madagascar|
rosewood and koa, with black and white
maple sandwiched under.
|The spanish cedar neck center strip|
is walnut with b/w stripes.
|Here is the fret wire bender.|
Looking bad, working like a charm!
If you want to learn to build it
(the pic itself is quite self-explanatory),
contact me or just google fret wire bender.