Custom Dreadnought Guitar #30 102

Completed February, 2012

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This dreadnought guitar went to a West Virginia singer/songwriter. This was the first of several guitars for this customer, and features a red spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides. To hear a Skipper guitar, visit our Audio Video page.

Construction Photos


The sides are inserted into a sandwich of stainless steel and heating blanket, and are bent in a press. The head and tailblocks are built. The bracing and blocks are glued in. The neck blank is built up from solid mahogany.


Kerfed lining and side reinforcing are glued in. The rosette is created and recessed into the top. The bracing is glued in and tap tuned for maximum resonance and response. The sides are crowned to received the arched plates.


The front and back are glued on. The end graft is mortised into the heel block. The bindings and purfling are installed. The Skipper logo is recessed into the head plate.


The neck hardware is installed and the neck is fitted to the bodhy. The fretboard and neck are shaped and trimmed, and the fretboard is glued to the neck.


The bridge is located and masked off from finish. The neck is stained, and the instrument is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer.


The instrument is set up with strings and hardware, ready to play.

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