Custom Guitar #36 111

Completed December, 2012

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This classy dred went to a Maryland merchant who's also a superb Travis-style picker. This guitar features: a red spruce top; premium East Indian rosewood back and sides; ebony peghead overlay; fretboard, and bridge; bone nut and saddle; ivoroid celluloid binding; abalone rosette and purfling; and gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish.

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Construction Photos


The top and back plates are joined with hot hide glue, and the backstrip is recessed into the back. The abalone rosette is cut and installed in the top. The plates are cut to shape.


The sides are bent, and the bracing, kerfed lining, and side reinforcing strips are glued in place.


The ribs are arched to receive the plates, and the top and back are glued to the sides. The end graft and bindings are installed.


The neck hardware is installed, and the neck is fitted to the body. The mother of pearl Skipper logo is recessed into the ebony headplate, and the plate is glued to the neck. The snowflakes-and-diamonds position markers are inlaid into the fretboard. Carbon fiber reinforcing bars are fitted to the fretboard, and matching grooves are cut in the neck and headblock to receive them.


The fretboard is glued to the neck, and the headstock binding is installed. The bridge is precisely located and masked off from finish. The neck is stained to match the rosewood. The guitar is finished with lacquer, then buffed out and set up with hardware and strings.

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