Custom Dreadnought Guitar #13 60

Completed June, 2008

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This morado and red spruce dreadnought guitar was custom built for a good friend and great bluegrass picker. This guitar has as much bluegrass "doink" as any I've ever heard. To hear a Skipper guitar, visit our Audio Video page.

Construction Photos


The wood is thicknessed, the sides are bent, the braces are glued on, and the neck block is glued up; from mahogany. The blocks and kerfed lining are glued in.


The side reinforcing strips are glued in. The sides are crowned to match the arching on the top and back plates. The bracing is tap tuned, and the plates are glued to the sides. The end graft is installed.


The binding recesses are routed, and the binding is installed. The neck blank is cut, the truss rod is installed, and the head plate is glued on.


The neck is brought to final shape, the attachment hardware is installed, and the inlay is recessed into the head plate.


The instrument is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer and set up with strings and hardware.

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