Custom Dreadnought Guitar #32 104


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This no-frills dreadnought guitar goes to one of the finest musicians I know, already the owner of three other Skipper instruments. It has a red spruce top and East Indian rosewood back and sides. This is a big-voiced guitar with a lot of punch and bottom end, but it's balanced throughout the scale.

Construction Photos

Construction begins with the joining of the plates and the installation of the rosette. The head and tail blocks are fabricated and the back reinforcing strip is glued in and shaped with planes.

The balance of the bracing is glued in, along with the kerfed lining and side reinforcing strips. The instrument is tap tuned by shaving the bracing. The neck block is built up from solid mahogany.

The top and back are glued to the sides, and the binding is installed. The neck is attached to the body, and the carbon fiber neck reinforcing is fitted.

The frets and position markers are installed, and the fretboard is glued to the neck. The instrument is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer and set up with strings and hardware.

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