Custom 000 Slope-shouldered Guitar #31 103

Completed April, 2012

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This sweet little instrument has a red spruce top, East Indian rosewood back and sides, and one-piece mahogany neck. Gold Schaller open-gear tuning machines. Ebony peghead overlay, fretboard, and belly bridge. Bone nut and saddle. 1-11/16" nut width; 24.9" scale length. Herringbone rosette and purfling, black pickguard. Mother-of-pearl logo, position markers, and side dots. All-hot-hide glue construction. Basic hardshell case. Click on the website link to watch construction from beginning to end.

Construction Photos


The plates are joined, the rosette cut, the plates are cut to shape, the sides are bent, braces are glued in, and the blocks are fabricated.


The kerfed lining and side strips are glued in. The plates are tap tuned by shaving the bracing, listening to the result after every few shavings. The sides are arched to receive the plates. The top and back are glued to the sides.


The end graft and binding are installed. The fretboard is reinforced with carbon fiber bars, and channels are cut to receive them.


The fretboard is glued to the neck, the neck is brought to final shape and fitted to the body. The instrument is finished with nitrocellulose lacquer and set up ready to play.

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