Top’s on.

Got the bracing all dialed in and the carcass ready to accept the top so I slathered them with glue and slapped then together. Tomorrow I would like to get the lip routed off and maybe put up some binding. We’ll see. It’s supposed to get real cold and the shop may not be habitable.

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Fingerboard glued on

Well of course I screwed up the firstblank I glued up by routing the curves too far up the neck, so I lost a day by having to make a new blank. I did manage to get the form of the neck roughed in yesterday on the new blank, so today I am gluing the…

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Beginning the neck

So I mulled things over overnight, and decided: To use a zero fret neck. They just have such fast and easy action, it’s almost a no-brainer. I know some people look down on them, but I just don’t see why, especially if you use stainless steel on the zero fret so wear is not an…

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The Best Guitar Ever moves ahead

Today I leveled the edges of the shell and installed the first set of stringers where the top will attach.. I’ve gone on ad nauseam about the benefits to longitudinal rigidity from using steambent stringers, as opposed to the kerfed softwood linings mass producers use; I won’t belabor the point except to note that this…

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End block glued in

I trimmed the sides so there will be taper, back to front on the instrument, and then glued in the headblock. The neck will be bolted to this, by and by. No more work on this guitar for today: tomorrow, I will glue in the tailpiece block.

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And here we go

Go a lot done today. I bent up the sides for a new guitar — Ovankol, which is related to Rosewood, but is not endangered– and glued up the back. The bending went “OK” but not perfect. Some minor cracking on the inside bend at the waist, which I believe I can repair, but may…

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