Well, my new side bending rig is a great success. I’m delighted.

Time was, I’d bend the sides for my guitars using (1) a steam chamber, and (2) a metal form that had about 3000 Watts of incandescent bulbs inside, and (3) a lot of luck, and usually not enough of that.

It took about 2 and a half hours of work to bend up a set, and I had a certain number of inadvertent “let’s make some kindling instead of a guitar side” events that really sucked.

Today was the maiden attempt to use my new rig on good wood, which uses an electric rubber heat blanket. It takes about 2 minutes to come up to heat, and the bending process is over in 5. It takes more time to spritz the wood down, wrap it in foil, and position it in the bender precisely than it does to actually bend it. Then I clamp everything in place and let it cool down.

I was able to bend 2 sets of sides, perfectly, in just over an hour. I am so very happy!

Before

During

After

Done! One set of walnut sides and one set in curly maple.

A Guitar Construction Blog is born.

I used to show off my guitar builds to friends on Facebook. Because of Facebook’s  arrogance and carelessness, and the fact they allowed the private information of millions of people to be compromised, I am deleting my account there.

This is where I will post pictures of current builds, my theories on acoustic guitar construction, and pictures of finished instruments.

Check back soon!