The 29th day of March 2011
I love my job! Here’s Roberts next guitar.. the tone and control chambers are complete
and a new bookmatched flame maple top is glued in place..
This new singlecut design is a blank I’ve had in the timber store for years!
I glue a bubinga top in place.
And here is a padouk paf
with a pearwood top.. and a few clamps!
On to the silver.. a 1mm square blank is hammered flat..
I feel the need for a template to bend the silver around
though it would make a pretty decent inlay on it’s own!
The silver has been worked and now needs annealing.. the heat means that I can shape it again without causing it to crack! a useful process!
Numbers 1,2 and 3.. the first two are one piece of silver but the corners aren’t clean enough.. 3 is more like it!
two more abalone centers are cut out and shaped.
..fun fun fun!
Now, I need some dust!
The sides of Dave’s hollowbody are sanded flush with the binding
and then the whole instrument is sanded through the grits with the random orbital sander
the Daffodils are out and it seems a change of scene could work in my favour..
the final hand sanding goes smoothly and the light is great!! roll on summer!
..yep, this one is nearly ready for finish!
A trip the local building supply depot.. it’s surprising just how much useful stuff there is in a place like this!
More celtic cross inlays, the four pieces of silver are individually fitted
..a side trip to the solicitor and I couldn’t resist taking a pic of this famous hill in Shaftsbury.. beautiful!
On to one of my favourite places in the world!
mm mm mmmmm!!!! flamed Goncalo Alves.. I can’t resist this!
or this huge chunk of burl oak.. there are at least a dozen bookmatched tops in this plank!
it started out too big for my car though so the big saw is brought to bear
yes, a nice car load!!!
six inlays left to do
while reloading the software on my new laptop.. one month old and it’s already been in for bloody repair with a faulty keyboard.. hence this article being a few days late!
All done! Two guitars worth of inlays just waiting for some fretboards!
All my best,
Crimson Custom Guitars