Chris has the sides, top, and back altogether now.
This is the moment! At this point the entire sound box of the guitar is about to be completely closed. A whole phase of the entire work is done. How ‘bout that!
The is joined, braced and voice and about to be glued to the sides!
Same “clamp” system is used to hold the top in place while it’s being glued to the sides. Stay tuned for the joining of the back and attachement to the sides. The it will be all boxed in!
Trying my hand at a simple guitar repair until Chris sends me more awesome updates. My Taylor has suffered due to a lack of pick guard protection (I liked how it looked without one- stupid idea).
I googled a printable Taylor pick guard template (https://www.terrapinisland.com/2011/pdf/TA44.pdf)
And ordered some pick guard stock (it’s cheap- I got the peel-and-stick kind).
I traced the template with a Sharpie and used scissors to cut it out. Peel and stick. Voile! Easy as pie and looks so much better while preventing further damage.
Back to real luthier posts soon!
Think I need a pick guard on my Taylor? This is the top of the guitar I play for jobs. I have beaten it almost to a pulp. This is wearing a nice Willie Nelson hole in my guitar. This is undesirable because a) it’s unsightly and b) I’m no Willie Nelson. Solution to follow…
This is where the luthier’s intuition and experience really matter. Chris has artfully carved the braces, slowly removing wood to achieve that balance of strength and flexibility and let the top ‘ring’.
Always a balancing act between strength and flexibility. Chris braces his instruments for maximum tone quality and projection. This pic shows the braces glued in place and pressed down by flexible rods.
Top with inlay.
Here the sides have been bent and are setting up in the mold.