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Cherry Guitar: Final Setup

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Cherry Guitar: Final Setup

Posted By Dan (CSFW)

Work on 12/13/08 and 12/14/08
With the finish polished to it’s final gloss it was finally time to bring the guitar to life by adding the bridge, saddle, nut, tuners and strings… Oh yeah, can’t forget a pretty label.
Immediately after polishing I roughened up

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Cherry Guitar: Finishing

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Cherry Guitar: Finishing

Posted By Dan (CSFW)

Work from 12/5/08 through 12/13/08
Time for the stuff that really gives a project life and can cause hours of aggravation: the finish.  There are two major options for finishing a wood guitar: a clear film finish (traditionally varnish or lacquer) or oil.  Oil finishes

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Cherry Guitar: Headstock and Inlays

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Cherry Guitar: Headstock and Inlays

Posted By Dan (CSFW)

Work from 11/25/08 through 12/6/2008
The sole purpose of the headstock is really just to hold the tuning machines.  It’s never flat with the fingerboard but angled at about 10 degrees so that the strings exert some pressure on the nut.  It can be virtually

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Cherry Guitar: Building the Neck

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Cherry Guitar: Building the Neck

Posted By Dan (CSFW)

Work from 11/11/08 through 12/4/08
The neck of a guitar is a pretty unique little piece of engineering.  About a quarter of the build time of the entire guitar went into some portion of the neck/headstock.  The neck has to be thick enough to withstand

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Cherry Guitar: Binding the Body

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Cherry Guitar: Binding the Body

Posted By Dan (CSFW)

Work from 11/28 to 11/29/2008
With the body assembled I added the ebony end-flash and bound the top and bottom edges using ABS plastic.   The end-flash hides the seam at the bottom where the sides meet. The binding cleans up the joints, adds decorative elements

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