Friday, July 30, 2010

A "Mae West" style Lacote Guitar, part 2

"You see, Doctor Archie, what one really strives for in art is not the sort of thing you are likely to find when you drop in for a performance at the opera. What one strives for is so far away, so beautiful that there's nothing one can say about it."

Thea Kronberg, The Song of the Lark, Willa Cather, 1915

Here are some photos of the Lacote, I just glued the back on this afternoon, along with some photos of the shop. Will write more later, it's time to head to our water hole, River Rock Cafe in Mariposa.


The top is ready, I made a caul to use when I glue on the bridge, the back bars are fitted to the basswood lining.


I like to use fish glue (from Lee Valley) to glue the main parts of the guitar, it dries so hard that it is almost impossible to remove it with a sharp chisel. I really like using spools clamps to glue on the back with, so much easier, and less smelly, then the inner tube strap that Cumpiano suggests in his book.


Eat your hearts out, you people who think that the inside of a guitar should be completely glue free. As my wife said, you play the outside of a guitar, not the inside!



Some shots of my shop, one of these days I will install a real floor to insulate the shop from the concrete, new shelves and a cabinet workbench. The boards that are leaning against the wall are California laurel, bubinga, redwood. I just bought 3 Englemann spruce tops from LMI at a price that I am sure I will never see again, the wood is just beautiful!

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