Monday, September 8, 2014

On the Bench: A 1968 Hernandez y Aguado Classical Guitar Copy - Glueing on the Ebony Bindings

Manuel Hernandez and Victoriano Aguado originally worked together in a piano factory. In 1941 they set up as furniture and piano restorers, subsequently making guitars for their amusement, but then they invited Modesto Borreguero, who had worked for Manual Ramirez, into their workshop and learned from him. More than 400 guitars had been built by 1975, when Hernandez died. Aguado had retired in 1970.

Colin Cooper, The Classical Guitar Book, 2002

Between my day job, fly fishing with my wife on the weekends and trying to complete a "honey do" list, I don't get much time in my studio. I did get the Torres/Santos guitar completed, it sounds wonderful and is a joy to play, I will post about that guitar soon.

Preparing to glue on the binding strip


This afternoon, after running some errands and a little fly fishing, I did make some time to glue one more binding on the Hernandez y Aguado copy. I bent the binding stick, made sure that the binding ledge was uniform in depth and width, made sure the scarf joint at the butt end looked nice and the applied the glue and tape.

Tape, glue, doesn't look so pretty yet

Even this operation is a little nerve wracking - I want to make sure that the binding is tight in its rabbet, gaps are no good because they will have to be filled later, and some times my fingers slip off the tape and a finger nail makes a gouge in the top which will have to be steamed out and sanded.

The back bindings are next, I don't know if I will have enough time this afternoon to do that work, I need to take the dogs for a walk and think of something to make for dinner. The bindings are ready and so are the curly maple purfling strips, once this task is complete then I can install the fret board, carve the neck and start on the French polish. Oh, to have the time to get this guitar completed by mid October...


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