What's On My Workbench: European Spruce/East Indian Rosewood Classical Guitar
The thing is to find out how to make the biggest sound without getting any distortion. Each guitar has its breaking point - you must understand that, find it, and play accordingly.
Julian Bream, guitarist
I feel like I am getting ahead of myself when it comes to work, there is now another guitar on my workbench!
This one has a European spruce top with East Indian rosewood sides and back, the back has a fillet of Macassar ebony.
I wanted to make a close copy of a guitar made by the famous team of Madrid guitar makers, Manuel Hernandez and Victoriano Aguado, this guitar is perhaps five millimeters shorter in length than the plans of one in Roy Courtnall's book, Making Master Guitars, and the scale length is 648 millimeters, just a hair shorter than the standard 650mm scale length.
The bindings are Macassar ebony, to match the back fillet, they are made and waiting to be planed down to final dimensions and some time next week I plan on routing the binding ledges. Once I do that I can glue on the bindings, install the fret board and really get down to the task of finishing this guitar.
When I tap the top it sounds like a loud drum, I expect this to be a loud and marvelous sounding guitar!
Shaping the back braces.
The box is closed up.
What's on your workbench? I would like to know!
And for any classical guitarist that visits this post--do you have any questions about classical guitar construction? Let me know!