Body and Neck are Finished

The body and neck are completed and sealed and ready for pore filling and finishing.

I finished carving the bridge from Ebony and we can get an idea how the guitar will look.

I finished carving the bridge from Ebony and we can get an idea how the guitar will look.

I measure the neck angle before applying the sealer. It is spot on!

I measure the neck angle before applying the sealer. It is spot on!

The headstock has a “GV” inlaid in Paua Abalone for Gino.

The headstock has a “GV” inlaid in Paua Abalone for Gino.

The neck is temporarily attached to the body to measure the angle. It is not totally shaped yet.

The neck is temporarily attached to the body to measure the angle. It is not totally shaped yet.

A shot of the top rosette.

A shot of the top rosette.

The neck is carved to the desired shape and has a sealer of Shellac.

The neck is carved to the desired shape and has a sealer of Shellac.

This view of the body was taken after applying two coats of Shellac sealer.

This view of the body was taken after applying two coats of Shellac sealer.

Binding the body with Mahogany

Rope is used to hold the binding in the body channel during the glue up stage.

Rope is used to hold the binding in the body channel during the glue up stage.

Binding tape is used to hold the purfling in the channel until it dries.

Binding tape is used to hold the purfling in the channel until it dries.

Paua Abalone diamonds were inlaid in the fret board.

Paua Abalone diamonds were inlaid in the fret board.

I inlaid G and V in the headstock using Paua Abalone to personalize Gino’s guitar. Cauls are used to press it in while the PVC glue dries.

I inlaid G and V in the headstock using Paua Abalone to personalize Gino’s guitar. Cauls are used to press it in while the PVC glue dries.

Binding tape holding the purfling in place.

Binding tape holding the purfling in place.

Once the Mahogany binding strips are bent in the side bending jig, I keep them in this mold until ready to glue.

Once the Mahogany binding strips are bent in the side bending jig, I keep them in this mold until ready to glue.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The binding and purfling channels have been routed in the top and side.

The light hues of the Myrtle back and sides will be complemented by a deeper color for the binding. I considered Ebony but the contrast was too great – Mahogany does not pull your attention from the Myrtle, in fact it looks natural against it. It will be more pronounced once the clear coat finish is applied. MDR