Gino’s guitar is finished!

The guitar was assembled and setup for low-medium action and I spent considerable time working on the intonation. The result is awesome: the guitar rings beautifully with a very articulate and somewhat bright tone. It is not as dry sounding as Maple but very balanced with great sustain. The design goals are achieved so I hope Gino will really enjoy the guitar!

A most exciting feeling is playing a new guitar that you just created for the first time!

A most exciting feeling is playing a new guitar that you just created for the first time!

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