Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Construction and repair of Classical Guitar and related instruments
Di Mauro
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Di Mauro » Tue May 15, 2018 12:50 am

Hey Anthony. Keep up the great work,
Joel

Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Tue May 15, 2018 2:09 am

Thanks Joel!

mlau
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by mlau » Tue May 15, 2018 6:41 pm

This will be a sweet little guitar.
I'm sure that your daughter is a sweet little girl too.

Is it going to be her birthday present?

I'd love to hear how it turns out.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Tue May 15, 2018 7:44 pm

Grace is a sweet little girl. She just played in her first guitar recital in April. I had hoped to have finished her guitar by then but was not able. For the best though. Now I’m trying hard to get it completed by her 6th birthday in June. I will definitely get a good recording for everyone to listen to when I’m finished.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Thu May 17, 2018 4:25 am

I'm staring at the LMI site trying to figure out exactly what I am going to need to finish this guitar.

So far I've settled on a bag of shellac and 1lb of pumice. Should I consider the felt pad? Seems like I can find a good alternative around the house.

Also, the $45 fret crowning file seems very tempting. Any alternatives I should consider?

vesa
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by vesa » Fri May 18, 2018 6:24 am

Hi Anthony.
You'll only need a 1/4 teaspoonful pumice,
but as it is not sold in smaller bags you will have to plenty. :D
What is the feltpad used for, pumicing, finishing?
Old white T-shirts will do the trick.
You can make a same kind of rubber(muneca) for pumicing as you make for french polishing.
Do you have the Milburn manual for french polishing - it helps alot.
To crown the frets I only use a very cheapo quatershaped ¨diamond¨ file and finish the crowning with different grades of sandpapers and steelwool.
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Vesa Kuokkanen 2016

Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Fri May 18, 2018 6:27 am

Super helpful Vesa. Thanks!

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Fri May 18, 2018 6:37 am


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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:30 am



I’m a step or two behind with the videos of my progress. Here is the fretboard installation.

At this point I have almost finished carving the neck. I also need to come up with a headstock design. Not sure if anyone has any good suggestions for that.

Are there any good recourses for correcting small errors? Here are my concerns at the moment.

- There is a small gap between the heal and the body near the fretboard. Is there a simple way to fill the area? I’m okay if it always looks like a mistake, but it would be interesting if I could hide the error.

There are two small chips in the spruce next to the rosette. Not a huge deal if I can’t fill them, but I’d like to know how if it’s possible.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by vesa » Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:43 am

Hi Anthony
To fill the cap between the heel and the body,
you can make a paste from fine saw dust(neckwood) and epoxy.
Some use 5 minute epoxy with good results,
I do not like and use slow setting Araldite.
Make the paste as thick as possible and scrape and sand it afterwards.
If the cap is not too big it will be invisible after the guitar is finished.
Spruce is more difficult. Using a paste here will be visible.
Here is a good thread by Michael. You will get an idea how to do it
even it is not about fixing the chips around the rosette.
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=61226&hilit=rugby
Use headstock design you like most.
Making own design is very satisfactory, but can be time consuming.

Vesa
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Adam
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Adam » Thu Jun 07, 2018 9:41 pm

Anthony DeMers wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 4:30 am

At this point I have almost finished carving the neck. I also need to come up with a headstock design. Not sure if anyone has any good suggestions for that.
The standard Torres shape seems most appropriate.

Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:00 pm

vesa wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 6:43 am
Hi Anthony
To fill the cap between the heel and the body,
you can make a paste from fine saw dust(neckwood) and epoxy.
Some use 5 minute epoxy with good results,
I do not like and use slow setting Araldite.
Make the paste as thick as possible and scrape and sand it afterwards.
If the cap is not too big it will be invisible after the guitar is finished.
Spruce is more difficult. Using a paste here will be visible.
Here is a good thread by Michael. You will get an idea how to do it
even it is not about fixing the chips around the rosette.
viewtopic.php?f=11&t=61226&hilit=rugby
Use headstock design you like most.
Making own design is very satisfactory, but can be time consuming.

Vesa
Thanks as always Vesa. I love that spruce chip fix. I don’t think I need to use it, but glad to know of it.

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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Tue Jul 03, 2018 4:31 am

I'm still chugging along. The Guitar is basically ready for pore filling. I'm trying to look over every square inch to find things to take care of. My rough hour count is now over 300hrs. I'm in no hurry.



mlau
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by mlau » Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:50 pm

Dude.

I hope that you're going to french polish the instrument. I was talking with Kathy Matsushita over lunch last week, and she mentioned that it's the easiest, most stress free finish with great results.

Anyways, I think that it'll be something special.

Anthony DeMers
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Re: Building my first guitar for my daughter.

Post by Anthony DeMers » Wed Jul 04, 2018 12:14 am

mlau wrote:
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:50 pm
Dude.

I hope that you're going to french polish the instrument. I was talking with Kathy Matsushita over lunch last week, and she mentioned that it's the easiest, most stress free finish with great results.

Anyways, I think that it'll be something special.
I’m totally going to French polish it. I have the shellac flakes, alcohol, pumice, wool, old t shirt, olive oil, and abrasive paper. I’m reading and re-reading the Melbourne manual and feel like I’m just about ready to start. Still just going over things one last time to make sure I properly prepare every surface.

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