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Construction of the back begins by jointing the rough cut wedges. Initial jointing is done on a power jointer, then the surface is carefully hand-planed using specialised jointer plane. This provides the optimal gluing surface for this critical joint.


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The same procedure applies to the top blank. After jointing, the blanks are rough sawn to shape then the inside surface is planed flat.


Guitar Back Shaping

The top and back are rough-shaped to the arched profile.


Guitar Back Shaping

The refined outside arch is hand planed on the top and back.


Jazz Guitar Frame

The sides are clamped into the frame while the blocks and linings are glued in place.


Jazz Guitar Frame

Once the outside arch is complete the inner face is drilled to remove material and give a rough depth guide for carving.


Jazz Guitar Assembly

The inner surface of the back is now complete and ready to be glued to the sides. Note the small wooden pins in the back, these align with holes in the neck and tail blocks and prevent movement during gluing.


Jazz Guitar Back Glueing

The back is glued to the sides using a caul which distributes the clamp pressure evenly around the back perimeter.


Jazz Guitar kerfed lining

This view shows details of the side construction such as; kerfed linings, cross-grain reinforcements, multi-port side vent, and the curved wedge (upper left) that will become a Laskin style arm rest.


Jazz Guitar Top Bracing

The top is now braced and the braces require final profiling.


Glueing the Top

The completed top is now glued to the sides.


Guitar Dovetail

The box is now routed on top and back to fit the binding and purfling. The dovetail mortise shown was cut in the neck-block before the top and back are attached.


Laskin Arm Rest

The binding channel is cut for the Laskin style armrest


Laskin Armrest

The completed binding on the armrest section. This guitar features a Paua-shell purfling around the top, neck and peghead. The Paua is fitted between two black/white/black purfling strips with maple binding at the outer perimeter.


Jazz Guitar Neck

An uncarved neck on the router table. The binding and purfling channels have just been cut using the custom cutter visible under the neck.


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Binding the peghead begins with a thin black/white/black purfling strip. The completed peghead will have a Paua-shell strip sandwiched between two b/w/b purfling strips with an Ivoroid binding on the perimeter.


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The finished neck is wet-sanded and polished before attaching to the guitar body


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The finished instrument!


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