I started this blog to chronicle my guitar-making and thoughts on family history. Each guitar I deliver will be accompanied by a commentary extracted from this blog. I also have a goal to work with my sister and other family members to capture the Mercer family history, particularly as it relates to our ancestors' service in the Civil War and prior pioneering movements.
Friday, August 31, 2012
Real Braces This Time
There are all kinds of braces: for you teeth, to hold up your pants, to hold up your clothesline, to hold up your roof, but these are the real thing and, believe it or not, they are responsible, in major part, for the quality of the sound of your guitar. In concert (pun intended) with the top, neck and back, they shape the sound quality. Do I understand it all? NO, but I think this is going to be one awesome guitar. BTW, not glued on yet...too humid even with AC.
Top and back braces Fir on top, spruce on back
Bending a side
I also started bending one of the sides. This rosewood is a bit stiffer than Indian Rosewood so it's a slow process. Cracking a side of this precious stuff would be a disaster! Not gonna happen though. Slow and easy does it.
Also practiced spraying lacquer (gloss) today This is gonna be awesome.