Mark ( on March 19th, 2008

The first step in building the Dreadnought Guitar was to start assembling the body. This involved the two sides of the guitar, the tail block, the neck block and the kerfed linings that run around both the top and bottom edges of the sides and serve as a gluing surface later. Assembling the sides The […]

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Mark ( on March 24th, 2008

This weekend I spent some more time on the Dreadnought Guitar project. In the last post, I had assembled the sides, created the inside mold for the guitar body and installed the kerfed linings. This weekend it was time to profile the kerfed linings to match the eventual contour of the guitar top and back. […]

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Mark ( on March 30th, 2008

The next step in building of the guitar was to do some work on the back. Braces are needed across the back and down the center seam to arch and reinforce the back. As I mentioned in the previous post, the back is radiused from neck to tail and also from side to side so, […]

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Mark ( on April 6th, 2008

Just when you thought that the bracing tasks were complete there was more bracing to do. Whereas the back braces are a bit more structural in nature, the top actually has a more complex bracing pattern that keeps it strong but also allows it to vibrate giving the guitar its unique tone. Bracing the top […]

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Mark ( on June 1st, 2008

In the last post, I wrote about attaching the top to the sides. After completing that it was time to finally get the body completed and closed up. In order to do this I first had to repeat the process of fitting the back to the sides and notching the kerfed linings to receive the […]

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