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Finished Build

Orchestral Model

Serial # OM 2.14.65

OM..................... 15" Lower Bout
Body..................... Walnut
Top....................... Sitka Spruce
Bracing................. Engineered asymmetrical modified X-bracing system
Neck..................... 25.4" Scale Maple,
User Adjustable Tilt Action Neck … Variable String to Fretboard Spacing
Dual action truss rod
Fretboard.............. Ebony
Bridge................... Ebony
Binding................. Blooodwood
Appointments....... Shell Inlay
Tuners.................. Gotoh 510 Silver
Nut & Saddle....... Bone

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I use my CNC Router and a very small mill end tool to route the channel for the head stock inlay.

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I use square silver wire to create the inlay.

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The wire stands a bit proud of the surface.

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I sand every thing flush and smooth.

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The Portland Guitar Rose.

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I use a PVC dowel to create the side dots.

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Surface prep is critical to getting a good finish. I fill the pores and level the surface with several applications of epoxy and leveling steps..

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My present spray set up.

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After the nitrocellulose has cured, I level the surface again using progressively finer sanding and polishing cloths.

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Eventually I get a high shine I am satisfied with... it is never perfect, but I am getting closer.

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The CNC router is used to rough out the bridge.

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I lay a piece of sandpaper on the top of the guitar and sand the bottom of the bridge until it matches the top.

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The oscillating sander creates the wings.

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And after a bit more work that I forgot to take pictures of I drop in the saddle plate.

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To glue the bridge on I first lay it out on the top of the guitar.

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Then I score the perimeter.

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Then I carefully remove the finish where the bridge will be glued to the top.

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A couple of clamps and a special tool presses the bridge in place.

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Now I drill the holes for the bridge pins.

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I decided to turn an end pin from an ebony dowel.

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And then after making the saddles and a bit more work that escaped my camera, the guitar gets strung up. Check the Photos out.