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Finished Build

The Sunflower Guitar
Orchestral Model OM 1.7.26


15" Lower Bout Walnut Body,
Engelmann Spruce Top,
Ebony Fretboard
User Adjustable Tilt Action Mahogany Neck,
24.625" Scale Length
Ivoroid Binding
Blue Stained Maple Burl Appointments

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(174) 29 Aug, 2009
The lacquer has been applied and has had a bit of time to cure.  Now I turn my attention to making the bridge.  In this image I am using a piece of sandpaper to shape the bottom of the bridge blank to fit the top of the guitar.

(175) 29 Aug, 2009
I use a special jig and my router to route out the channel for the saddle.

(176) 29 Aug, 2009
I spend a bit of time at the sanding station and I end up with a well formed bridge.

(177) 29 Aug, 2009
In this image I have carefully placed the bridge on the top of the guitar and I use a new exacto blade to score the top of the guitar with the outline of the bridge.

(178) 29 Aug, 2009
I use a very sharp chisel and a small router to remove the finish in the spot where the bridge will go.  The finish has to be removed so the bridge will adhere to to top.  There are lots of opportunity in this stage to mess things up.  I go very slowly and work very carefully to remove just the finish and none of the wood.

(179) 29 Aug, 2009
Just about the last thing to do is to glue the bridge on to the top and then make the nut, saddle and bridge.

(180) 29 Aug, 2009
And the guitar is finished.

(181) 29 Aug, 2009
Steve gets his first look at the finished guitar.

(182) 29 Aug, 2009
Tuning up.

(183) 29 Aug, 2009
Jamming!