12-fret archtop

Posted By on May 9, 2013

Yes, you read that right — a twelve-fret archtop.  I am making an archtop guitar in the shape of a late-twenties L-1.  The back and sides are mahogany, and the top is Engelmann spruce.   Since the bridge is moved toward the tail of the instrument from where it would usually be located on an archtop, I had to redesign the f-holes.  I kinda like ‘em this way.  These are progress pictures, and there will be more to come!

 

The outside of the soundboard.

The outside of the soundboard.

Inner face of soundboard, showing the braces.

Inner face of soundboard, showing the braces.

Inside the back and side assembly, prior to attaching the top.

Inside the back and side assembly, prior to attaching the top.

Clamping the soundboard onto the body.

Clamping the soundboard onto the body.

Body assembled, standing on its own two bench cookies.

Body assembled, standing on its own two bench cookies.

I may have to do another one on this pattern once this one is done.

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