The Making Of Bryon’S Guitar

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A pictorial chronicle of the making of a custom guitar for a client.

A pictorial chronicle of the making of a custom guitar for a client.

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  • 1. The Making of Bryon’s Guitar By Jerry Mercer
  • 2. Acknowledgements
    • Thanks to all those who contributed:
      • My Wife Ruth, for putting up with late nights
      • Bryon, for his patience
      • Sue at Clint’s Trophy Mart in Sonora the hard work it took to produce the Deer inlays
      • New friend, Bob Webster, whom I met on Frets.net, for his counsel, advice and work testing the sound quality and how to improve it
      • Mr. Richard Wisner of South Bend, IN for the music in the background: Tarrega – Lagrima; Pernambuco: Sounds of Bells
  • 3. Purpose
    • To chronicle the making of a classical guitar which has been commissioned by Bryon Brock. Bryon has given me a lot of freedom to make the guitar as I see fit, with only a few requests to make it more playable for his playing style.
  • 4. Specifications
    • Materials:
      • Top: European spruce – nominal thickness .085”
      • Back and sides: East Indian Rosewood
      • Neck: Mahogany
      • Bridge: rosewood
      • Scale length: 650 mm, 12 frets to the body, 19 th fret bisected at sound hole
      • Plantilla: 1943 Hauser I, drawn by Jeff Elliott
  • 5. Joining plates
  • 6. Thinning top
  • 7. Preparing to brace top
  • 8. Carving braces
  • 9. Braced Top (installed)
  • 10. Tentelones Butresses Reverse kerf lining
  • 11. Spanish Heel
  • 12. Rosette and Fretboard (before trimming)
  • 13. Coming together
  • 14. Head Plate and Machines
  • 15. Butt Inlay (Black Walnut with Koa Strips) Koa bindings
  • 16. Reverse Kerf Linings for Back Installation
  • 17. The Back goes on
  • 18. French Polishing Top (shellac)
  • 19. Finiting – shaping, sanding and prep for finish
  • 20. Strung up and playable, not done yet
  • 21. Sample pieces for testing finish application
  • 22. Fretboard shaped and French Polish underway
  • 23. Head inlay (Bryon is an avid hunter)
  • 24. Heel cap (ditto)
  • 25. Back filled and ready for finish Sides in process
  • 26. Roughed in soundport
  • 27. Soundport
  • 28. Getting Close
  • 29. Better look at the soundport grommet
  • 30. The walnut and koa butt inlay
  • 31. Mercer guitar #6 – just some final finish work left
  • 32. The back
  • 33. The heel stack and heel cap
  • 34. Thanks for watching. I hope you enjoyed it.