The Making Of Bryon’S Guitar

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The Making Of Bryon’S Guitar

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

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