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Guitar No.001

Photo record of making a classical guitar

I made my first classical guitar under the brilliant instruction of luthier Peter Barton at West Dean College.

This is my photo record of making that guitar.

I didn’t always remember to take photos (very few for the back & ribs) but I do show some for each of the main elements below.

Head & Neck

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Soundboard

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Back & Ribs

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Assembly

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Binding & purfling

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Fingerboard

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Bridge

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Pictures of the finished guitar are shown below. It was sanded with very fine grade abrasive papers, and then given five coats of finishing oil all over – except for the fingerboard which had a couple of applications of lemon oil.

Finished guitar

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