Still have to put strings on. 🙂 I’m waiting for the glue holding the bridge on to cure. I’d hate for it to pop off the first time I string it…
So while I’m waiting, here’s more in-progress pics.
Now it’s all sanded, the bridge area is masked off, and it’s ready to spray. I decided not to bother with pore filling and making everything perfect, like guitar people expect. This one isn’t going to be for sale, and I don’t mind things a bit rougher. Especially since it means I can be lazy without guilt. 😉
I sprayed one coat, which raised the grain, so I sanded it smooth and shot several more coats and then let it cure overnight. Looks good to me. 😉
While the finish was hardening, I worked on the bridge. I used rosewood, and patterned it after a classical guitar bridge. It’s just smaller.
The string holes have to be drilled. I made a special, high tech jig for doing that:
This morning I glued the bridge on. What a pain! I can’t fit my hand through the soundhole, so positioning the bridge clamping caul was a nightmare. But I conquered.
I think next time I’ll glue the bridge on before gluing on the back.
I also have the tuners installed, and the nut and saddle all ready to go.
Should have it strung up very soon.