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Blog series by Loren updated 04-21-2013 11:44 PM 4 parts 7790 reads 29 comments total

Part 1: 7 string classical guitar

03-21-2013 06:31 AM by Loren | 17 comments »

Pictures of 7 string with sound port cutaways in progress.

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Part 2: French polish using super blonde shellac

04-11-2013 02:08 AM by Loren | 6 comments »

Finish isn’t done yet, but starting to look and feel real nice.

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Part 3: Laying out the 7 string nut

04-12-2013 06:52 AM by Loren | 4 comments »

Using a half-pencil run over frets 1 and 2 to mark the fretheight on the nut blank. Laying out the spacing on the middle 5 strings after filing rough slots for guide strings on the outside. The strings should fanevenly from their origin at the tie block to the nut. Becausepositioning the bridge perfectly is difficult, the spacing ofthe outside strings on the nut must follow the bridge spacing.

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Part 4: Guitar repair - replacing a ruined soundboard

04-21-2013 11:44 PM by Loren | 2 comments »

I’ll spare you the sorry tale of how this guitar came to require a new soundboard. I had to remove the fingerboard and cut off the old one. Awfulprocess. One tries to be gentle but it’s really messy and may makerepairs of the neck necessary as well. It certainly damages thefinish and ruins the top binding. Since I’m using regular clamps to do this (violin maker spool clampswould be ideal but I don’t have any), I use a vacuum fixture tohold the guitar by its ba...

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