Flat Top Guitar

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Blog entry by Texcaster posted 03-07-2015 12:30 AM 2125 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first flat top build, all my acoustic builds have been carved top and back plates. Flat top is a misnomer because the top has a 28ft radius and the back has a 15ft radius. ( top and back are pictured in their radius dishes ) This won’t be detailed build, just a series of updates.

I’m working from drawings for a Martin 000. I’ve altered the outline so I can use the same mold to build a 15in archtop , a much more curvy guitar . The flat top bracing will be the same as the Martin drawing. I’ve overlaid the new shape on the Martin. Some loss of internal volume but I don’t think it will be a big deal. I hope it won’t be a big deal.

Finally I would like to rave about the usefulness of a 45mm #3 fishtail gouge for furniture and luthiery. This one has been re handled to the length of a patternmakers paring chisel. It gets used at least once a day here.

Very old Redwood for the top and Southern Silky Oak back and sides. Most of you would know Silky Oak as Lacewood. See my resaw blog.

Nice graceful 28ft radius.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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#1 posted 03-09-2015 05:18 PM

That silky oak is stunning!

-- ~Tony

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#2 posted 03-09-2015 05:38 PM

Bill, you are just being mean to me now, knowing I can’t even play more than rhythm anymore let alone cut a guitar.

It looks great, how is the sound with that oak?

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 03-10-2015 03:52 AM

Cheers fellas, yeah the silky oak is pretty spectacular. It isn’t a quercus at all, it just has that look when cut on the quarter. This is the south east Queensland silky oak. The premium silky oak is a rainforest timber from N. Queensland. Both are softer than mahogany and have a workable tap tone.

Dallas, I can only play well enough to accompany myself singing. Sometimes I cough up cigarette butts and beer cans.

-- Mama calls me Texcaster but my real name is Mr. Earl.

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