Acoustic bonzomusic handmade dreadnought guitar

Making a bonzomusic dreadnought acoustic folk guitar from the start to the end.

It sports top-level materials: an adirondack spruce top, rosewood back and shoulders, a mahogany neck and a rosewood bridge and fingerboard.

Everything is done by hand.

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Acoustic dreadnought

Starting from a plan. It shows the construction details concerning the back internal bracing, the woods, the measures, etc.

CAM00240

Sanding the adirondack spruce top down to 2.4 mm.

acoustic CAM00078

Glueing together the two adirondack spruce top blanks using a traditional method: a long rope, three shaped triangular pieces of wood and a flat base. This method is ideal for making a spotless glueing.

 acoustic  CAM00081

Sanding the two pieces of rosewood for the back, down to 2.0 mm. The back will be rounded afterwards by means of the internal bracing.

 acoustic CAM00079

Glueing together the two rosewood blanks for the back using the same traditional method used for the top.

CAM00074   CAM00082 CAM00080 

Bending the rosewood sides in the bending machine. The thermometer indicates a temperature wich has to be kept between 220 e 240 degrees in order to make a neat and durable bending.

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Drawing the shape of the acoustic guitar on the adirondack spruce top.

 CAM00084

Making the rosette on the adirondack spruce top.

CAM00091 CAM00093 CAM00098 CAM00099

Putting the bended rosewood sides in the mold and cutting them to the precise size.

 CAM00226 CAM00228   CAM00234

Making the internal backbone bracing for the interior part of the rosewood back and then glueing it in the glueing box.

CAM00242 CAM00253 CAM00256 CAM00250

The braces are made of cedar wood with straigth fiber. The braces need to be rounded in a convex shape. When the braces are glued to the back, they make it concave.

The braces have to be finished and refined to specific measures and their edges have to be rounded.

CAM00258 CAM00264

Glueing the convex braces on the internal part of the back in oder to make it concave.

CAM00263 CAM00266 CAM00265

Reinforcing the internal sides. The hippy man in the background is Ben, a great luthier and a friend.

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Working on the rosette.

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Cutting the internal braces for the adirondak top.

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Working on the rosewood sides.

Internal bracing of the top.

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Closing the body.

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Starting the neck.

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The fretboard is glued.

 

Routing the channel for the binding.

Glueing and finishing the binding requires “amour et delicatesse”.

 

The neck joint must be tight and precise.

  

Shaping and fretting the neck.

 

Fretted neck and tight neck joint.

Shaping the bridge.

   

Shellac on the body and oil on the neck and on the sides.

  

The bonzomusic acoustic guitar is ready to be played.

  

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