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Finished Build

Classical Model

CLM 1.2.63

  • Body: Brazilian Rosewood
  • Top: Carpathian Spruce
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Binding: Cocobolo
  • Headstock: Amboyna Burl
  • Tuners: Gotoh, gold plate, ebony buttons, black friction resistant roller

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Now with finish more or less complete I have assembled the neck and body and use a template to position the bridge.

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Fortunately with the split saddle adjustable bridge the position has a bit of latitude.

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Once I am happy with the position I clamp the bridge in place on top of a piece of masking tape.

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I use a sharp blade to cut around the perimeter.

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Now I carefully remove the finish where the bridge will be glued to the top.

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With a little care, the bridge will drop right into place.

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A bit of glue and with the use of a special set of clamps I attach the bridge to the top.

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After I tighten everything down I clean up the squeeze out with a bit of water and a sponge.

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I carefully fashion the six individual saddles and the nut, install the strings and I get to hear the guitar for the first time.

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I use this modified dial caliper to measure the string height.

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And I use a special set of files to lower the action when needed.

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I have a variety of files to help me shape the slots.

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Here is the completed nut.

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I use a strobe tuner to make adjustments to the saddles until I get the most accurate intonation for each string I can get.

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Ta Da!