Apologies to regular readers; I haven’t posted for a while, but things have been very busy lately.
The bridge has now been fitted to Ian’s guitar. In my opinion,
this is one of the most fraught times in the construction of a guitar. Firstly,
you’re working on a freshly finished instrument and secondly, the placement of
bridge has to be spot on.
Here’s a brief description of the process.
The underside of the bridge blank has to be shaped to match
the curve of the soundboard.
Then I make the bridge itself, here it is ready to be
Some very careful marking out is done. Tip of the day- fold
back one corner of the masking tape, makes it much easier to remove.
The bridge position is marked out with a scalpel- just enough
pressure to cut through the tape and score the finish.
Then the finish (whatever is used) has to be scraped off so
that there is bare wood for the glue to adhere to.
Then we have a dry run………….
And then with glue.
A 24 hours later, we’re ready for the setting-up process.
here we have the next two mandolins "in the white", both English walnut.
Labels: Gary Nava handmade guitars and mandolins, Luthier