Lacote Guitar finished - first build

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zarahn
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Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by zarahn » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:13 pm

Hi everyone

It only took me a year!! I finally finished the guitar. Thanks to all of the amazing posts about guitar making and in particular romantic period instruments. I learnt so many things with my new found hobby. Lots of mistakes and in future many things I would do differently... like setting a dovetail joint...grrrr. Nonetheless it was enjoyable. The 630 scale is based on Tsuruda Makoto plans. I changed the head profile to fit pegheads.

Top: Spruce
Sides & back: Indian rosewood
Neck:Cedar
Varnish: French Polish
Purfling & Roestte: maple & ebony
Strings: Royal classics romantica
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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by Bruno Piancatelli » Tue Aug 01, 2017 10:50 pm

Looks perfect from here, keep em coming!

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by jake39 » Tue Aug 01, 2017 11:14 pm

:bravo:

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by Tomzooki » Wed Aug 02, 2017 12:22 am

Lovely!
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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by Laudiesdad69 » Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:56 am

Beautiful.

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by George Crocket » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:37 am

Congratulations. The pictures are great.
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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by Mickmac » Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:45 am

Looks wonderful - would love to hear someone playing it.
Congratulations.

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by vesa » Wed Aug 02, 2017 8:58 am

Well done.
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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by mqbernardo » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:05 pm

My first guitar took me an year and looked much worse... congratulations, it's a lovely instrument!

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by Philipp Lerche » Wed Aug 02, 2017 1:23 pm

Very impressive for a first build !!
That V-joint looks neat man ! Wow, I assume u have a woodworking background ?
Also, was this ur first french polish ?
Keep it up mate ! :)
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Best regards
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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by zarahn » Thu Aug 03, 2017 2:29 am

Thanks to everyone. In reply to Phillip Lerche, no, I haven't a woodworking background, but a background in fine arts painting. Yes, this was my first french polish. I followed Michael Schreiners advice for polishing the top and Richard Howells technique for the back and sides; although I did have challenges oiling out. I hope to start another one at some point.

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by geoff-bristol » Sat Aug 05, 2017 7:59 pm

Very nice - but I bet you are not looking forward to making another of those bridges !

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by Luuttuaja » Sat Aug 05, 2017 8:50 pm

Congratulations on finishing your beautiful Lacote guitar!

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Re: Lacote Guitar finished - first build

Post by zarahn » Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:38 am

thanks geoff and Luuttuaja. Yes, totally agree Geoff the shaping and the care for the bridge was hard. The moustache curls are very fragile. Lets say I was holding my breath throughout. But I have to admit I was a little stumped when gluing the bridge. I glued using finger pressure for 30 minutes, then tied twine using a rough caul for clamping. One side of the moustache needed a little more heat and hideglue the following day. Any suggestions for a more thorough approach using the twine method would be great. I don't have the funds at this stage to pay for any long clamps but any suggestion how to clamp the moustache would be helpful. I have an extra piece of ebony, so am thinking to start and finish the bridge before starting the next guitar.
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