“Aqua P” Build – Part XIII

“Aqua P” Build – Part XIII

The guitar body is french polished on the top and nitrocellulose lacquer applied to the body and neck. When dry and buffed out to a bright finish, it’s time to glue the neck in and start laying out the placement…

“Aqua P” Build – Part XII

“Aqua P” Build – Part XII

While the body and neck are drying I can devote a little time to the tailpiece. I didn’t want the traditional stop bar on this and nor did I particularly want the traditional trapeze metal tailpiece that is a feature…

“Aqua P” Build – Part XI

“Aqua P” Build – Part XI

Before the whole guitar can be finished the grain in the mahogany must be filled. Without filling the pores in the timber would lend a rough and uneven feel to the instrument and also collect dirt and sweat. I have…

“Aqua P” Build – Part X

“Aqua P” Build – Part X

Having got the dyes mixed to the colour and dilution that I’m after the first step is to prep the top by sanding through grits to 1000 and then use a strong yellow dye to “pop” the grain and sand…

“Aqua P” Build – Part IX

“Aqua P” Build – Part IX

Often the sprayed sunburst finish found on many factory instruments can lack finesse and the transition from one shade to another be too hard or heavy. The best sunburst finishes are nearly always those that are rubbed by hand rather…

“Aqua P” Build – Part VIII

“Aqua P” Build – Part VIII

I wanted a specific pickup design on this guitar. Based off the p90 style the neck pickup has been designed to have a bobbin and wind gauge that reflects the Charlie Christian pickup. The neck pickup is based on a…

“Aqua P” Build – Part VII

“Aqua P” Build – Part VII

Binding an archtop body presents a few challenges. The curved nature of the arch dictates that a router can not be used off the top edge of the body as the router will not run perpendicular to the edge. To…

“Aqua P” Build – Part VI

“Aqua P” Build – Part VI

When the rough profile is done I move on to fretting the board… I dislike fat frets so I’m putting a standard height 2mm wire on this. I also dislike binding nibs which is why I bind and then cut…

“Aqua P” Build – Part V

“Aqua P” Build – Part V

The fingerboard used here is rosewood and the first task is to thickness it to 6mm. The fret slots are cut and the inlays are recessed into the board. Finally the inlayed board is radiused to 12″ and the taper…

"Aqua P" Build - Part IV

“Aqua P” Build – Part IV

The pickup plain is at 1.3 degrees and runs from the end of the neck to the bridge line. Not a very steep angle but important to get the pickups at the optimum position under the strings… Now that the…

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