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C. Bruno Small Body Acoustic Guitar - Part 1


Have not taken any pictures yet - I suppose I should do that soon.  Anyways, I have started on my second guitar project; the first project being a chance to try out techniques.  For this one I am following existing plans of an 1868 small body acoustic guitar by C. Bruno (a guitar company started in 1834 in Macon, GA by Charles Bruno).  Since my interest is more towards historical guitars than modern ones, seemed like the next best choice for a project (that, and I had the plans).

So far I have...
  • Bent the sides (walnut) and they are sitting in the mold waiting
  • Cut out the back piece, and inlaid a strip of...inlay down the center
  • Cut out and planed the soundboard (front)
    • Cut out the soundhole
    • Glued on all bracing
    • Carved half of the braces to remove weight and for tone
  • Cut out and shaped strips of oak for the lining (still need to kerf strips to make them a little more flexible)
By end of htis week my goal is to have the bracing completed on botht he front and the back, and to have the kerfed linings attached to the sides.  This way I will be able to start assembling the body next week.

Whee!

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