An average Joe builds a guitar from scratch.

Well, it’s finally really done.  I mean completely finished.  By finished I mean it now has a finish applied to it.  And it took forever.  I sent it out through the guys at SF Guitarworks, who then sent it to a guy in Santa Cruz.  And he took 3 months instead of what should have been 3 weeks.  But whatever, no big deal.

I also put an inlay into the headstock.  Well, I didn’t.  Again, the guys at SF Guitarworks did.  It’s acorns because, and don’t laugh, my nickname is squirrel.  My mom gave it to me when I was a kid because she thought my red hair looked like a squirrel.  So there are now nuts on my guitar.

And, lastly, and you won’t be able to see this, I had the fretboard leveled and completely re-fretted.  Do I feel bad about essentially ripping my work out and giving it to professionals to do?  No.  No I don’t.  Fret boards are hard to do by hand even if you know what you are doing.  I sure didin’t!  Before my fretboard was a ski jump.  Now it’s straight as an arrow.  And plays great!

The pictures appear below and, eventually, so will a recording.

First, a glamour shot:

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Next, the acorns (which I sort of designed, thank you very much):

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Another glamour shot:

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And the sound hole:

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A look at the side below the neck, along with the some black and white trim (called “purfling”:

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And the back, which was tough to get a good photo:

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Closeup of the back:

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And there she is, in all her glory:

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3 months ago