DIY: Acoustic 7 string #2 “Cane”

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  1. #1

    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Seekaaahhhk, MA
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    DIY: Acoustic 7 string #2 “Cane”

    This guitar did not want to be built. There were more problems on this one than any other guitar I have done. For example, one of the last major steps is gluing on the bridge, so of course, the bridge slides off the guitar and lands on the floor…

    Quite appropriate. I strung it up last night and somewhat expect it to have imploded by the time I get back home today. Good thing I’m determined (or stubborn depending on your philosophical bent). Back to the start now…

    There was enough of the same wood from “Gloria” to build another guitar, so it seemed like a good idea to make a different body shape to compare the tone. A dreadnought shape it shall be. The process was the same as the Gloria build so there are not as many pictures.

    The back and top were re-sawn, planed close to thickness and then glued.

    The neck blank was glued and templates were made…

    Neck blank cut, planed, truss rod channel routed, heel block made, fingerboard re-sawn and planed…

    Neck blank cut out to side profile shape…

    Bracing on the back and top are/have been glued…

    Heel and tail block are glued…

    Sides were bent and clamped to the template to retain their shape. If/when I build another acoustic, I am making a mold.

    Kerfing strips…

    First side installation…

    Both sides and top installed…

    Back is installed. I have a video of this happening, let me know if you’d like me to post it…somewhere.

    Out of the clamps…

    Time to cut the ledge for the binding. This time I decided to make a couple of jigs for using a router to cut the ledge. What a pain in the ass? If I could do it again, I wouldn’t; I would buy the one from Luthiers Mercantile and save myself the time and headache. Overall, it worked ok. Including the time to build the jigs, I’m not sure if it was faster than doing it by hand. Oh well, at least I have it now.

    Binding glued and taped…

    And just like that…on to French polishing…

    I made a very simple jig to route the saddle slot in the bridge. It is a piece of mdf glued to a piece of fiber board. Use the mdf as an edge guide for the router and cut off any excess fiberboard. Now the edge of the fiberboard shows where the edge of the router bit will cut.

    The bridge (a new one) is glued on…

    Nut and saddle are cut and fit. Tuners are installed, it’s strung up for the first time…and didn’t implode (yet)! Here is “Cane” to the left of “Gloria”.

    First impression, the tone of Cane is not as….jangly…as Gloria, which is a good thing. I like it a bit more right now. It still needs final setup and some playing time to settle in, but, overall, sounds good so far. Thanks for reading!

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    Join Date: Apr 2010
    Location: Norman, OK
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    Fantastic work, man! Out of curiosity, how is the tone settling in on the first one?

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
    Location: Brighton, UK
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    Wow. Those look really great! I think I'd give my left nut for the one (Cane...(the guitar's name is Cane, not my left nut (that's called Winston))).

    Were these commissioned by someone, or did you make them for your own sick amusement?

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    The tonal comparison is rather interesting… i had always read that dreadnoughts are a little more balanced and not as "boomy" as a jumbo-style body.

    Gorgeous work, Rob! The finish in particular came out very well!

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    Join Date: Oct 2008
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    Hopefully the fact that it fought you the whole way means that it's loud as hell

    Also, would definitely be interested to see that video!
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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Quote Originally Posted by darren View Post
    The tonal comparison is rather interesting… i had always read that dreadnoughts are a little more balanced and not as "boomy" as a jumbo-style body.

    Gorgeous work, Rob! The finish in particular came out very well!
    Tight waisted acoustics (jumbo or OM or 00 etc) tend to be more jangly, while guitars with waists more like dreadnoughts tend to be more balanced to boomy. At least, that's been my experience with what Collings offers and my own acoustic.

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    Join Date: Sep 2008
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    Man, that looks awesome! Fantastic work.

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