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Work plan of making classical guitar

Work plan of making classical guitar


Below is the general plan of the work performed in this project. Excluding certain operations, entirely suitable for making any master classical guitar.

Top and back

  • selecting the wood
  • cutting the wood for top, back and ribs
  • planning, gluing, cutting the shape with margins
  • thicknessing the top, the back and the ribs
  • inlaying the rosette

Strutting system

  • cutting the wood for veer struts and bars
  • gluing the strutting system and reinforcing strips

Ribs and making "the frame"

  • bending the sides
  • gluing the halves of the sides – this is a special operation only for this project
  • making and gluing the top- and bottom blocks (making "the frame")
  • making the kerfed linings
  • gluing the kerfed linings on the top side
  • fitting the outline of the back to the frame contour and cutting the height of the ribs
  • gluing kerfed linings on the back side
  • additional work with the frame
  • gluing the back

Working with half body

  • sanding the half body and the top
  • coating the inside of the body with varnish to protect against moisture
  • fitting and gluing the top

Working with the body

  • sanding the sides and the edges of top and the back
  • making, installation and sanding of the linings
  • gluing the support block for fingerboard (optional item)
  • making the dovetail groove

Making the neck

  • cutting the wood for head, neck and insert
  • gluing these parts
  • planning the neck and the head, fitting of each other and gluing
  • making and gluing the head plate
  • initial rough shaping of the neck
  • shaping the head, drilling the holes for machine heads
  • gluing and shaping the heel
  • making the dovetail
  • making the fingerboard: cutting the slots and shaping the precise form

Installing and shaping the neck

  • gluing the neck with the body
  • positioning the fingerboard with the centerline
  • gluing the support block for fingerboard – this step can be omitted
  • gluing the fingerboard
  • shaping the neck width precisely
  • leveling the fingerboard surface
  • installing and sanding the frets (sanding can be done after varnishing or polishing)
  • installing the mother of pearl fret markings on the fingerboard
  • final shaping and sanding of the neck

Final operations

  • final sanding of all surfaces, removal of "fluff"
  • varnishing (which is not introduced in this article, at least not yet)
  • making and gluing the bridge
  • making and gluing the armrest
  • coating the guitar with oil (if there was no varnishing)
  • machine heads, nut, saddle and strings.

Микола Руденко