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Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Tue Dec 03, 2019 6:53 pm

When you can't decide whether you want a venetian or florentine cutaway...
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I've had this idea for an acoustic for quite some time now,
Decided to finally build it.
Camphor Laurel sides have been bent on a bending iron and top / bottom blocks installed.
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Bunya pine linings, I don't use circular spinning saws so no other option than to cut it by hand.
I actually prefer to handcut it anyway.
Looks rather nice against the Camphor Laurel sides.
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A few photos upside down, lets just say its intentionally arty....

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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by blackalex1952 » Tue Dec 03, 2019 8:21 pm

Now you'll have to learn to play both left and right handed!!!
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Wed Dec 04, 2019 12:34 am

LOL, it's hard enough being a lefty building right handers, now I gotta learn to play both.

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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:05 pm

Added a few side supports made from the offcuts of the Silver Quandong top.

Having a look at how the grain matches up on the back and sides.
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Making great progress.....

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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:12 pm

Made myself one of those circle cutting jigs,
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Cuts a really nice rosette trench and soundhole.
That laminate trimmer is one of few powered tools I use, mainly binding channels but it comes in handy for jobs like this.
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Time to make the tone bars...
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Fri Dec 06, 2019 2:55 pm

Okay, tone bars are made.
Handcut and shaped from Bunya Pine.
All internal areas have been sealed.
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I guess it's time to close it up.
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by Mark McLean » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:05 am

I love the pale and stripy look of the camphor laurel. I bet it smells great too! What colour are you planning for bindings? The double cutaway shape is cool. Have you checked out Mike Doolin’s designs? I cant wait to see it finished.

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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:01 pm

Thanks Mark,
I haven't checked out Mike Doolins work yet, but will putbit on the to do list.
The smell is great even though it triggers memories, I work away and don't realize im thinking about my grandparents old house.
Binding choice was easy, Camphor Laurel with a hardwood contrasting stripe.

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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Sun Dec 08, 2019 3:08 pm

Camphor Laurel binding with contrasting Australian hardwood stripe installed,
Partially completed soundhole rosette as well.
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Nothing over the top just keeping it subtle.

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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by kiwigeo » Sun Dec 08, 2019 9:40 pm

An intriguing build.....play on McDuff....play on! :)
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Sun Dec 08, 2019 11:03 pm

One should really start building the neck I suppose,
Opting for another 3 piece neck and while I'm at it I'm making a few electric necks
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Making necks this way means i also have offcuts long enough to make matching fingerboards.
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Wed Dec 11, 2019 1:44 am

One of my favorite stages is getting the binding flush,
It's an opportunity to see how well the idea is progressing.
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Handcut dovetail joint in progress.
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Fri Dec 13, 2019 9:26 am

Still a bit of work to do on the fingerboard but its looking pretty good.
Bridge has been made from Camphor Laurel with Australian Hardwood stripe and sealed.
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It looks more like a theatre inside than a guitar.

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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:10 am

A couple of coats of polyurethane and then frets are installed.
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by Dave M » Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:35 am

That's come out pretty smart. Funnily enough it doesn't look as weird as one might expect!
It also seemed to go pretty quick.

Section 8...?
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Re: Double cutaway acoustic

Post by KirbyMD » Sat Mar 14, 2020 7:30 pm

Dave M wrote:
Sat Mar 14, 2020 4:35 am
That's come out pretty smart. Funnily enough it doesn't look as weird as one might expect!
It also seemed to go pretty quick.

Section 8...?
Thanks Dave,

I worked out the body shape a long time ago when I was employed in the mass production side of guitar building. It is unusual yet reminiscent of a tele in acoustic form.
The body is parallel at 94mm which helps visually.
I'm ex-Maton, 2 terms 1989-1993 and 1997-2003 so I'm pretty quick when I get going.
This actually ran over by a month.
Section 8 is a category of discharge from the United States military, used for a service member judged mentally unfit for service.
We're a little nuts here and do things differently, so it seemed fitting to call ourselves Section 8.
Take our Houndstooth guitar....
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All Tasmanian Oak and Jarrah , chambered body.

Thanks for checking it out.

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