Chunky guitar build

Here are some photographs and specifications of the ‘Chunky’ guitar build as it developed. See the finished article here.

Woods used.

The back and sides are made from African Mahogany which is considered a very fine tonewood and gives a very nice deep golden brown finish.

The soundboard is the finest Western Red Cedar. This gives a wonderful warm tone which, when combined with the mahogany back and sides is ideally suited for the fingerstyle guitar technique.

The neck is laminated from Meranti and Wenge. The Meranti is related to mahogany and has a lighter hue. This is very easy to work but also quite stable and strong. Conversely the Wenge (pronounced ‘Weng-hey’) is a very rich dark brown wood that is incredibly strong and hard. Wenge is one of my favourite woods but the splinters are like torture needles.

Other materials include Richlite for the fret board, Lime for the kerfed linings, Mother of Pearl (MOP), brass, Abalone and stainless steel for the inlay work and Sitka Spruce for the soundboard and back bracing.

Body:-

Back and sides……………………………………………………..African Mahogany
Soundboard…………………………………………………………Western Red Cedar
Binding……………………………………………………………………………………..Wenge
Bridge block……………………………………………………………………………..Wenge
String Anchor………………………………………………………………………….Richlite
Bracing…………………………………………………………………………….Sitka Spruce
Kerfing…………………………………………………………………………………………Lime
Sound port……………………………………………………………………………..Meranti
Mouse body…………………………………………………………………………………..Pine
Mouse ears and tail…………………………………………Leather from old sofa

Neck:-

Neck laminates…………………………………………………………..Meranti/Wenge
Head veneer………………………………………………………………………………Wenge
Fretboard…………………………………………………………………………………..Richlie
Truss rod cover……………………………………………………………………………Birch
Side Position dots………………………………………………………….Cocktail sticks

Hardware:-

Truss rod……………………………………………………………………2 way adjustable
Machineheads………………………………………………………………Grover Sta-Tite
Frets…………………………………………………………………………………..Nickel Silver
Nut and Saddle…………………………………………………………………………NuBone
Strings……………………………………………….Martin Phosphor Bronze 12 – 54

Dimensions :-

Neck width at nut……………………………………………………………………….47mm

String spacing at bridge……………………………………………………………..58mm

Scale length……………………………………………………………………………….640mm

Lower bout width……………………………………………………………………..380mm

Upper bout width……………………………………………………………………..285mm

Width at the waist…………………………………………………………………….230mm

Body depth…………………………………………………………………………………..93mm

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