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MARTIN GUITAR KIT

She’s going to be a beauty. But there are still a few steps until we’re strumming away. Huw Price is bound up in dots and slots as he continues work on our Martin guitar kit…

DIY workshop

PART FIVE

To rout the binding channels, a bearing-guided router bit is used in a router table with cutting blades protruding by 1.5mm
With the rear binding channel cut, Patrick flips the body over to cut around the front

While other projects have preoccupied me over the last few months, the almost-completed Martin kit body has been occupying a corner of my office. Every now and again, I’ve been picking it up, dangling it from one finger and enjoying listening to the tap tones. Taking a pause has also given me the chance to think a few things through and make some decisions about aspects of the kit I was unhappy with. This time around, I’ll be binding the body and making a rosewood fingerboard from scratch.

BRISTOL CHANNELS

Let’s start with a confession and reveal that I don’t enjoy routing acoustic-guitar bodies for binding.

This is the fourth acoustic I’ve built, and I’ve never been entirely happy with the way the binding has turned out on any of the previous ones. There are two reasons for my ambivalence. Firstly, the sheer stress of knowing that one slip, or lapse in concentration, and the body can be ruined and all the hard work will be wasted – along with some lovely tonewood. Secondly, I’ve never been properly kitted out to do the job.

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