Travel Guitar Project


 
I wanted a guitar with a full-size neck that was small enough to take anywhere. I made the guitar from leftover mahogany pieces that were not big enough to build full-size guitars from. Here's a pic of the blank headstock:

Here is a pic of the Honduran mahogany neck-thru neck with the ebony fretboard glued on.
Here is a pic of the headstock from the end showing the end of the 2-way truss rod.
I use 2-way rods on all my guitars now. You can also see that I have cut out the headstock,
and marked the holes for the machine heads. The cap is black walnut.


I have the "wings" glued on. They are Philippine Mahogany, which isn't really a Mahogany at all.
It's a different species.
Here is a shot of the headstock nearly done. A trick for drilling the holes for the tuners
is to rest the headstock on a piece of scrapwood so you don't split the wood when drilling through.


Here a pic of my template for routing humbuckers. It's made from 1/2" MDF.
It's bigger than the hole because I'm using a guide bushing on the router.
Here's the pickup cavity after routing. The holes are for the strings to rout through the body.
The hole at the top is for the master volume control.


The control cavity routed.
In this pic, I have the neck taped while I'm working on the frets.
Here is the back of the guitar before finishing.
Here is the guitar ready for sealer. Neck is taped off. It's general practice not to seal the fretboard unless it's maple, which can turn dark.
Here is the guitar while it's being finished. I use 4-6 coats of polyurethane spray.  Polyurethane has a very obnoxious smell, but it still smells better than lacquer, and the fumes are not quite as bad.  It's really personal preference as to which you want to use. 

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