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Chipotle 07-25-2020 09:26 AM

Fretboard bound, now it's time to apply the radius.

Chipotle 07-26-2020 06:15 PM

Time for more inlay. The design for the rosette will continue across the end of the fretboard, like this:

We're leaving off what would normally be the last fret to leave room. The paper design is cut to make templates to cut the mother of pearl.

The paper templates are glued to a piece of MOP and cut with a jewler's saw, then filed & sanded to the final shape.

Details I never thought about... MOP reflects differently at different angles. A careful luthier will make sure that the pieces are cut so they all "flash" together.

Here are the pieces cut and set in position, to be inlaid into the fretboard soon.

Chipotle 07-30-2020 09:13 PM

Next up - position markers. "Searching for the perfect pieces" of mother of pearl.

Treenewt 07-30-2020 09:52 PM

That rosette is just too dang cool! Beautifully done!

Chipotle 08-02-2020 12:15 PM

Closer look at the almost finished fretboard end. Beau does some cool stuff with "shading" on the MOP to add a kind of shadow where parts of the design appear to go underneath others, adding a 3D effect.

Chipotle 08-02-2020 12:21 PM

Now on to the fretboard position markers.

After the pieces are cut, the outline is scribed into the fretboard with a knife, and the inside is routed/chiseled out. Small gaps are filled with ebony dust and black CA glue.

When dry, it's cleaned up.

Chipotle 08-07-2020 07:32 PM

Time to choose a face for the slotted headstock. So many choices!

Here's a nice layout, taken from the middle of the unnumbered piece going horizontally across the top of the numbered ones, above. It's bookmatched with a sister piece. A clear template of the headstock is overlaid (without the slot-head cutouts).

Chipotle 08-07-2020 07:38 PM

Here's a mockup of how that last one might look with the slots and inlay.

Chipotle 08-20-2020 08:29 PM

Inlay continues, now on to the end graft. This is Beau's design, working off the rest of the inlay which was mine. Here is the rout:

And with the MOP laid in but not finished:

Chipotle 08-25-2020 07:20 PM

Beau mixes three different colors of filler to pour on the poor pores.

cigarfan 08-28-2020 07:07 AM

Oooohhh! That is cool. Love the outcome!

Chipotle 09-23-2020 04:23 PM

We decided to go with something a bit plainer for the headstock face, still with some nice character but less distracting from the inlay design, and a color that meshes a bit better with the rest of the guitar woods.

Glued to the headstock and bound. I love Beau's signature "faded purfling" at the top of the headstock.

The last of the inlay design. It ties in to the design on the engraved tuner plates.

Chipotle 09-29-2020 10:33 PM

Beau knows inlay...
Before I continue with my guitar, I have to share this incredible uke headstock that Beau did the inlay on. He does some incredible work, and his use of different shades of MOP and some fine etching gives amazing 3D detail.

Chipotle 09-29-2020 10:38 PM

Back to our regularly scheduled build thread. Title: How to Slot Your Headstock.

It's a boring job....

Cleaned up a bit.

Here's how it will look with those fantastic Rodgers tuners.

All squared away.

cigarfan 09-30-2020 05:51 AM

Schweeet! Those Rodgers look incredible. Love the ramps.

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