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OddManOut 06-29-2016 01:30 PM

Neck/Bridge Glue and FB Level
The neck and bridge are glued up. Minstrel clamps? :eek:

The fretboard is leveled prior to fretting. The fretting is underway at the time of posting. Pics forthcoming.

OddManOut 06-30-2016 09:03 AM

I just got a ton of pics from the Digital Imagery Dept. at Tahoe Guitars. Several posts follow.

Larry installs the frets.

A roll of raw fretwire. I prefer the gold EVO fretwire for its durability. FWIW, My OM armed with this fretwire shows no string line wear in the frets after 5 years of regular play. Good stuff!

This tool snips the fret tang off the end of the frets.

*snip* No tang on the end...

OddManOut 06-30-2016 09:28 AM

Fretting 2
The fretting continues, but without worry. <---See that? ;)

Here you can see the rather massive fret buck, which gives support and stability while installing the frets on the FB extension.

Now the leveling and dressing begins. Yet another task with requires the patience of...a luthier.

Tools for sanding the fret ends.

OddManOut 06-30-2016 09:51 AM

Drilling/Slotting the Bridge
Larry drills the pin holes and slots the bridge.

Here is a mixture of the three woods comprising the structure of bridge system: Macassar Ebony, Carpathian Spruce, and Black Locust.

The pin holes are chamfered (sloped at the top). Note the right angle at the top of the holes.

Now the tops are sloping.

Now the bridge is slotted. Using this elegant tool, the distance from the nut to the 12th fret is found.

It is then duplicated between the 12th fret and the bridge.

Router time.


OddManOut 06-30-2016 10:09 AM

The bone nut is configured from a blank. It is cut to proper width, radiused, and beveled.

OddManOut 06-30-2016 10:15 AM

The bone saddle is configures from a blank.

Radius that puppy!


OddManOut 06-30-2016 02:13 PM

Reaming and Slotting
The bridge pin holes are reamed and the bridge plate is slotted.

Tahoe Guitar use an unslotted pin with a 5 degree taper.

The set up is done!

OddManOut 06-30-2016 05:50 PM

The guitar has been completed! I have it home, and will begin the process of playing it in. It sounds great out of the gate. I will check back in a week or so with a video.

Thanks to Larry Nair of Tahoe Guitar Co. for building another fine guitar. Also I must thank him for his kindness, generosity, and patience, allowing access to and sharing his process.

Thanks to YOU for following this thread.

Tahoe Guitar Co.


Back/Sides: Sinker Honduran Mahogany
Top: Carpathian Spruce
Neck: Flamed Bigleaf Maple/Walnut/Hard Maple
Binding: Indian Rosewood (body) and Ebony (neck)
Bridge/Fretboard: Macassar Ebony
Rosette: African Blackwood
Tuners: Gotoh 510

Nut: 1 3/4"
Saddle: 2 1/4"
Scale: 24.9"

bajawatt 06-30-2016 06:05 PM

Exceptional! Congrats. I love that maple neck and that luminous hog. That binding...mmm...mmm...mmm. Enjoy it!

OddManOut 07-02-2016 11:27 AM


Originally Posted by bajawatt (Post 4987824)
Exceptional! Congrats. I love that maple neck and that luminous hog. That binding...mmm...mmm...mmm. Enjoy it!

Thank you! :cool:

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