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Old 02-07-2020, 11:29 PM
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I visited Ray's shop two days ago, and watched him carve the neck for my guitar. To me, this is one of the best parts to watch. It looks like it takes so much skill and experience to take a rectangular piece of wood, and use hand tools to shape it into a gorgeous guitar neck. I took lots of photos, so here they are:

This is the collection of hand tools (rasps and files) that Ray uses to shape the neck and heel. Most are made by Auriou in France. This looks like a tray of medieval torture devices.

Ray shaping the neck with a rasp:

More shaping:

Pile of mahogany saw dust from all the neck filing:

Ray filing the figured mahogany heel cap. He uses self-adhesive sand paper to get an exact fit to the guitar body.

Gluing the heel cap to the neck.

Starting to shape the heel with a chisel:

Shaping the heel:

The remaining ten photos will be continued in the next posting.
Tucson, AZ

2020 Kraut 00, Swiss/Brazilian, build
2018 Eady EG Pro Electric, Redwood/Mahogany
2013 Baranik Meridian, Blue Spruce/Cocobolo, build
2009 Beneteau Concert Standard, Engelmann/Brazilian
2008 Baranik CX, Blue Spruce/African Blackwood
2008 Breedlove A20 Masterclass 12-string, Adi/IRW
2003 Thames classical, Euro/Brazilian
Fodera Standard 4 Fretless bass, figured walnut

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