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Old 06-27-2023, 03:33 PM
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Yup, Orville Gibsonís original guitars were pretty interesting for sure. Lloyd Loar further refined the design applying violinesque construction to guitars and mandolins. This is a picture of one of Gibsonís first archtops. Note that the top and back plates are carved much differently than more modern archtops.
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You can blame Orville Gibson, the namesake of the Gibson guitar company, for that.
Thanks for that, I'd completely forgotten about OG. I've got an old book on the history of Gibson somewhere. Must be time to read it again!
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Here are a few shots as the top and back were attached to the rim.
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Going for very clean maple binding with rosewood purfling on the sides and a black/white scheme on the top and back.
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Default Endgraft

Installed the endgraft. Spalted maple framed in rosewood. Also added a bone saddle to protect the edge from the cello cable that will hold the tailpiece in place.
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Stunning beauty in that carved body- looks like fun.
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Cutting the neck joint. The neck fit is 80% there. Once the neck is assembled and carved Iíll finish the job.
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Cutting the neck joint. The neck fit is 80% there. Once the neck is assembled and carved Iíll finish the job.
Oh man! Just looking at those two first photos makes me anxious! Sawing into that beautifully built archtop body! Whew!
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Oh man! Just looking at those two first photos makes me anxious! Sawing into that beautifully built archtop body! Whew!
Always helps to take a deep breath and think, ďWhat could go wrongÖĒ There is something Nightmare on Elm Street-ish about the saw sitting there. It takes longer to cut by hand, but itís a little less nerve wracking than going in with a router. Routers work well but itís very satisfying to sneak up on where you need to be with a sharp chisel.
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