The beginnings of an Australian blackwood parlor guitar

The beginnings of an Australian blackwood parlor guitar

The back of the blackwood guitar Austalian blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon) is almost identical to Hawaiian koa (Acacia koa). This stuff comes from a fellow luthier, Tim O’Dea, who lives in Corindi Beach, New South Wales (Australia). I traded some red cedar tops for several blackwood back and side sets. It was a good deal for … Continue reading

Some construction details – binding the guitar

Some construction details – binding the guitar

I find binding the guitar the most difficult yet a rewarding part of guitar construction. This is particularly so if there is purfling (the decoration inside the binding strip which is the outermost strip(s) on the edge of the guitar.) In this example, the purfling consists of two strips of a 4 part (black, white, … Continue reading