Day 1: Sharpening tools, cutting the neck, gluing the heel

Have you read the introduction to this journal?

I am new to guitar making and am being taught one-to-one by Roy Courtnall, author of Making Master Guitars. I expect it to take 20-30 days in total and my time permits only one or two days a week working on the guitar so I think it will take around six months. It will be walnut back and sides, cedar neck and a lattice spruce top.

Needless to say, it’s already a fantastic experience and education and I am documenting it as a reminder of my learning; what to remember, look out for, and to do when I come to build a guitar on my own.

Today, Roy showed me how to sharpen tools and prepare the neck. This corresponds to Roy’s book, pp. 167-170.

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