WEARNE GUITARS

The plans for a 000-12 Martin Acoustic Guitar.

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My inherited collection of antique chisels, spokeshave and scribes.

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The soundboard in the process of being 'scalloped'. Jane is born!

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A shot of the scene in 'Eddie's Shed'. Eddie was a close family friend who once owned the property where this construction phase was taking place.

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My beautiful antique 'Ward' chisel used for this stage.

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A honed edge at 30 degrees, razor sharp!

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The tentalones glued.

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The tentalones are the small triangular pieces holding the top to the sides.

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Each cedar tentalone is glued one by one.

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High tech stuff. The back is glued on with rubber bands used as clamps.

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And now...wait for 24 hours!

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Completed! Blackwood back and sides with ebony binding. French polished.

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A shot of Jane completed, pre-pickguard. Sitka Spruce soundboard, mother of pearl dot inlays, ebony fretboard and bridge. The rosette was handmade with cyprus and ebony.

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In a bind - bindings taped and drying. Neck in infancy on the right.

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Bindings roughly levelled and ready for sanding.

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Handmade chevron binding and purfling, Sitka Spruce soundboard, Curly Maple binding

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My 'high-tech' neck tenon jig. It 'aint pretty, but it sure gets it right first time

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Figured Otway Blackwood back and sides. Gonna look pretty spectacular French Polished...

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Shaping the neck heel

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Rough shaped neck heel

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The Neck join

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Preparing Rosewood fingerboard for fret slots

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Cutting fret slots

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Another 'high-tech' jig

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Fingerboard glued with back-bow for buzz-less sustain. Is there anything you can't do with rubber bands?

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Carving the bridge. This take ages!

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Mulga headstock with mother-of-pearl 'stache' inlay ready to glue

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Headstock ready for sanding. Relic brass tuners; that old-school feel!

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Looks like a guitar, will sound like a guitar, it's almost a guitar...

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A couple of instruments in the Wearne stable. 'Salvador' the Silky-Oak 0-28 and Banjo #1

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