Category Archives: Clara

Clara – more news

As you will have seen in previous updates, the crack in Clara’s top was bugging me.  With that in mind, and also the fact that in retrospect weight relief would have been a good idea, I decided to take the original … Continue reading

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Clara – Routing the pickups

The next scary part is to cut out the pickup holes.  There’s no going back from this, so make sure they are marked out in the absolutely correct location, then check the location, measure again, panic, and then think about … Continue reading

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Clara – Cutting out the binding channels

The time has come for some more delicate work – cutting the binding channels.  By hand.  Who had that bright idea?  Oh yes, me. First of all, I had to remember where I had put my gramil (basically a tool … Continue reading

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Clara – Carving and binding channels

After looking at the maple cap, and the split that appeared, I decided that it was not a write-off after all.  Yes there is a crack, but a very small amount of filler will make it all but invisible.  So … Continue reading

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Clara fights back

Whenever you work with wood, you have to expect it to fight you at some point along the journey.  In this case, the first time was when I was about to glue the cap on to the sapele body.  I’d … Continue reading

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Clara – Starting on the neck

Maybe I am a masochist, but I enjoy necks most.  This one is a simple two piece construction of sapele.  Glued up and very roughly cut, it looks like this. A bit more cutting… and (very) roughing out the headstock. … Continue reading

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Clara – a Build for Mr Wilson

I was talking with a friend who was looking for a Les Paul style guitar, but he had a very specific set of requirements.  He wants as faithful as possible a copy of Mick Ronson’s Les Paul.  I’m crazy enough … Continue reading

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