Vintage Guitar - July 2018 - open - 77
tuned the design, cut the template on a bandsaw, and did
final shaping/sanding on a spindle sander.
4) After marking locations for the blanks, I traced and cut
the body into three sections - middle, top, and bottom. I
chose purpleheart because it's a fine (if expensive!) tonewood
and it offered nice contrast with the maple necks. To square
the sides, I ran each body section through a jointer.
5) To enhance the guitar's visual appeal, I made thin strips
of Mexican ebony and holly to create contrast at each joint -
ebony next to maple, holly between purpleheart and ebony.
This layered look was popularized by Alembic in the '70s.
6) Before gluing the sides to the center/neck section, I
shaped and drilled the headstocks. I chose a three-per-side
tuner configuration for the six-string neck, six-and-six
for the 12. After laying out the centerline on each neck, I
traced the headstocks before cutting them on a bandsaw,
carefully marking tuner holes before I drilled them with a
10mm Forstner bit.