Hi, Fellow Guitarmakers!
Parlor guitars are delicate, sweet instruments. We Portuguese call them Senhorinhas (Little Ladies).
I had already restored an old Senhorinha - and posted some pictures here, in a discussion called "restoring an old instrument"- but I had no Parlor guitar of my own. The oportunity for that came two years ago: a cousin of mine offered me the remaining parts of his father's guitar.
My uncle was born in 1904, and the instrument must have been bought between 1920 and 1930. There must have been some accident, the guitar was broken, but the remaining parts were kept in an attic until the moment they were given to me.
The last time I saw my uncle was in 1955. I was five by them, but I still remember him playing Christmas songs in the piano. So, I had sentimental reasons to rescue what was left of the instrument...
Thank you very much for the encouragement.
The fact is, that in this community - and, namely, in this "guitar makers" group - I have much more to learn than to teach (no false modesty in this statement). To exhibit some of the jobs I've done may do some good to my ego, but that is not the main purpose: I value all the comments I get, especially those that criticize, expose errors, faults, lack of care or knowledge. Besides, there's aonother reason to post these pictures: many guitar players (some of my friends here in Lisbon and, probably, many members of this community), never built, or repaired, an instrument - but consider the possibility of giving themselves a try. So, I hope that these discussions may encourage them, because seeing "how it's done" can help destroy the myth that instrument making is a matter for a few "gifted", chosen" or "enlightened" individuals, and prove that it is basically a matter of learning, hard work, lots of patience, great care and... much love.
Ah, one more thing: all good luthiers I had the pleasure to meet have thick notebooks, where they write down measurements, techniques, "secrets" of the craft, et coetera. Because of my lack of method, I don't do that part of the job, so, I take pictures... it's a pleasure and an honor to share them!
Once again, thank you, thank you all very much!
You're absolutely right, Robert. Two hours at the work bench make you sleep well - no stress, no sleeping pills!
Very beautiful pics you posted... I guess you chose the kind of shellac that suits you instrument the best.
And I learned two things: 1) the creative use of baby oil; 2) the term "denaturated alcohol", which I assume is the same thing as "methylated spirits". The Portuguese words for that are "álcool desnaturado". As I was writing my comments, I searched for "denaturated" in a dictionary, but didn't find it - maybe because it was a British English dictionary. It is of some comfort to me to find the term "denaturated" in use... (these discussions surely are instructive)!
In my opinion, the guitar looks absolutely gorgeous! If you say that, on natural, it looks even better than in the pics, it must be a delightful thing to look at. I surely would like to play it!