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One-on-One Acoustic Guitar Building Workshop at Lichty Guitars

One-on-One Acoustic Guitar Building Workshop at Lichty Guitars

A few images from the latest workshop. The student has chosen to build a cocobolo crossover guitar with a cedar top. These workshops typically last 12 days and the student goes home with the guitar they built.

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Comment by Jay Lichty on June 23, 2012 at 4:51am

That is an impressive guitar Luis. Great tone. You ask about my neck connection. I use a  mortise and tenon with bolts. My neckblock is a C shape and allows for a pocket in the top which houses a 3/8" thick block glued to the bottom of the fretboard (where the fretboard sits on the top plate). That block hosts some threaded inserts and allows me to bolt the fret board extension to the top. So the neck is 100% bolt on.

I do not dome the soundboards, though I do apply a radius to some of the braces and then glue the top on flat to pre-tension the brace for strength and tone.

I am unfamiliar with the Thomastik stings. Thanks for the name. The truth is that I am going the other way...seeking the nylon string sound.

I am proud of this student as he appears to have the gift.





Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on June 23, 2012 at 2:35am

Very interesting!

The idea of a radius fingerboard is a great one!

Please, have a look on this guitar:

It's the one I made in 2006, at a construction course given by Master José Romanillos. The fingerboard is tappered off from 6th fret down on the bass side, but it also has a very slight radius all over the fretboard (I mean, first you radius the fretboard, then you taper it). And, besides,  the distance between strings is small (46 mm at the nut, 54 mm at the bridge). The radius, if very slight, makes barré chords easier...

Looking at the guitar in your pictures, I wonder how the neck is connected to the neckblock: tenon & mortise?, dovetail joint?, wooden pins? 

Another detail that puzzles me is the soundboard: is it dome-shaped? If so, I wonder how do you create the dome without using a solera...

Just one more thing: are you familiar with Austrian-made Thomastik strings? They make metal-core, nylon-coated strings for Classic guitar, with a total string tension of about 41 Kilos (more or less the same as hard tension nylon strings), that provide a "metal" sound and great sustain without damaging the structure of a classic guitar...

 I think your student has done a great job - my congratulations for him and his teacher!

Comment by Jay Lichty on June 22, 2012 at 5:52pm
Very observant Louis! Yes, a crossover features a classical body with nylon strings and a radius finger board with a 1-7/8" nut width. It is designed for the steel string player looking for that great nylon string sound
Comment by FloridaGull on June 22, 2012 at 5:40pm
La Patrie does this with it's classicals, too - a very slightly radiused fretboard - 24" in the La Patrie line...
Comment by Luis Motta da Silva on June 22, 2012 at 4:15pm

It's a beautiful Job!

I've noticed this guitar features classic bars & struts (a variation on Torres' pattern), a classic rosette, but, on the other hand, the fretboard looks as if it's a steel-string... and also the nec block appears to be a hybrid. Is that what you mean by "crossover"?

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