Luthiers Wife

Kindof a Blog about projects my Luthier's working on and other musical fun.

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Guitar Drop

We have a guitar Nowell made called the "Circle of Life” and he decided to use it as a template for the overall look of the “Guitar-Drop”. How big to make the parts in relation to the trailer was an ongoing conversation. We also were trying to use the same materials as you would on a guitar such as mother of peal, abalone, frets, herringbone trim, a real wood bridge and fingerboard; mostly we adhered to this.
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The essentials were done first though …i.e. roof, making it water tight and finishing the kitchen. I have a great desire for quarter-sawn oak and so Nowell found some "high flake" veneer for the sides (top/face) of the trailer, both sides of the trailer were to be the same. He made a decision to make the herringbone trim himself and then inlay it; that was a monster job! We worked together in deciding the fret-board inlays; I drew it and he cut it (2 Seagulls) and discussed the wood choice for the bridge. We wanted it to be pretty but not too pricey; a nice mahogany was found. My hubby is a big fan of "curly" maple and it made its appearance in the bridge pins and saddle. The bridge was a little tricky because it was over a black window. A piece of wood veneer leftover was inserted over the window and I took out my paints to blend into the frame.

We decided to go with a polished aluminum roof and Nowell had a learning curve with polishing aluminum that covered not only parts of the shop, but also made it's way into the house, we were looking at polishing compound for a few weeks!
Cabinets were installed in the kitchen area and inside for cubby holes. 12 volt outlets and LED’s inside were used to cut down on energy demands. We even have a homemade solar cell blanket if our battery is running low.
So now it’s finally finished and we even found some guitar bedding (Queen size) to add to the theme.
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