Acoustic Body Build
Acoustic guitar sides are bent with a combination of heat and steam. Each side is adjusted to fit perfectly into a mold of the body shape it will become. Exotic figured woods like maple and koa must be coaxed especially slowly into shape, this is done by hand through a process of feel for when the wood is hot and the grain is open enough to bend. Sides are then clamped into their molds and joined by mahogany blocks at the neck and end joints. Lastly, slotted cedar kerfing is glued to the leading edges of the sides to provide a glue surface for joining the top and back, and mahogany braces are fitted to stabilize the inner structure. Once the body is joined, channels are routed for purflings and bindings and each binding material is glued in by hand.
Braces are placed and glued to each top and back by hand. We then fit them to vacuum presses where air is suctioned to allow a flexible material to press evenly on each brace as it glues. Once secure, we hand carve each brace with chisels and sandpaper to lighten the mass while providing excellent strength. When this is complete you have a top that can withstand 140+ pounds of string tension, yet be flexible enough to ring like a bell when you pluck a string.