First You Cut Down a Tree... (Part 18)

posted May 10, 2013, 7:45 PM by Hiram Philo   [ updated Jul 13, 2013, 6:21 PM ]

Today's post: the nut and saddle

Here I display a cute little vice for shaping the nut, and a tuning machine ready to be mounted in the headstock.

This shows two of my jigs and the router bit I use to rough in bridges. The bridge sitting in the jig is placed there to display how it sat when it was shaped. The second ebony bridge has been fully shaped, sanded and has the peg holes drilled. It is the bridge that you will see being glued to the Shadow Valley Cedar below. 

Finish must be removed prior to gluing the bridge. This was also necessary prior to gluing he neck; finish was removed where the fret board attaches to the guitar.

On goes the bridge.

This tool allows me to precisely mark the location of the saddle slot. Getting this step right is the key to a guitar having true intonation, which is an important factor setting high end guitars apart from low end.

This is the set up for cutting the slot for the saddle... check, recheck, recheck and recheck before this cut.

To view the next post in this series click: First You Cut Down a Tree... (part 19)
To view this series of posts from it start click: First You Cut Down A Tree