In phase 3 the spruce bracing is cut , shaped and glued to the sound board. This guitar follows the standard “X” bracing style.
There are three tone braces in the lower bout of the guitar for extra strength for a 12-string.
Now the front sound board and the back board are essentially complete. They are ready to be glued to the sides, which will also be made of Macassar Ebony, as the back is. But before the sides are thicknessed and bent to shape, the neck will be constructed.
Each sound board brace is cut from quarter-sawn spruce, hand-shaped and profiled….
Smaller tone braces are glued to each side of the X braces. Shaping of these will define the guitars sound
Finally, the sound hole is cut out of the sound board.
The Dremel router is used to route progressively deeper through the sound board until the hole is made, leaving a clean edge
Interlocking main “X”braces are glued and clamped into place. These form the major structural support of the sound board