Swiss "Moon" Spruce / "The Tree" Mahogany Model M - Build Diary - Part 3 / by Tom Sands

It’s neck time.

For this neck I used some of my reclaimed staircase Brazillian Mahogany. Exceptionally stiff and close grained, it’s perfect for a strong, stable neck. And the deep rich colour really compliments this set of “The Tree”.

Fitting the mortice and tenon.

Fitting the mortice and tenon.

Flossing the neck.

Flossing the neck.

I carve my necks with an Auriou rasp, from a small forge in France. Because the rasps are forged by hand, the teeth are more random than a machine cut rasp. This allows a more even result on the carve.

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Routing the headstock with a template.

Routing the headstock with a template.

Careful detail work.

Careful detail work.

Filing down the copper fret position markers.

Filing down the copper fret position markers.

And that’s the woodwork.

And that’s the woodwork.

Ready for a lick of paint to make it pop…

Ready for a lick of paint to make it pop…

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This set of “The Tree” is just dying to come alive with a coat of lacquer. Check back next week to see the results…

Thanks for following the progress of this special guitar.

TS