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Luthiers Are Aliens
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Wed Apr 03, 2013
Acoustic : Acoustic Folk
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About the song
Dave White (www.defaoiteguitars.com) built a guitar for the East Anglia guitar show....
Lyrics
Hickory, walnut and dock, is all I’ve got in stock
It would be good to get more wood
If Big Boy is going to rock

I’ve got some wood, I’ve got some tools, I’m making a guitar
I’ll use Bubinga for the sides and back
Some European Spruce is what I’ll use to make the top
With x-bracing to make sure it doesn’t crack

Into the fox style bender go the sides to make the shape
And then the hot pipe finishes the job
Then drilling holes for buttress braces into the neck block
And then some more holes for the tuning knobs

There’s still a lot for me to do With wood and hot hide and fish glue
This Big Boys going to sing when I am done
I can still confound the earthlings With my curvy, arty purflings
Yes, this Big Boy is surely going to stun

The slot’s cut for the fingerboard the rosette channel’s routed
The x-braces are radiused, notched then glued
And next the top is voiced and, when I’m happy it gets signed
Then trim the back and top to make sure they’re not skewed.

I glue some wood together then to make the heel stack
And shape them so they fit onto the edge
Big Boy is taking shape now, and here’s a little trick
He’s assymetric – I have built him with a wedge.

There’s still a lot for me to do With wood and hot hide and fish glue
This Big Boys going to sing when I am done
I can still confound the earthlings With my curvy, arty purflings
Yes, this Big Boy is surely going to stun

The job is nearly done now as the neck is bolted on
The fretboard cut and frets are slotted in
The neck’s then carved until it’s really comfy for the hand
And in the bridge I’ve made I’ll drill holes for the pins

A final spray and polish to ensure he looks the part
And to the headstock tuners I‘ll attach
Then fit the strings and tune him up and do a final check
to ensure that the design and outcome match

The Big Boy is now ready for the East Anglia Show
I hope commissions will come flooding in
And as I’ve got some spare time I must fill to keep me sane
I’m going to build a road trip mandolin