Words and Music

This is my personal blog, where I can document my interests in words, music, concerts, travel, and guitar-building.

Monthly Archives: November 2008

Bass Painting

Here’s a scan of a painting that my mom gave me over the Thanksgiving visit when she and Roy drove from Cleveland to Maine! She’s been staying in Cleveland (Euclid, I believe, to be exact) with Roy and he set her up with a small studio and some paint. She’s gotten a lot more abstract […]

Final Guitar Pics

I put the strings back on my guitar after a week of hardening on the finish. I ended up with 3-4 coats on the back and sides with a couple of light rubs with a small amount of the tru-oil. The top has all kinds of scratches that you can’t see unless you look really […]

Finish on the Back and Sides Finally

I finally got tru-oil on the back and sides (see above) after a semi-long process of pore filling with LMI wood filler, tru-oil sealer, more pore filling, more sealing, then sanding from 220 – 320 – 400 – 600 grit. Now I have a nice, smooth surface. I didn’t fill the pores on the neck […]

Starting the Finish Process

Here’s the guitar before finishing. I’m setting up a mini-shop in the basement so I can do the work. I had to wait about a week for LMI to ship the wood filler and tru-oil sealer. I’m going to start on the back, sides, neck on Sunday. Today, I cleaned up the top a little […]

Vermont Instruments Guitar Building Course – Week 3

Note: This entry and others on this blog reflect my own personal experiences at Vermont Instruments, taught by George Morris, during the weeks of October 11 – November 1, 2008. I left out a lot of the details of the process in order to keep this shorter and more for a general audience. There are […]

Vermont Instruments Guitar Building Course – Week 2

Note: This entry and others on this blog reflect my own personal experiences at Vermont Instruments, taught by George Morris, during the weeks of October 11 – November 1, 2008. I left out a lot of the details of the process in order to keep this shorter and more for a general audience. There are […]

Vermont Instruments Guitar Building Course – Week 1

Note: This entry and others on this blog reflect my own personal experiences at Vermont Instruments during the weeks of October 11 – November 1, 2008. I left out a lot of the details of the process in order to keep this shorter and more for a general audience. There are plenty of good references […]

Vermont Instruments – Guitar Building Course – Introduction

Vermont Instruments Guitar Building Course – Introduction I had always wanted to build a guitar from scratch, ever since my friend, Steve, did it in Phoenix at the Roberto-Venn School (where we grew up). However, it was never a priority with music school, a family, a job, and life, in general. This past summer I […]