Custom cutaway body acquired from Sean Moyses
"The bodies are really top quality. They were built in the UK by Patrick Arbothnot of “Chanticleer” reso-guitars "
Internal dimensions built to National specs, and will use National SingleCone/Bisquit configuration
very cool ...."Bee in flight" caught in this pic!
Sound hole is more forward even though the bodies are close in total
length, depth is approximately 3/16 deeper than this Pear shaped
Custom "Swallow" coverplate
Can I convert these to Magpie's ??? hehehe
This will prove a challenge as well as rewarding, Im hoping!
I will pull my National apart for the purpose of using my neck for a template to go by
It will line up something like this
I will have to design a dowel that fits, National is too tall
Cone fits as it should
22-3/4" scaled board, made for this project
I will reduce some of the heel to make the proper profile
This is a good time to show how brittle these vintage fingerboards are, and how they crumble if no care is taken to save them
The board is played completely out and there is no need for care here.
Weymann is a veneered overlay and thin shell veneer, not thick MOP and a solid board.
This is how fret slots would look if I did
not tape and protect when pulling the wires on normal restorations.
The headstock overlay is thick, so I will reduce it to remove this inlay
Chisel work to knock the bulk off
Sureform to bring it to the top red laminate
Overlay reduced, ready to profile fingerboard
Heel reduced, this is close enough to scale it on out with fingerboard
This looks like it will do the trick, and give some glamour, all the while recycling this wonderful example of 20s craftsmanship
Once fingerboard is profiled a bit more I can bind it and install it.
Once the back overlay is plugged, I will redrill the holes and dye it all black
The plugs will be hidden by the larger offset tuners I intend for it, I use these on many occasions when I make a Weymann have new tuners.
The heel will be plugged and overlaid
MORE TO COME