Blue Abbey Road

Lindsay tried the first Abbey Road guitar and decided he wanted to build one himself…

The front (or the back) plate is glued and pressed…

…and now for the second plate.

While the second plate is drying, we’ve started on the sides.

The heated and formed plies are glued together in the mould…

…and we’ve repeated the process for the second side.

The two halves are joined by fitting the head and tail blocks and the linings can then be glued in place.

The edges are carefully levelled and glue applied.

When the glue has dried, the edges of the top are trimmed, firstly with the band saw and then trimmed flush with the router…

The half finished body is placed back in the mould and I’ve cut the “f” holes using another router and the control holes are also marked and then drilled.

Now it’s starting to look like a guitar…!

We’ve put the guitar back into the mould, upside down this time, and the edges are again levelled.

…and the back glued and clamped.

The excess is again band sawn and flush trimmed- completed guitar body!

While the body was being assembled, we’ve also been making the neck…

…and the fret board.

Back to the body and after cutting the binding channel front and back, the binding is installed.

Now for the fret board…

With the binding installed, the binding is levelled and the body sanded.

And with a bit of help from me…

…the neck is marked out and fitted.

Now’s also a good time to drill the output jack hole.

Now for the fretboard markers.

Now for the shaping of the neck…

With the neck suitably carved, we can glue the neck into the body.

And when dry, the fret board is also glued on…

Next time Lindsay does the final shaping of the neck…

…and it all seems to be right.

The holes for the bridge studs are located and drilled.

Now it is definitely looking like a guitar!

The pickup routs are done…

…and the guitar is fine sanded before the clear grain filler is applied, sanded and then re-applied.

The binding is masked and the colour is ready to be sprayed.

Now it’s up to me to paint Lindsay’s Abbey Road and he’s opted for blue- and the blue that  I have hasn’t been sprayed onto a guitar before but after the initial coats, it’s looking very promising.

The binding masking is removed and the binding is scraped…

…and several clear coats are applied.

Now it’s hanging in my office inside while we wait for the paint to harden.

A week later, Lindsay rubbed back the paint and today, he’s buffed the finish to a great gloss…

After morning tea, the Grover machine heads are installed.

But now there will be several operations that Lindsay will have to watch me do- the frets are levelled and the fret ends are tidied, the wiring loom has the Brierley B90 pickups added to the circuit before installation, the earth wire has to be run from the tail piece and I thought that it would just be simpler if I just went ahead and did these things,

So now Lindsay’s Abbey Road is completed!