Guitar Headstock Carving - The Final Touches

Florian Vorreiter, Luthier (B.A.), Master Craftsman

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7 Lessons (12m)
    • 1. 20 Tools needed (9750)

      1:22
    • 2. 20 Cheek bevel (9497)

      2:14
    • 3. 21 Controlling bevel angle (9498)

      0:37
    • 4. 22 Scalpel carving start (9499)

      1:25
    • 5. 23 Crown Carving Time Lapse

      1:28
    • 6. 24 Curve correction (9508)

      4:00
    • 7. 25 Finished bevels (9758)

      1:01

Project Description

Using beveled edges to create elegance.

By adding beveled edges to a guitar crown, you can make it appear even more fragile than it actually is. These edges make a crown elegant and vibrant!

Required materials:

  1. A guitar headstock with a crown pattern cut out and sanded clean.
  2. A few needle files.
  3. A cery sharp scalpel or similar blade.
  4. Custom made sanding blocks/sticks, if desired.
  5. Very good lighting.

Make sure your lighting is appropriate, and can be moved around your work piece as needed. While you are cutting the edges, you will have to move around your work and reposition the light frequently. The light should ideally hit the work from the side, so that the bevels light up nicely and you can see the results of your workmanship instantly.

I personally liek to have the guitar neck in a vise, with the crown pointing towards my body. I will move around the crown as much as I can, and for some areas reposition the neck so that I can reach all areas without strain. Imagine it like painting - it is hard to execute a flawless brush stroke when your body is in an awkward or restrained position. The same applies to woodworking in my experience.

Once your setup is ready, begin watching the videos to understand the process. Feel free to post early pictures of your project progress, so that I and the student community can provide feedback (and admire your work). And just to take the worry off your mind: this process looks much more intimidating than it actually is!

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