The clamps are off, the bridge is attached, Now the string holes are carefully located and drilled. the tape is to protect the wood should the drill slip.
The Peghed tuners have been installed and the string shown is being used to gauge where to drill the string holes in the bridge. I will be using the strings shown above. Thomastik Infeld wound basses and Savarez trebles.
I use an old fashioned hand drill. It is easier to control. Don't want any slip ups here.
And here they are, strung up and ready to play. On the left, #115, Redwood top and East Indian Rosewood body, on the right, #114, Bubinga body and Sitka Spruce "bear claw" soundboard. Now its hear what the sound like.
#115 has the rich warm voice that I expect from this wood combination. I have made a number of these now and they have all had wonderful tone. This is a duplicate of the tenor I built for Stuart Fuchs. It will be sent to Beth in the midwest, I think she will be very happy.
#114 will be heading for its new home in Denmark. Torsten is going to get a beauty. I love the "bear claw" markings on the Spruce, but I really am pleased with this tenor'a tone and playability. A slim fast neck, low action and a quick, clear and resonant voice makes this just a delight to play. I will hate to ship it off after I have installed a MiSi pickup. I have started a twin of this one for Lee in California.