I think I have fallen a bit in love with Kasha Baritones. The one I recently made of Australian Blackwood and Sitka Spruce captivated me. Now the baritone I am making of Bubinga and Sitka is beginning to speak to me. Today I very successfully cut the binder groves and tomorrow I will bend the binders and start their installation. 'This is going to be a very pretty instrument.
It is always a bit frightening to take a router to the delicate edge of an instrument. There is alway the possibility of splitting a chunk out of a side, or slipping and creating a huge gouge. Today it went perfectly.
The biggest hurdles are past. Glueing in the binding is pretty simple and stress free, Here is the channel for the end piece. When that is done I will fret the fingerboard and glue it on= but that was a bit of a hassle.
I cut down a piece of Honduran Rosewood, planed it and sanded it to proper thickness, changed the saw blade and cut the fret slots, Then I drew on the curve, sawed the thing to shape, even installed the para abalone marker dots, and then I did'nt like it. It was a little short I thought, and the curve started at the 14th fret instead of down a little farther on the body. It bugged me for a day and night, so today I did it all over again, and now I am happy. So this is what it is going to look like when all done. This sitka has some nice bear claw in it, always a pleasant touch. If this sounds as good as it is going to look, think I will keep it and sell my other fan braced baritone. Anyone interested?