Friday, January 22, 2016

Blueprinting Acoustic Guitar in CAD

As a second year student at Southeast Tech - Guitar Development & Production, I studied 2D blueprinting and 3D modeling using Rhinoceros 3D CAD software. I was also trained in Mastercam CAD/CAM software as well as CNC operations. Starting January of 2016 I will begin construction on a pair of style 00 acoustic guitars. I designed and blueprinted this build using Rhino3D, modeling my bracing pattern off a 1933 Martin 00-40H. One guitar will have a tradition dovetail neck joint while the other will be equipped with a modern bolt neck.

Justin Ness Lutherie

The first guitar will have a sinker Redwood top and Adirondack Spruce bracing with a Maple bridge plate. It will have a traditional herringbone rosette and purfling with black binding, Madagascar Rosewood back and sides, African Mahogany neck and Ebony fingerboard and bridge. The second guitar will have a Redwood top, Sitka Spruce bracing with Rosewood bridge plate. It will have an Abalone rosette and purfling, curly Koa binding, Oregon Myrtlewood back and sides, African Mahogany neck and African Blackwood fingerboard and bridge. Both instruments will feature a traditional slotted headstock featuring Waverly guitar tuners.

 Check back next week as I begin to blog the construction of these guitars! 

- Justin Ness