Every instrument starts with its raw materials, in a Maybury Guitars case this is the wood
here you can see maple for the neck, sapele, elm and oak for the body and rosewood for the fretboard.
……. and the Hardware
Tuners, bridge, pickups, and the electrics
The wood for the body is then sliced, diced, planned and routed before being glued and clamped
The neck is also routed and the fretboard shaped, before they get glued together.
With the glue dried, the wood for the body is then cut to rough shape on a bandsaw
Roughly shaped the body, neck and maple top
The body now needs to be carved to shape with a router before the maple top is fitted.
Neck carved, fretboard inlaid, maple top glued and body with first sand
And so the process of fretting the neck starts
Arguably the most important step in building a guitar, if you don't get the frets right, the guitar will be uncomfortable to play and sound terrible.
This stage typically takes around 5 hours, from cutting the frets as we see here, through fitting, levelling, dressing and then the final polish.
The finished neck, fully carved and dressed.
Tuner holes have also been drilled and the bone nut shaped and fitted
Routing the body…..
The neck and pickup pockets are routed into the body using templates.
Once routed the top gets its first coat of colour.
In this instance, we are using a water based ink, which will take a couple of coats before we cut it back to give a distressed look.
Now the neck and body have been glued together and the body has been faded back to create a faded denim effect.
Finally, the finished article!!!
All the electrics in, strung, action adjusted and ready to play.