4 thoughts on “Building a Tenor Guitar – Part 13”

  1. Everything I’ve seen in building acoustics has the kerfs of the support strips facing the inside of the guitar. Do your plans show different? Do they give a reason why?

    Please advise.



    PS> Great series! I’m wanting to build a guitar myself and this is very instructional.

    • Hi Jim –

      Gluing the cut side of the lining to the guitar side (reverse kerfing) has not been commonly used but is an option.

      Those who use it claim it results in a more rigid guitar side. It makes sense to me – the open kerfed side of the kerfed lining is what gives the lining its flexibility. If it is glued to the guitar side on the solid side of the lining, the kerfed side it still open and thus subject to some flexibility. If the kerfed side is glued to the guitar side, the kerfing no longer provides that flexibility. It is sort of like a torsion box with the unkerfed side of the lining providing one skin and the guitar side providing the other. I was curious about how it would work so I decided to try it.

      Here is Stewart McDonald’s description:

      ”We offer traditional angle-cut linings with kerfing that faces outward, and a newer radiused style with reverse kerfing. The reverse style can add more stiffness to the sides, and a smoother appearance inside the body.”



  2. Really looking fawrord to this build. Not a lot of good tenor builds documented, let alone with video. It’s on my list, planning to use walnut for the back/sides also and a redwood top taken from some incredible quartersawn stairs in my junky basement.

  3. Chaska –

    A good choice on woods – the redwood should work out well. I’ve know others have reused wood from old building materials – there is some good old growth wood out there for recycling.

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