Thursday, February 19, 2009

Roy's Guitar, Chapter 11

I worked out the bugs and was able to route the tremolo tailpiece system into Roy's guitar. I modified a routing fixture to accommodate the tailpiece by adding a little shim here and there. Using a router and flush cut bit I copied the design from the plastic template to the guitar. Next the pivot posts (which are supports for the tremolo) will be drilled.

The tremolo system is like a seesaw, there is tension from the guitar strings and tension from springs mounted the the cavity underneath (picture). This allows the tailpiece/bridge to pivot up and down by a "whammy bar" or rod that screws onto the unit. Next I will route the cavities for the humbucker pickups.

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