Here's an outstanding opportunity to view the step-by-step creation of a fine archtop jazz guitar. In this impressive 4-DVD set, veteran luthier Frank Finocchio demonstrates the tooling and techniques that produce his renowned instruments. Highlights include top and back carving procedures, by machine and by hand, plus Frank's alternate method for steam-forming and joining solid arched plates, without carving.
Frank Finocchio has been making fine guitars for over 25 years and is a well-known instructor in the art of lutherie.
Disc 1 (3 hrs 17 min) Introduction Joining and carving a top plate Steam-bending and joining arched plates Making the body mold Bending and trimming the sides Making and gluing the blocks
Disc 2 (3 hrs 56 min) Installing kerfed linings Installing side reinforcement strips Gluing the back to the sides Drilling the endpin hole Cutting the f-holes Making, fitting and gluing the top braces Gluing the top to the rim Routing and gluing body bindings Creating the top and back recurve
Disc 3 (3 hrs 55 min) Scraping the bindings Making the neck and the neck extension Installing the truss rod Adding side dots and gluing the fingerboard Shaping the neck Cutting the body mortise and fitting the neck Drilling the pegholes Adding the heelcap Gluing and bolting the neck to the body
Disc 4 (3 hrs 56 min) Fretting the fingerboard Fitting the nut to the neck Inlaying the headstock Making and fitting an ebony archtop bridge Installing the tuning machines Making and installing an ebony tailpiece Slotting the nut Stringing and setup Making and installing an ebony fingerrest Making and installing an ebony truss rod cover
Musical interludes by jazz greats Bucky Pizzarelli and Frank DiBussolo, playing Finocchio archtop guitars.
4 DVD set, 15 hours
These DVDs are not "region-specific," and are intended for worldwide use.