In Crimson Guitars’ 05Ric Extended Range Bass, I introduced you to this unusual seven string instrument – part Chapman Stick and part conventional guitar. Now we’ll get to know the guitar better through a series of progress pictures.
The multi-laminate neck, seen here sitting on the plan drawing, will provide the strength necessary for this guitar/bass hybrid:
A neck through design, the guitar is comprised of two cedar wings affixed to either side of the neck. Here we see these three pieces glued and clamped together:
A bunch of clamps introduce the maple top to the cedar back:
A bit of work on the band saw and its really starting to take shape:
A look at the rosewood fingerboard and the fretwork:
The fretboard meets the rest of the guitar. Note the pencil line denoting where the forearm contouring will come in:
That’s it for now. In a future installment, we’ll continue to follow this unusual guitar to completion thanks to Crimson Guitars’ generosity in providing these great progress pictures.