Guitar For Vets
Parts for the G4V Guitar
Kerfed Linings from Kevin Ryan
Justen taps the top from a piano soundboard which we decided not to use because it was to floppy.
Joining the Back Plates
Making the Rosette and Headstock Veneer from Walnut
Jointing and Joining Top Plate
Guitar For Vets
Guitars For Vets (BRL) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to enhance the lives of injured and ailing veterans through the healing power of music. The purpose is to promote positive social interaction, provide an avenue for self-expression, build focus and confidence, and create bonds of fellowship with other like-minded veterans.
The Salem BRL Chapter began in early 2012, and will be starting their seventh class in March. To date, they have 48 graduates, and over 80 vets on the 'waiting' list. The Chapter plans to auction the Blue Ridge Luthier's custom acoustic guitar to help bear the cost of purchasing new, low-cost commercial guitars for their graduates. This program and the healing power of music has enriched many lives with the camaraderie fostered in private and group lessons, provided by an unheralded group of volunteer instructors. Thank You Blue Ridge Luthiers!
David Bowen (USA, Ret.), Chapter Coordinator, Salem BRL
More about Guitar for Vets at guitars4vets.org/ and the
Salem Chapter of BRL at www.salem.va.gov/SALEM/features/Guitars_for_Vets.asp
LiningsLinings donated by Kevin Ryan Guitars.
Making the Neck (More photos on the neck scarf joint process here.)Neck blank donated by Hibdon Hardwood.
Bracing the Back (More photos here)
Installing the Rosette
A Dremel tool with a circle cutting attachment is used to cut the channel for the rosette.