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Build Thread: Tom Sands Model S in Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce' & Mastergrade Koa

Tom Sands Model S in Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce' & Mastergrade Koa

Tom Sands Guitars are in incredibly high demand, and it's definitely not hard to see why. With slick designs and the utmost attention to detail, his craftsmanship really is some of the best we've ever seen.

This guitar features one of the most beautiful sets of Mastergrade Koa we've had the pleasure of laying eyes upon, paired with a Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce' top. Koa is one of our favourite tonewoods, with its incomparable appearance, crisp clarity and warm, thick tone, we're excited to hear the outcome of this gorgeous Model S.

This is the second guitar for a TNAG Customer which has just been completed at Tom Sands Guitars. Due to the current climate we have been unable to film and photograph this guitar, however here's an in depth photo diary of the start to finish process, including Tom's incredible finished shots.

  • Body Style: Tom Sands Model S
  • Scale Length: 24.75'
  • Soundboard:  Mastergrade 'Moon Spruce'
  • Back & Sides: Mastergrade Koa
  • Rosette: Sistine Blue Patinated Copper
  • Binding: Madagascar Rosewood
  • End Graft: Madagascar Rosewood
  • Position Markers: Copper dots with blue infill
  • Bridge: Madagascar Rosewood
  • Bridge Pins: Ebony
  • Saddle: Bone
  • Nut Width: 1-3/4’
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fingerboard: Madagascar Rosewood
  • Backstrap: Dyed black maple
  • Tuning Machines: Robson Standard
  • Trussrod: Two-way
  • Fretwire: Jescar Evo Gold Medium
  • Fretboard Radius: 20’
  • Finish: Polyurethane
  • Strings: Elixir HD lights
  • Neck Heel Inlay: Sistine Blue Full Heel Cap
  • Neck Depth at 1st Fret: 20mm
  • Neck Depth at 9th Fret: 23mm
  • Neck Profile: Medium C 

Putting a radius into the top X brace

Routing the rosette. The client really loved the rosette on a Model L that was recently finished, and so we decided to go with the same type of patination process for the copper so it would return similar coloured results. We call this particular blue copper patination 'sistine blue' as it reminds us of Michaelangelo's famous frescos

Just trimming the soundhole reinforcement to perfection...

 Multiple rim assemblies on the bench. Utilising structured sides ensures the rim assemblies have a high stiffness to weight ratio; no energy is being lost on the sides moving, so maximum sound is generated.

Jointing this amazing back

shaping the back braces. They are made of spruce to again ensure the lightness of the guitar; this client enjoys a lighter built instrument.

Our Koa is all ethically sourced by our good friends Elaine and Josh of Koa Guitar Josh is a third generation logger and visits Hawaii every year to source the finest Koa; but, only from already fallen trees, of course.

Tap testing the back of the guitar to see if it's producing an even sound.

Glueing the top on.

Routing the binding channels.

For more information on Tom Sands Guitars please email us on or call us on 020 7835 5597.

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