Medium - Large Guitar Body Mold Template
When it comes to making an acoustic guitar, a quality body mold is essential to keep everything together, aligned and square until the soundboard and back are glued on.
We have previosuly offered fully CNC-cut body molds but they are cumbersome and a challenge to ship. So we have created these templates so you can make your own molds and you can be happy that the mold will accurately match the template set you are using as we use the same design file for both.
This item is not specific to a particular guitar size/shape. The medium-large item covers from standard classical guitar thru larger dreadnaught sized guitars. Tell us which guitar model (from our template range) you require a body mould for in the comments at the checkout (or email us). If you have a particular requirement, get in touch by email.
Made from 6mm thick clear acrylic they sport the following features:
- Accurately cut to match the particular guitar shape.
- 6mm clear acrylic
- 50mm wide for rigidity
- The outside shape follows the inside shape to facilitate easy external clamping
- Neck and tail ends are shaped to maintain alignment
- 10mm dowel holes around the perimeter to enable the layers to be accurately aligned while cutting and gluing.
- Waist alignment and neck/tail centerlines are scribed
The two halves may be clamped together in various ways using standard hardware, nuts and bolts and some scraps of ply (not included). Or pin them to a base board using the 10mm dowel holes and dowels.
To clamp your sides into the mold, we recommend use of Hannam-Style* universal clamping cauls which work for both concave and convex curves and with both external and internal clamps.
*See American Lutherie #146 and we'll have a detailed tutorial on our BLOG soon.
Let us know what body shape you're after or if you're looking for something custom.
Ordering a template? Here are two short videos that will help when you receive the templates.
How to remove the paper protection layer from your template
Which way is the right way to use your template
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