|Bailey Custom Process...
How I make Guitars
| On this page, I'm going to tell you a little about the way I make aluminum guitars. I won't tell or
show you everything, some things are proprietary. I have invented some of my tools for this
work and I don't really wish to share these, but I will show some of what goes on. It's not
glamorous or whatever. Making these guitars is A LOT of work..... I know, people say that what
they do is a lot of work, but this is. I have talked with other aluminum guitar makers and they
also say it's a lot of work.
I hope to add to this page as I get more pix.... For now.... Here we go!
|Turning the back of
the neck... The
I do this early in the
process, on my
lathe. I have to set it
up with an offset and
|This is where some of the hard work is..... After the neck is off the lathe, I have to start
filing the shapes that I can't get from the lathe. I use a variety of files. I then start sanding,
with a sander and by hand. Once it's sanded, I start polishing the neck with high speed
|The neck, after buffing. This
one still needed some final,
fine polishing from this
point..... But you get the
|The sanding is done! Time
|The neck has been filed....
|This neck just came off the
lathe... Ready for filing...
|Bending fret wire with a fret wire bender that I made.
|Using a mill to hollow out a Veleno Tribute body.....
More on body work will be coming soon.