Ladder Bracing

 

Every Tonk Bros Instrument is made in our UK workshop. We work with specialist UK partner companies close to us to provide our wooden parts. The chosen material is Premium Grade Birch Ply. We found it the perfect match for the Original Blues Sound the other benefit is that it is sustainable

 

 

We also use a set of hand made jigs for the sides of the guitar. We prefer to use a one piece section for our sides. It gives greater strength to the finished instrument. Once the sides have been secured in the jig the top is then positioned, glued and cramped until dry

The neck of our Tonk Bros Parlour Guitar is made from laminated Premium Birch Ply. It has an original look when finish is applied is very strong and stable. We no longer use a truss rod in our guitars but have superseded this with a carbon fibre insert to avoid movement in the neck itself. Once the carbon fibre has been placed in its machined slot the fingerboard is then glued on and cramped until dry

Once dried the neck is then attached to the body. We use a method of gluing and screws to secure the neck to the body. At this stage the back is yet to be put on, before this happens we install the under saddle pickup including a very neat wiring job too.

 

We glue the bridge in place. We secure and hold it in place with a bespoke made jig

New Traditional Bridge Installed

When the bridge has dried we install the under saddle pickup which is standard on all our Tonk Bros Guitars

With the back yet to be installed we have easy access to the jack socket and we solder the connections

Now the back is glued and cramped into place using our specially made jigs

Once the guitar has been completed it is left for a day to thoroughly dry before being entirely finished by hand using a mix of process and sanding techniques to get our distinctive Trashed finishes

Trimming the Edge of the guitar

Sanding the body

 

Polishing up the frets.

Applying the finish

Completed instrument

 

Our Original Wedges

It's back the Original Wedge made from PEFC Spruce Glulam with the Original Black Box and our Bean Can

Our Wedges are now made also from Premium Grade Birch Ply. We laminate together some six pieces using dowels so that the Wedge body is strong

Cigar Box Guitars

We source our boxes from the USA. Purely as the UK boxes have the Smoking Kills stickers on them. We make the Cigar Box Guitar necks in our workshop. We use Premium Grade Birch Ply with a Sapele insert and fingerboard