Our Workshop

Handmade

We pride ourselves on the quality of our guitars, and the quality of the workmanship.

Faith Guitars are made in Indonesia where we have a superb, family-run and experienced workshop staffed by woodworking graduates and highly trained Luthiers.

The Spruce, Cedar and Maple is FSC certified and obtained from tonewood timber merchants across North America and Europe.

The Mahogany, Rosewood, Trembesi and Ebony timbers are sourced locally in Indonesia through offical local government certified merchants.

The British or European timbers used in the Signature models are sourced through specialist timbers merchants in the UK.

All parts

All parts of the guitar are made in-house. Here, the curved-cut lining is being sawn. This will be glued to the sides to affix the top and back pieces.

Side Strips

The side strips are being bent in the traditional way, using heat, water and pressure. This is a skilled task as too much of any of the components could ruin the wood.

Side Strips place

The side strips are placed into a jig, glued and set. Then the curved cut lining is glued and pegged to the edges in preparation for the top and back.

The top braced

Once the top is braced with quarter-sawn spruce, the braces are scalloped by hand to ensure the optimum ratio of strength to resonance. Too thin, and the top will bow; too thick, and the top cannot vibrate effectively.

Back Bracing

Although a simpler pattern than the top bracing, the back braces must also be hand-scalloped to ensure strength whilst still allowing the back piece to resonate properly.

Pre-Cut Binding

The pre-cut binding is carefully placed and glued into routed channels around the edge of the guitar, then tape is used to hold it in place.

After binding applied

After the binding is applied the entire guitar body is wrapped in rubber pressure bands. This compresses the guitar body while the glue sets binding the various parts together.

Spray Shope

Once securely set, the guitars go to the spray shop for staining, lacquering and general finishing. Areas not to be lacquered or stained are masked off, with any excess lacquer being painstakingly removed by very steady hands.

Neck Prep Area

Next to the neck prep area, where the ebony fingerboard is glued and clamped to the machine-cut, blank mahogany neck. After this, the frets are hand fitted and machine pressed.

Finger board and Frets Fitted

With the fingerboard and frets fitted, the neck block is clamped and holes for the bolt-on neck system are hand drilled. Each hole must be straight, clean and true to achieve a perfect neck fit and playable action.

Neck Contour

The neck contour is then roughly sanded with a rotary sanding tool, then once the basic profile is achieved, the fine-tuning can be completed by hand rubbing with fine grit papers.

Machine heads

The machineheads and buttons are fitted, the neck is fixed to the body, then the bridge location measrurement is double-checked before the bridge is finally fixed.

Final Setup

Once the strings are on, the guitar is given a full check-over and setup, making sure that everything fits as it should and works as it should. then its into its case, put in the box and ready to find a new home...

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