The building of any guitar begins with selecting the woods to be used. A bookmatched set of Spruce or Cedar is selected for the top, and a back and side set is chosen for the body. Standard woods for the latter are Rosewood, Mahogany, or Maple. Many other woods can be used, and the choice is primarily one of personal taste.
The top and back sets are carefully laid out for best use of grain and figure, glued up, and thicknessed. The shapes are cut out using templates and the braces are glued into place. In a standard build, the braces are carved and shaped at this time. If the builder voices and tunes the top and back, this is done as part of the boxing process… see Part Two of this blog. The photos in the gallery below show the steps involved to make and brace the back and top of a Monarch guitar.