The materials used to make a Parkwood guitar are controlled using the highest quality climate control system. The wood must be kept at a proper temperature and humidity levels throughout the entire building process. The area pictured, like all areas in our factory is climate and humidity controlled.
Importing of Materials & Drying
We import the highest quality woods at its optimal moisture level through a painstaking selection process. We work with wood growers across the world to find the finest woods for every Parkwood guitar. All woods used in PARKWOOD Acoustic Guitars go through several years of drying and seasoning before it is used in production.
Once the wood has been properly dried, each piece goes through a complete screening process for moisture, density, resonance, and tone. Our workers are trained to identify the best pcs. of wood that will translate into the most stable and the very best tone. Tap testing woods for tone, a trained ear can really hear the difference between good or great wood. Only the best woods that meet our requirements will ever bear the PARKWOOD label.
Preparation & Planning
PARKWOOD Acoustic Guitars are designed and created using the latest CAD blueprint software. This allows us to design and experiment with unlimited freedom. CAD blueprints and all of its materials are tested thoroughly for reliability and overall quality. The Parkwood “Scoops Bridge” shown to the left has proven to be highly effective for its superior transfer of vibrations to the body of the guitar.
Latest technology machinery
PARKWOOD Factory employs the latest technology in automated machinery. Although our guitars are hand made, we will use automated machinery in some capacities for accuracy and speed for parts and certain components. Nothing will replace the human touch, but we feel that technology can help us make a better guitar if used properly.
Bracing of the Top
Here you can see the tops of the guitar body and braces being glued together in a vacuum compression jig. This insures even and precise application of glue and pressure. Consistency and accuracy is important in this step. All braces are scalloped and inspected to the highest attention to deliver the best tone.
All PARKWOOD model guitars use solid wood construction throughout. In this picture, the craftsman is “bending” solid sheets of mahogany to be used for the sides of our guitars. The sides, back and top are always solid on a Parkwood guitar.
Auto Rotating Sandpaper Dish
The thickness of the top wood determines the guitars’ volume and sustain. Accurate width and thickness can be cut and shaped on this Rotating Sandpaper Dish shown to the left.
In this process the body’s top, sides and back are joined together. This is where the body is born. It is here the individual parts become the body. Only the most skilled
craftsman will join the different pieces together. Another step towards making a great guitar!
Purfling & Binding
Binding is applied the old fashion way, by hand. Our workers are extensively trained and expected to perform at the highest levels. Attention to detail and a trained eye are key to making the binding flow and look like it is one with the body.Bindings protect edges or corners on the guitar and also add cosmetic elements to the guitar.
Checking Neck Angle
Only the best guitars make it this far. Here a worker is checking the neck angle on this guitar. Proper neck angle is critical for an incredible playing and sounding guitar. To get the string action just right starts with proper neck angle. We examine all the factors that make a playable guitar.
Neck shape is one of the most important factors in a great feeling guitar. The right shape, width and thickness all contribute to the “feel” of each guitar. Once we decide on the proper shape for each model, we program that shape into our automated neck cutter. This insures that all necks will retain that familiar friendly shape. Final shaping and sanding is still done by hand.
Dovetail Neck Joint
PARKWOOD uses Dove-Tail neck joints. Dove-Tail neck joints requires a higher degree of labor, experience, and craftsmanship to produce, but the results are better tone and a stronger neck to body coupling that will sound better and last longer.
Here a worker is closely examining the body and binding on this cutaway acoustic. The worker is looking for any flaws that may occur in the sanding and or binding stages. We inspect everything at every stage of production.
Stringing, Tuning and Inspecting
Strings are put on and the first “set-up” is initiated. D’Addario EXP strings come stock. Here the strings are installed, the guitar is tuned to pitch and checked for proper neck angle, nut/saddle height and tune tested. The guitar is played and adjusted while under string tension for accurate set ups. Our guitars are ready to play right out of the box.
The guitar finish serves to protect and beauty the wood surfaces and so slow down exchange of moisture between the wood and the surrounding. After Neck is installed, it’s into the airtight spray booth for finish work. All of PARKWOOD’s instruments are variety finished as fit as a pudding acoustic guitar character by expert.
Complete with that new car smell, these guitars await to be packaged and soon will be in the hands of everyday people and rock stars who all love great guitars.
Final check after set up
After the initial set up and cleaning PARKWOOD again inspects all its guitars for any blemish or micro damage. All dust and shavings are cleaned. The guitar is then re-inspected and cleaned again before final packing.