The Edge Binding...
Edge Binding of Joshua Alexander French
The Edge Binding protects the end grains of the top and the back. It also doubles as a decorative trim at the borders of the guitar. The Binding on a Classical Guitar is generally made of layered wood.
Flamed Maple Binding of Richard Prenkert
Trimming the Binding of a Conde Hermanos Guitar
A Center Seam Backstrip of Rodriguez Guitars
The Backstrip, usually made of wood, will match or compliment the guitar's edge binding. It will also reinforce the center seam of a book-matched back.
Channeling for the Backstrip
The Neck Block...
The Neck Block of a Classical Guitar by Zimnicki Guitars
The Neck Block is often made of mahogany and along with the neck, supports the book-matched back, top & sides.
A Neck Block by Oberg Guitars
The Neck Joint...
A Dovetail Joint.
One method of attaching the neck to a Classical Guitar body is the use of a Dovetail Joint. It holds well and can be detached during future guitar repairs.
This Neck and Block combination is cut from one piece of wood.
It makes a very strong attachment but can be a nightmare to repair.
The Classical Guitar Braces...
Fan Bracing on a Top by Trinity Guitars
Generally made of spruce, braces add stiffness to the top. The wood chosen is very straight grained running the length of the brace.
Fan braces being glued to the soundboard of guitar by Joshua Alexander French
Lattice Bracing of a Top by Rodriguez Guitar
Back Braces of Oberg Guitars
Parabolic Braces By Trinity Guitars
Four Parabolic Braces in the lower sections of the back add tremendous stiffness to the back.
The Classical Guitar Bridge Plate...
Bridge Plate on a top by Joshua Alexander French
The Bridge Plate adds strength to the top under the bridge area. The straight wood grain runs perpendicular to the top.
Center Seam Reinforcement Strip...
Two Piece Backs by Joshua Alexander French
A strip of wood is added to the seam of a book-matched back for reinforcement.
Guitar Kerfing (guitar lining) is tapered strips of wood glued around the inside seams of a guitar to add strength and stability where the sides meet the top and back. Kerfing has spaced slits that render the wood strip flexible.
The solid unslotted lining of a Rodriguez Guitar
Linings don't have to be slotted. Solid pieces of wood can be used in their place. Both do a wonderful job.
The End Block...
The End Block supports the book-matched back, top & sides.