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How To Fit Archtop Guitar Braces

Fitting the braces or tone bars for an archtop guitar is a critical skill to master for any luthier. The video above is a brief overview focusing on my sanding technique used in fitting the braces. Sanding is only part of my process for fitting the braces or tone bars to an archtop guitar top, so be sure to read …

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How Does A Guitar Really Work? Guitar Physics Part 1: Strings

Video Transcription The first step to being able to make the right adjustments to your guitar, to take the right measurements , to really be able to fine tune your instrument and get the most from it; starts with gaining a better understanding of how the guitar itself works. What are the basic principles of physics and other types of …

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Guitar Truss Rods: Which Type Is Best For Your Guitar?

When it comes to the stability and playability of the guitar neck, it is beneficial to spend some time thinking about the truss rod and which type is best for your application. The guitar truss rod is a critical component of any guitar. Without it, the playability of the instrument cannot be effectively controlled over time as the instrument responds …

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Jim Olson Guitars – Shop Tour

A Visit To Olson Guitars James Taylor with his Olson guitar My journey to visit Jim Olson of Olson Guitars began a long time ago in California at the Healdsburg Guitar festival in 2003 where I had a chance encounter with a master luthier who up until then I only knew as, “the guy who makes …

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Hand Carving An Archtop Guitar: Time-Lapse Video & Photo Timeline

This Time-Lapse Guitar making video shows the process I use for sculpting the back of a 17 archtop guitar from my personal collection of master grade flame maple. It is a time lapse, and It goes by pretty quick, so I put together a timeline below that you can use to see some of the steps that are going by …

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Magnetic Mapping For Floating Guitar Pickups

Getting the best amplified sound from your guitar can be tricky sometimes especially if you are unaware of some of the finer things happening under the surface regarding the magnetic field of your pickup and how it relates to the strings of your guitar. Hand Made Floating Pickups & Placement All of the pickups that I use for my archtop guitars …

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