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How to Cut A Guitar End-Graft By Hand

On most steel string or classical guitars the end-graft provides an opportunity to get creative and add some subtle details to your guitar. The design you use can be complex and very involved, or minimal and precise. Whichever style you chose will require you to cut a clean and perfect slot at the end block of your guitar where the …

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Guitar Making Tools Wish List

In case you were wondering what guitar making tools to put on your luthier list this year, I put together a list of tools I use and a few thoughts about why I like them. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and not a list of everything you need to build a guitar, it’s just a few ideas …

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Guitar Tonewood Supplier: Hibdon Hardwood

Hibdon Hardwood Last Spring I had the pleasure of visiting Hibdon Hardwoods, one of the top guitar tone wood suppliers in the US right here in my hometown of ST. Louis Missouri. I had met Bill Hibdon at the 2000 Great Midwest Guitar show and ended up visiting back then and finding  some amazing snake-wood there as well as a …

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The Art Of Lutherie Guitar Making Book & DVD

The Perfect Companion To Any Step By Step Guitar Building Guide With so many great step-by-step guitar making guides available, I decided that the best way I could help the aspiring guitar builder was to share my valuable secrets that go beyond just “step-by-step”. “The Art of Lutherie” is NOT a Step By Step or How To make guitars book, …

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Hand Scrapers For Guitar Making

The steel scraper blade is one of the most used tools in my guitar making workshop. Don’t be fooled by how simple it appears, it is actually a very intuitive tool requiring experience to master the subtleties of using it to its fullest potential. At first glance, it seems like it’s just a piece of metal, but the scraper can …

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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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