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Headstock Binding Course

The Art Of Headstock Binding

Click Here To Access The Art Of Headstock Binding The Art Of Headstock Binding Luthier Video Course Learn The Techniques I Use For My Headstock Binding “Clean and precise binding around the headstock of a guitar is something I have always loved to see. It adds an elegance to the look and feel. It also helps to unify the design …

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Guitar Headstock Back Strap Overlay

What Is Back Strapping? If you’ve been building or repairing guitars for any length of time you might already know what back strapping also know as a back strap overlay is. Just in case you haven’t heard about it yet, using a back strap overlay is a technique luthiers use to fix broken headstocks or in my case to strengthen …

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Carbon Fiber Guitar Neck Reinforcement Part 2 Design

Welcome to a new series on carbon fiber guitar neck reinforcement! Part 1 – Basics of Carbon Fiber – What it is, how it’s made, applications for luthiers, and more. Part 2  – Focused on how to design your neck reinforcement system and get the most from your carbon fiber neck bars. Part 3 – Detailed step by step tutorial where …

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Carbon Fiber Guitar Neck Reinforcement Part 1

Welcome to a new series on carbon fiber guitar neck reinforcement! Part 1 – Basics of Carbon Fiber – What it is, how it’s made, applications for luthiers, and more. Part 2  – Focused on Carbon Fiber Design how to design your neck reinforcement system and get the most from your carbon fiber neck bars. Part 3 – Detailed step by …

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How To Use A Veneer Thicknessing Tool To Improve Your Guitar Binding Work

I love the experience of installing the bindings and purflings on my guitars and having them perfectly and effortlessly fall into place. No stress, no pressure or forcing things, just an absolute perfect fit. Years ago I found myself wondering how to accomplish this and thankfully after many guitars and much experimenting, I eventually developed the system I currently use. …

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How To Make A Fanned Fret Guitar

Click Here To Access The Fanned Fret Guitar Course & More! New Video Course: How To Make A Fanned Fret Guitar My Story: The Fanned Fret Guitar Breakthrough “I started building fanned fret guitars because I liked the way they looked and thought the ergonomic benefits were great too, but I never dreamed that in the process I would stumble …

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Understanding Fanned Fret Guitars

Many luthiers contact me each month inquiring about fanned fret guitars, ranging from general questions like “what are they” to “how to make a fanned fret guitar”. There just isn’t much info out there about the topic of multi-scale or fanned fret guitars. I know for me it was a daunting process of experimenting and years of trial and error …

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French Polishing Technique And Free Videos

Welcome to the Introduction to French Polishing Part 3: Techniques and Videos. In this installment we will be looking at the basic approach I use to apply my shellac finished using the French polishing technique to my guitars. There are three special demonstration videos here to help clarify and simplify these basic concepts in order to help you grow and become …

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Part 2 Alcohol and Oils For French Polishing

Alcohol And Oils For French Polishing

Welcome to the second installment of the Introduction To French Polishing Series: Alcohol and Oils. Just in case you missed Introduction to French polishing Part 1, we covered a little history about French polishing and cleared up some common misconceptions about what French polishing is and a lot more too. Then we went on to look at the amazing material …

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Introduction To French Polishing And Shellac

If you have seen a well applied French polished shellac finish, then you may have experienced the clarity, depth, and richness that synthetic finishes can not duplicate, and more importantly the unique, woody, open sound that it brings to a guitar’s voice. But when you’re starting out, the technique of French polishing can be difficult if you don’t have the proper …

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