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How To Make Guitar Purfling: Part 2

Now that we’ve talked about many different options and important details regarding our wood guitar purfling in How To Make Guitar Purfling: Part 1, we’re ready to get to work and start making our own. In the tutorial I’ll be discussing these steps in detail and showing you many very important and even critical tricks and tips I use to …

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How To Make Guitar Purfling: Part 1

There are many different options when it comes to choosing the wood purflings and bindings for your next guitar design these days. But if you’re like me, you like to be able to get just the exact types of wood and even orient the grain direction just the right way for optimal shimmer and color to bring your vision to …

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The Art Of Guitar Design Online Video Course

Click Here To Access The Art Of Guitar Design Course & More! The Art Of Guitar Design: Online Video Course   Learn to design YOUR own truly unique guitars … YOUR Art The Art Of Guitar Design Online Video Course was designed to encourage, empower and inspire you to move beyond just making a kit guitar or a copy, but …

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Guitar Side Sound Ports

One of the things I absolutely love on virtually any guitar is a side sound port. In my opinion it improves the quality of the guitar’s voice for both the player and the listeners. I think the first side sound port guitars I saw were in the Scott Chinery Blue Guitar Collection in a book called: Blue Guitar. I was …

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Laser-Cut Wood Guitar Bindings Review

If you build or repair guitars then you’ve most likely heard of Stewart-MacDonald, I know I rely heavily on many of their specialized tools for luthiers to build my guitars. Stewart-MacDonald (Stew-Mac) is one of the leading resources for guitar making tools, parts, and supplies in the world. Recently I got a chance to check out the new Laser-Cut Wood …

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Acoustic Archtop Guitar Bracing – Bob Benedetto

Acoustic Archtop Guitar Bracing by Bob Benedetto Archtop Guitar Bracing Patterns Most makers and players would agree that, in general, there are two preferred bracing patterns: Parallel bracing, which results in a louder, more punchy voiced guitar, and X bracing, which may best be described as being warmer and with more balance between highs and lows. The latter usually (but …

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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 exclusive Luthier’sEDGE video shows an overview focusing on the finer points of 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 …

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How To Make Shellac With A Coffee Grinder

I was working on my guitars that are in the process of being built today and realized I needed some more shellac to use for basic sealing purposes to protect the wood while I’m gluing and things like that. Shellac is great for so many different things in addition to French Polishing. When getting shellac ready for French Polishing a …

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Guitar Linings Part 3 – Luthier’s Edge Exclusive Tutorial

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Guitar Linings Part 2 – Physics +

If you’ve read my book “The Art Of Lutherie” published by Mel Bay Music, you might recall the section in which I explained these concepts and even demonstrated some of them in the included DVD part of that set. The rim of the guitar sides is just like the rim of a drum. The stiffness at that point, density of …

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