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Luthier’s EDGE Meet The Member: James Orr

Luthier’s EDGE Meet The Member: James Orr When did you start building guitars and why? When I was in 10th grade I was playing guitar in jazz band, and the music store I went to for private lessons hosted clinics for Taylor Guitars all the time. I remember going to see Pat Kirtley, Doyle Dykes, etc. That was back in …

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Best Way To Install Frets: Guitar Fret Press VS Fret Hammer

When it comes to installing frets each luthier has his or her own preferences on methods and tools to use. However, If you haven’t built your first guitar yet the conflicting information from various sources can be very confusing. It doesn’t have to be complicated though, and in this article, my goal is to look at two of the main …

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Glue For Guitars

What Is The Best Glue For Guitar Building? (Luthier Glue Guide)

Maybe you never really thought about it much or just used whatever adhesive was recommended in your instructional lutherie book or course, which is a great place to start – I know I started out that way. But as I grew as a luthier and gained experience, I began to discover a secret that helped me improve and refine my …

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Making Master Guitars: An Awesome Book Every Luthier Needs!

One thing that I believe is important to keep in mind as I build my guitars each day is that I am only able to do the work I do because of the men and women who came before me. Those skilled craftspeople who were brave enough and generous enough to share their hard-won wisdom with the rest of us, …

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Get Better Tuning Stability & Sustain: Optimizing Guitar Tuning Machines

I find that many times the act of refining the smallest details of my guitar can yield big improvements in design. A mistake that is easy to make as a luthier is to feel like the path to improving your guitar consists of some monumental task like a total redesign of your bracing, a new body shape, or a radical …

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The Guild Of American Lutherie: Meet The Maker Tom Bills

This morning I had an amazing experience as I sat quietly drinking a coffee and reading the latest issue of the Guild Of American Lutherie magazine. Sitting here today in my workshop at the same bench I had when I first joined the GAL (Guild Of American Lutherie) back in 1998, I couldn’t help but reflect on all the years …

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5 keys to Headstock Binding

5 Awesome Tricks For More Precise Guitar Headstock Binding

Basics Of Headstock Binding If done properly, adding wood binding and purfling to the headstock of your guitar can add a wonderful touch of elegance and refinement to your design. Additionally, I feel a bound headstock helps to tie the design of the neck/headstock portion of the guitar together visually with the body since they are both bound in similar …

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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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