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Guitar Inlay Video Course (Learn To Do Better Inlay)

Click Here To Access The Guitar Inlay Course Guitar Inlay Video Course – FREE for Luthier’s EDGE Members Want To Take A Shortcut To Learning Guitar Inlay? “I still remember what it was like to attempt an inlay on my first guitar. I had no one to help me figure it out or show me what to do, and it …

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KISS Your Guitar Inlay (The Secret To Better Inlay Design)

When it comes to designing guitar inlay and guitar design in general for that matter, I naturally gravitate toward a less-is-more approach, and even more so the older I get and the more guitars I build. I wasn’t always that way though, and I still occasionally get carried away with something and get things overly complex. Guitar maker types like …

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Making Master Guitars Book

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 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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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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