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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 2

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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Guitar Linings Part 11

Guitar Linings Part 1 – Styles

Guitar linings used to strengthen the glue joint between the top or back plates and the sides of the guitar; sometimes referred to as “kerfing”, are a very important component of any acoustic guitar. At first glance these elements of the design don’t seem all that important, I mean after all, they are inside the guitar and most people don’t …

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Precision Guitar Purfling Techniques Part 2

In part 1 of Precision Guitar Purfling Techniques, we looked at how a few simple tricks can help your decorative guitar purfling can be installed a bit easier and with cleaner and tighter miter joints. Here in Part 2 we will look at how these some of the same techniques can be applied to fitting those tricky side purfling areas of …

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Precision Guitar Purfling Techniques Part 1

Installing your guitar purfling neatly and precisely in the bindings of your guitar is very important and can have a big impact on the perceived value of your work. One of the ways that many people will judge the workmanship and quality of your guitar is by closely inspecting your binding work. They want to see how clean and tight …

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I’m Not A Guitar Maker, I Just Make Guitars

I don’t know about you, but in order to be fully connected with my work and fully invested emotionally in it, I have to be clear on what I’m actually doing. What is the point of it all, why is it important? When I sort through all the different layers and levels to get down to the core of what …

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How Does A Guitar Work? Guitar Physics Part 2: Bridge & Top

In How Does A Guitar Work? Part 1 we looked into what is going on with the guitar string when it is set in motion, and the kind of information and vibration that is present within it. Now we’re ready to move on to the next step which is the point at which the string energy gets converted into a …

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Endgraft

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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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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