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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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Art Of Guitar Design

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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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 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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Tutorial on installing guitar purfling

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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