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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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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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Guitar Tonewood Supplier: Hibdon Hardwood

Hibdon Hardwood Last Spring I had the pleasure of visiting Hibdon Hardwoods, one of the top guitar tone wood suppliers in the US right here in my hometown of ST. Louis Missouri. I had met Bill Hibdon at the 2000 Great Midwest Guitar show and ended up visiting back then and finding  some amazing snake-wood there as well as a …

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Hand Carving An Archtop Guitar: Time-Lapse Video & Photo Timeline

This Time-Lapse Guitar making video shows the process I use for sculpting the back of a 17 archtop guitar from my personal collection of master grade flame maple. It is a time lapse, and It goes by pretty quick, so I put together a timeline below that you can use to see some of the steps that are going by …

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Luthier Wall Chart

Introducing a new resource for luthiers, designed to help you gain a deeper understanding of how the guitar functions acoustically. My new Luthier Wall Chart, created in partnership with Mel Bay Music, is a wonderful addition to any guitar workshop for easy reference when building your guitars. There are many different manuals to show you step by step how to …

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Monteleone Guitars Field Trip

An important part of being an artist is never loosing ones childlike curiosity and teachable spirit. Every artist must remember that there is always more to learn and more room for growth.  Being mindful of this aspect of art is what keeps me moving forward and always inspired to push through to the next level. This is also one of …

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Hand Split Tone Bars

One of the core aspects of the art of lutherie is understanding wood on its most basic levels. Everything from the cell structure to grain spacing, grain orientations, growth patterns, density, and more, are on my mind as I look at a potential piece of wood for a component of a guitar that I’m working on. Some of the most …

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