Connect with us:

Archives

Category Archive for: ‘Tools’

Fret Installation Tools Image

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 …

Read More
Guitar Inlay Design C

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 …

Read More
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, …

Read More
Guitar Tuning Machine System

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 …

Read More
Veneer Resizing Tool No Button

How To Use A Veneer Thicknessing Tool To Improve Your Guitar Binding Work

I love the experience of installing the bindings and purflings on my guitars and having them perfectly and effortlessly fall into place. No stress, no pressure or forcing things, just an absolute perfect fit. Years ago I found myself wondering how to accomplish this and thankfully after many guitars and much experimenting, I eventually developed the system I currently use. …

Read More
Guitar Maker Christmas Wish List.fw

Guitar Making Tools Wish List

In case you were wondering what guitar making tools to put on your luthier list this year, I put together a list of tools I use and a few thoughts about why I like them. This is by no means an exhaustive list, and not a list of everything you need to build a guitar, it’s just a few ideas …

Read More
Web Resized 8424

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 …

Read More
Guitar truss rods

Guitar Truss Rods: Which One Is Best For Your Next Guitar?

When it comes to the stability and playability of the guitar neck, it is beneficial to spend some time thinking about the truss rod and which type is best for your application. The guitar truss rod is a critical component of any guitar. Without it, the playability of the instrument cannot be effectively controlled over time as the instrument responds …

Read More
Olson Guitars - Guitar in progress

Jim Olson Guitars – Shop Tour

A Visit To Olson Guitars My journey to visit Jim Olson of Olson Guitars began a long time ago in California at the Healdsburg Guitar festival in 2003 where I had a chance encounter with a master luthier who up until then I only knew as, “the guy who makes guitars for James Taylor”. Since James Taylor was my inspiration …

Read More

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 …

Read More
Page 1 of 212»

Pin It on Pinterest

Shares
Share This
tbguitars photo

Shave Years Off Of Your Learning Curve!

Start Building Better Guitars Now!

GET 4 FREE Video Lessons From the exclusive Luthier's EDGE Video Library & More

 Just Enter Your Email Below To Get Started!

Awesome! Your Videos Are One The Way!