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French Polish – Shellac, Alcohol, Oils & Technique

French Polish – Shellac, Alcohol, Oils & Technique

If you have seen a well-applied French polish shellac finish, then you may have experienced the clarity, depth and richness that synthetic finishes cannot duplicate, and more importantly, the unique, woody, open sound that it brings to a guitar’s voice. But when...

Card Scrapers – Types, Uses, And How To Sharpen

Card Scrapers – Types, Uses, And How To Sharpen

A card scraper (also known as a scraper blade, hand scraper, or cabinet scraper) can be one of the most-used luthier tools in the workshop. Don’t be fooled by how simple this wood-scraping tool appears; it is actually a very intuitive tool requiring experience to...

3 Tips For Better Guitar Binding (With Less Stress)

3 Tips For Better Guitar Binding (With Less Stress)

3 Tips For Better Guitar BindingLess Stress & Better ResultsBack when I first started building guitars, the process of gluing the binding onto the guitar body and making sure it was perfect was filled with dread, and stress, and drama. And I wasn’t always confident it...

Guitar Truss Rods – Types, Installation, & How To Adjust

Guitar Truss Rods – Types, Installation, & How To Adjust

The guitar truss rod is one of the most important parts of any acoustic or electric guitar because it enables us to adjust the guitar neck accurately for comfortable playing and long-term stability. Not all truss rods are created equally, though, and having the right...

Guitar Fret Wire – The Ultimate Luthier’s Guide

Guitar Fret Wire – The Ultimate Luthier’s Guide

Choosing the right fret wire for your guitar can be confusing and even overwhelming. I created this guide to help you choose the best frets for your next guitar-building or re-fret project. In this ultimate luthier's guide to fret wire, I’ll be sharing my personal...

Should You Seal The Inside Of Your Guitar?

Should You Seal The Inside Of Your Guitar?

Subscribe to the official Art Of Lutherie YouTube channel: Should You Seal The Inside Of Your Guitar?What Works For Me & Why It's So ImportantShould you seal the inside of your guitar?  If you do seal it, what kind of sealer should you use and how should you apply it?...

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