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How to Choose the Best Wood Rasp for Guitar Making

How to Choose the Best Wood Rasp for Guitar Making

What is the best wood rasp for guitar making? Well, if you've watched the video above or the one over on our Art Of Lutherie YouTube Channel, you already know what my favorite rasp for guitar making is. But, you might also know that is a very personal choice. If...

Why I Switched To French Polishing My Guitars

Why I Switched To French Polishing My Guitars

Does a French polished guitar sound better than a guitar finished with synthetic guitar finishes? And for that matter, does any finish really make that big of a difference to the sound of a guitar? Which guitar finish should you use for your guitars? I have to say...

Better Guitar Headstock Binding Channels

Better Guitar Headstock Binding Channels

Flawless headstock binding starts with flawless binding channels. This video shows you the simple tips for creating consistently perfect headstock binding channels I use when making my guitars. It specifically addresses one of the most challenging parts of cutting...

What Is A Guitar BackStrap Overlay

What Is A Guitar BackStrap Overlay

What Is A Guitar Backstrap? If you’ve been building or repairing guitars for any time, you might already know what backstrapping, also known as a backstrap overlay, is. Just in case you haven’t heard about it yet, implementing a backstrap overlay is a technique...

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...

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