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Learn How To Make A Guitar Backstrap

With This Highly Detailed Step-By-Step Online Video Course

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Tools, Materials, & Design

In this section, Tom guides you through the key principles, tools, materials, and adhesives used in this course. Critical measurements and design elements are examined and explained to ensure a beautiful and functional backstrap. (5 videos)

Thicknessing & Bending

This section will focus on the thicknessing and preparation of the backstrap veneers and the guitar headstock. Tom will demonstrate each step of preparing and bending the delicate wood veneers as well as the steps and underlying concepts for shaping and thicknessing the headstock to receive the backstrap in a way that will optimize it for strength, beauty, and consistency. (10 Videos)

Clamping Cauls, Prep & Gluing

In this section, Tom shows his methods to help you properly prepare for the gluing process, from clamping caul design to each step of the glue application and clamping. This system is designed to help you identify and avoid any unforeseen issues before the glue is applied to ensure the best possible results with minimal stress. (5 Videos)

Trimming The Headstock

In this section, Tom discusses methods, options, and techniques for trimming the headstock and shares his final thoughts on the process of successfully adding a backstrap to your guitars. (3 Videos)

This online video course is designed to help you build a stunning backstrap on your next guitar and to clarify and simplify the process while simultaneously revealing the underlying concepts and key points in an easy-to-understand way. You will be guided through each step of the process from tools and materials, design and layout, thicknessing the headstock, bending veneers, and even some tips for the final trimming of the headstock. No detail is left out.
23 Videos (5hrs 8min)

The Art Of The Guitar Backstrap Video Course

Is Included With A Luthier’s EDGE Membership

Acoustic Guitar Backstrap
Acoustic Guitar Backstrap
Acoustic Guitar Backstrap

Just wanted to give you a thumbs up for your last course about the backstrap! Great stuff – and fancy motion graphics, cool 🙂 You did a great job of really going into all the details and covering basic work principles along the way. I am always impressed by the level of thoroughness in your work and teaching and in the concept of leaving enough safety margins in all critical areas to be able to recover from mistakes. Especially the latter I find very valuable and it has definitely helped me a lot already. Thanks again and keep them coming! 🙂 Cheers

Florian C.

Vienna, Austria

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Make Your Next Guitar Stronger AND More Beautiful

By Mastering The Art Of The Guitar Backstrap

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