Author: Eric Schaefer

#94 Bending Figured or Difficult Woods with Inconsistent Grain

I talk about and demonstrate techniques for bending woods with a heavy figure or difficult woods with an inconsistent or unpredictable grain orientation. I use the 5 troubleshooting factors: Thickness, Moisture, Heat, Pressure and Grain Orientation to show how I

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#93 The Backstrip: It’s Function and Material Considerations

I talk about the role of the backstrip in reinforcing the centerseam of the back plate on an acoustic guitar. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want to really learn more!?

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#92 Keeping a Luthier’s Notebook

A quick-tip on maintaining a notebook to improve your build process, and keep your guitar building shop rolling efficiently! Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want to really learn more!? Take

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#91 How Thin should Guitar Sides be?

I discuss the range of appropriate thickness for bending guitar sides. I also talk about the thickness of figured woods and bending a cutaway. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want

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#90 Stationary Equipment for Guitar Building

One man’s opinion on the necessary stationary power equipment for lutherie. I discuss “the big 3:” Bandsaws, planers/drum sanders, and router table setups. I also discuss ‘less necessary but still great to have’ tools like the spindle sander. Pat Hawley

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#89 The Somogyi Style Guitar Heel

For the prototype of my new Orchestra Model Cutaway, I incorporated a Somogyi style heel for the neck. I talk about the player’s feel of the Somogyi heel, the aesthetics, and the practical considerations when implementing this type of design

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#88 Your First Acoustic Guitar Build – How long will it take to finish?

Some practical thoughts on estimating how many hours, days, months or years it will take you to build an acoustic guitar for the first time. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking  

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#87 More on the Electric Guitar Tonewood Debate

Just to beat a dead horse, I talk a little more about the tonewood hoax surrounding electric guitars; particularly about how magnetic pickups work. Click this link to view the original video: #77 Why tonewoods do not impact tone on

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#86 Workshop Tour 2019

It’s just that! I give a tour of the shop where I build flattop acoustic guitars and where the Hands-On Guitar Building School workshops are held.     Here are the links mentioned in the video: Install a “Workbench Light-box”

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#85 Creating a Custom Bridge Clamp

I talk about making a custom fox-style bridge clamp to pin and glue an unconventional bridge design. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want to really learn more!? Take a class

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