Author: Eric Schaefer

Thoughts on Wood Choice for Inlay

A discussion of the considerations one should make when selecting materials for use as inlay on your guitar’s headstock or fretboard.

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Creating Space for the Truss Rod and Installing Brass Inserts on the Tenon of Guitars #56 and #57

Continuing where I left off with the Ziricote and Western Red Cedar guitar #56 and the Tiger Myrtle and Redwood guitar #57, I cut a pocket for the truss rod extension to fit in the mortise and drill holes for

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I’m Back! Where I’ve Been and a Look at Guitars #56 and #57

I’m back in the shop with some news! Also we take a look at guitars #56 and #57 and talk a little bit about some unique tuner choices for these guitars.

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Q&A – Natural Harmonics, Reverse Kerfing, and Bevelling Side Braces – Podcast Ep. 6

This is a Q&A episode where I answer questions from the Member’s Forum in the Online Guitar Building School at ericschaeferguitars.com.

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Analyzing the Guitar String – Podcast Ep. 5

I discuss all things strings: string gauges, scale lengths, hex core vs. round core, phosphor bronze, 80/20 bronze etc… String Tension Guide:https://www.daddario.com/globalassets/pdfs/accessories/tension_chart_13934.pdf Compensation Calculator:https://www.liutaiomottola.com/formulae/compensation.htm To find the “DIY Guitar Making” podcasts AND videos all in one place visit:www.diyguitarmaking.com For information

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Carving the Zebrawood Neck of Guitar #57

Finally some neck carving on this most unusual of guitars! I’m using zebrawood for the neck and the fretboard.

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Some Early Thoughts on Zebrawood as a Guitar Neck for Guitar #57

It’s cantankerous and it smells bad! There, that’s it.

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Interview with Jim Harris – Podcast Ep. 4

In this episode I have a conversation with Jim Harris of the popular woodworking youtube channel LastingBuild. Jim is a woodworker and he is getting started on his first acoustic guitar build. Check out LastingBuild at his youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9Fui0XnhXKJ8inSOfOg42A

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Fretting – Podcast Ep. 2

In this episode I cover some fret installation basics including fretboard materials, fretwire selection, hammering frets versus pressing frets, securing fret ends, dealing with chipout, and gluing in frets.

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Sourcing Wood for Guitar Builds – Podcast Ep. 3

I discuss options for sourcing acoustic guitar tonewoods from online luthier suppliers, from local hardwood suppliers, and even from the forest floor itself! (but dont’ do that…)

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