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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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#84 A Better Neck Carving Fixture

I talk about the neck carving jig that I use, and the reasons why I think it is a better way to shape and contour a guitar neck. I also show you how to build this simple jig. Want more

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#83 Why are Acoustic Guitar Bodies Tapered?

I talk about the radius of the soundboard and back plate, and the body depth taper from tail block to neck block as a design feature of acoustic guitars. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips

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#82 Building a Guitar in 8 Days – A Recap of the 2018 Workshops

A recap of all the 2018 Acoustic Guitar Building Workshops at Eric Schaefer Guitars! Building a Guitar in 8 Days – A Recap of the 2018 Workshops from Eric Schaefer on Vimeo. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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#81 CITES II Updates – What to Expect for Luthiers and Traveling Musicians

I discuss the potential of CITES II updates for 2019 and specifically appendix II rosewood and how these changes affect luthiers and traveling musicians. I also give a nice little rant about rosewood obsession at the end. Want more of

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#80 CITES Guide for Luthiers and Traveling Musicians

All Rosewood is under Appendix II protection of CITES. What is CITES? How does it affect us as luthiers, instrument dealers, and traveling musicians? I answer all this and more in this informal guide. Disclaimer: This is not an official

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#79 Six tools I recommend for 2019

I discuss a selection of tools that have been a very welcome addition to my shop. These tools are not the “necessary” tools of luthiers, but rather, tools that make guitar building more efficient, more precise, or just plain fun.

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