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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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#78 Three Hacks to Improve the Flow in a Luthier’s Workshop

This episode is about improving comfort and efficiency in your guitar building workshop. I share 3 “hacks” that I’ve used to alter my environment for a better flow. 1. Radius dish workstation 2. A go-bar deck that goes 3. Workbench

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#77 Why tonewoods do not impact tone on electric guitars

That’s right. The concept of tonewoods as applied to solidbody electric guitars is a myth. I explain how the original concept of tonewoods as applied to acoustic guitars is taken out of context and used to infer that the choice

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#76 Guitarmaking Q&A for October 2018

Today’s topics include: bending florentine cutaways, sourcing guitar plans, creating headstock inlays, deciding the dimensions of a mortise and tenon, installing fretboard inlays on a finished guitar, radiusing fretwire, and radiusing the soundbox. Want more of this? Subscribe below for

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#75 Side Bending Machine Basics Part 3

In this series, I talk about bending guitar sides with a side bending machine as opposed to bending by hand around a hot pipe. I talk about the pros, the cons, and the practical tips on bending wood. And I

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#74 Side Bending Machine Basics Part 2 – Essential Items

In this series, I talk about bending guitar sides with a side bending machine as opposed to bending by hand around a hot pipe. I talk about the pros, the cons, and the practical tips on bending wood. And I

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#73 Side Bending Machine Basics Part 1 – Building Forms

In this series, I talk about bending guitar sides with a side bending machine as opposed to bending by hand around a hot pipe. I talk about the pros, the cons, and the practical tips on bending wood. And I

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#72 Sapele vs Mahogany: A Comprehensive Review

I use a lot of Sapele here in the shop! I talk about my experiences and those of my students with using Sapele including how it bends, how it carves, the aesthetics, and it’s mechanical properties. Want more of this?

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#71 Guitarmaking Q&A for August 3rd, 2018

Today’s topics include: carbon fiber inserts and truss rods, intonation and compensation, hiding fractures and splits in the plates, building your own thickness sander and more… Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking

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