I break down some estimated costs for tools, jigs, parts and materials to get started in acoustic guitar making. I also talk about the cost of education in lutherie.
How to get started in Lutherie! I discuss things like having basic tool skills, learning to sharpen, whether or not you should build from a kit or from scratch, and whether or not you should specialize in acoustic guitars or…
So, an interesting thing happened… The Korean division of the VOA (Voice of America) have a reality TV program called Across & Around America. It is a travel magazine series presenting a window on life in America by visiting 50…
Can you use Teak as an instrument wood? Standard angle or alternate angles for jackplanes? How does Katalox compare to Rosewood for guitar necks?
In this episode, I take a critical look at the worst guitar I ever built. I point out flaws and discuss strategies for improving and avoiding some of the common mistakes that luthiers make. Mistakes include gappy joinery, inconsistent binding…
I reveal my figured Redwood and Tiger Myrtle soundbox and talk about some relevant issues I’ll have to deal with to make the best out of this guitar.
For Guitar #56, the soundbox has been closed and it is ready for binding! I talk about the layout for this extremely unique set of ziricote back and sides.
For Guitar #57 I prep a figured, and potentially difficult, set of sides for bending. I explain why the layout is very important.
How to use “spacer” blocks to reference the braces positions prior to gluing and clamping in place.
I install a modified x-bracing pattern adapted for my ES2.OMC.2019 model instruments on guitar #56. Then I adjust the voicing through various means, eventually taptuning the top.