Category: Design

#106 Introducing the Radial Rosette Maker jig

After 6 years of iterating on the design of this jig, I am proud to say that the Radial Rosette Maker is now available! The Radial Rosette Maker is an all-in-one rosette workstation that facilitates the design and creation of

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#101 Making an Offset, Radial Rosette

I create some offset radial rosettes for my ES2.OMC model Guitars and share the process of cutting and installing radial sections, routing the pocket and installing the rosette. To purchase the jig used in this video visit: https://www.ericschaeferguitars.com/the-radial-rosette-maker-kit/ Want more

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#100 5 Reasons NOT to use Figured Wood for a Soundboard

Yay! Episode 100 and many more to come! What a landmark! For epic episode number 100 I talk about the compromises and considerations when using figured or flamed woods for a guitar soundboard, and how this decision affects the stability,

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#95 Improving your Guitar Building Process by Doing Things the Hard Way

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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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#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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