Category: Design

#64 How Guitar Sides Affect Tone

What is the role of the guitar’s sides in the acoustic system that is the soundbox?   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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#63 Why I like Evo Gold Fretwire

What’s the difference between EVO Gold, Nickel Silver, and stainless steel frets? I talk about the aesthetic appeal, the hardness, the longevity, and the tone of Evo Gold fretwire versus the others. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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#60 Template Duplicating Solutions Part 2 – Router Bit Options

This series looks a improving your results when duplicating patterns in the shop. This is especially important for luthiers as we use templates for headstock, bridge, guitar body, and fretboard tongue shapes. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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#55 The Story of Nick’s Guitar

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#45 Resawing Veneers and Using Bookmatching to Enhance Headplates, Rosettes and Other Appointments

In this episode of DIY Guitarmaking I mill down a board of katalox and explain how some simple planning and the use of the bookmatching technique for something other than tops and backs can really up your craftsmanship. Questions on

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#44 Katalox for Fretboards and Bridges

In this episode I investigate an alternative tonewood for fretboards and bridges: Katalox. Then I show how I pull the fretboard, the bridge and the headplate from a single board. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making

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#37 Making the Most out of the Robert O’Brien Mortise and Tenon Jig

Episode #37 is an excerpt from The Online Guitar Building School. This video isĀ about a jig that I absolutely love! The Robert O’brien Mortise and Tenon Jig (AKA Neck Angle Jig). There are alot of things about using this jig,

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#36 Roughing out the Bridge

Another free excerpt from The Online Guitar Building School. In this lesson, I make a rough bridge from a rosewood bridge blank. This includes routing the shape, tapering or contouring the wings, and drilling the bridge pin holes. Was this

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#35 Inlaying Fretboard Markers and Side Dots

Another free excerpt from The Online Guitar Building School. In this lesson, mother of pearl dots are inlaid into the fretboard face and plastic rod stock is used to make side dots. Was this useful? I would love to hear

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#30 Creating a Headstock Template

In this excerpt from the Online Course, I demonstrate a practical method for creating a headstock template, whether copying your peghead design from plans or designing your own. Creating a simple Martin style paddle shape certainly simplifies things. However, I

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