Category: Design

#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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#69 14 Mistakes to avoid when building your first acoustic guitar

I talk about some of the mistakes that beginner luthiers make on their first acoustic guitar. #1 using woods of opportunity or reclaimed wood #2 using expensive wood #3 using highly figured wood #4 biting off more than you can

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#68 Creating a Unique Bridge Design: Part 2

I walk you through the process of designing a unique bridge shape for my new model of guitars. In this second part, I mark out the saddle location, locate the bridge in the guitar, widen the saddle slot and set

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#67 Creating a Unique Bridge Design: Part 1

I walk you through the process of designing a unique bridge shape for my new model of guitars. In this first part, I draw out the bridge shape with french curves, trace out copies of the design on a light

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#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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