Category: Finishing

Guitar #85 | Full Build with Commentary | Part 6

The sixth part in a series detailing the construction of a Triple-O guitar, with educational commentary from the builder. This one was built with Redwood for the top, Ziricote for the back and sides, and Port Orford Cedar for the

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Shop Rounds | New Parlor Guitar Project, Setting up a Finishing Room, Dental Scrapers for Lutherie

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I talk about what is coming next after Guitar #85. We take a look at my finishing room that I am setting up for efficiently working on my hand rubbed finishes. Lastly, my

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Guitar #85 Speaks! plus a Finish Prep Demonstration and Q&A

I tune up and play guitar #85 for the first time! Then we strip it down and begin the process of finish prep by steaming out dents, filling gaps, and fixing blemishes. 🔴 Register for an 8 day Hands-On Guitar

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Shop Rounds | Mylar Pickguards, Endpins, Brace Chisels, Finishing Cloth

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I cover clear pickguards for fingerstyle guitars, installing endpins, Two Cherries Brace Carving Chisels, and how to remove sizing from new finish rags. 🔴 Register for an 8 day Hands-On Guitar Building Workshop

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Installing Frets on Guitars #56 and #57

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I shape and level the fretboard radius with a radius beam, add fallaway to the fretboard tongue, glue the MOP fret marker dots, prep the fret slots, hammer and glue the frets, and

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Shop Rounds | Tru Oil, 000 Guitar Design, Tuner Counterboring, Shop Filtration

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, I talk about the use and application of Tru Oil as a guitar finish, my new short scale 000 design, a new set of bits for counterboring the tuner washers, and the Axiom

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Q&A – Buffing Tru Oil, the 14th fret hump, and the best woods for side bending

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Q&A – Teak tonewood, Jackplane Angles and Katalox necks

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making: Can you use Teak as an instrument wood? Standard angle or alternate angles for jackplanes? How does Katalox compare to Rosewood for guitar necks?

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Making Mistakes as a Guitar Builder: A Critical Look at my Worst Guitar

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, 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

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Keeping a Luthier’s Notebook

In this episode of DIY Guitar Making, 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

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