Category: Guitar Making

#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. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from

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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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#98 Neck Carving at the August 2019 Guitar Building Workshop

An inside look at the August guitar building workshop. Watch in epic fast motion video as students, Neil and Bernhord carve their necks with chisels, rasps, planes etc. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from

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

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#94 Bending Figured or Difficult Woods with Inconsistent Grain

I talk about and demonstrate techniques for bending woods with a heavy figure or difficult woods with an inconsistent or unpredictable grain orientation. I use the 5 troubleshooting factors: Thickness, Moisture, Heat, Pressure and Grain Orientation to show how I

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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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#90 Stationary Equipment for Guitar Building

One man’s opinion on the necessary stationary power equipment for lutherie. I discuss “the big 3:” Bandsaws, planers/drum sanders, and router table setups. I also discuss ‘less necessary but still great to have’ tools like the spindle sander. Pat Hawley

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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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