Category: Guitar Making

#83 Why are Acoustic Guitar Bodies Tapered?

I talk about the radius of the soundboard and back plate, and the body depth taper from tail block to neck block as a design feature of acoustic guitars. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips

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#82 Building a Guitar in 8 Days – A Recap of the 2018 Workshops

A recap of all the 2018 Acoustic Guitar Building Workshops at Eric Schaefer Guitars! Building a Guitar in 8 Days – A Recap of the 2018 Workshops from Eric Schaefer on Vimeo. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly

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#78 Three Hacks to Improve the Flow in a Luthier’s Workshop

This episode is about improving comfort and efficiency in your guitar building workshop. I share 3 “hacks” that I’ve used to alter my environment for a better flow. 1. Radius dish workstation 2. A go-bar deck that goes 3. Workbench

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#76 Guitarmaking Q&A for October 2018

Today’s topics include: bending florentine cutaways, sourcing guitar plans, creating headstock inlays, deciding the dimensions of a mortise and tenon, installing fretboard inlays on a finished guitar, radiusing fretwire, and radiusing the soundbox. Want more of this? Subscribe below for

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#75 Side Bending Machine Basics Part 3

In this series, I talk about bending guitar sides with a side bending machine as opposed to bending by hand around a hot pipe. I talk about the pros, the cons, and the practical tips on bending wood. And I

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#74 Side Bending Machine Basics Part 2 – Essential Items

In this series, I talk about bending guitar sides with a side bending machine as opposed to bending by hand around a hot pipe. I talk about the pros, the cons, and the practical tips on bending wood. And I

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#73 Side Bending Machine Basics Part 1 – Building Forms

In this series, I talk about bending guitar sides with a side bending machine as opposed to bending by hand around a hot pipe. I talk about the pros, the cons, and the practical tips on bending wood. And I

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#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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#70 How a Truss Rod Actually Works

See what a truss rod actually does when you turn it clockwise and counter clockwise! I talk about single action and double action truss rods and I show how the truss rod functions inside your guitar’s neck, whether the adjustment

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