Category: Guitar Making

Cutting the Binding Channels on Guitar #57

I rout out the binding ledge for curly maple binding strips using a binding tower system, and I talk about the importance of minding grain direction among other things.

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Making a Simple End Graft for Guitar #56

I create and install a decorative end seam inlay for guitar #56

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Flattening the Sides to Prep for Binding on Guitar #57

Cutting square binding channels really comes down to good binding prep, that is, making the sides meticulously flat and square prior to commiting your guitar to the router. I provide some tips for flattening the sides effectively as I prepare

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Making the End Wedge on Guitar #57

I create and inlay a decorative endwedge to cover the end seam out of Tiger Myrtle burl and flamed Maple binding strips.

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Prepping Lumber for Guitar Neck Blanks

I fashion a bundle of guitar neck blanks from billets of Honduran Mahogany using the jointer, table saw and planar to make them perfectly flat, square and consistent.

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

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#118 Q&A – Backstrip Woods, Headplate Thickness, and Butt Joints

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Mario’s Guitar Speaks for the First Time

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Cost of Getting Started in Lutherie

I break down some estimated costs for tools, jigs, parts and materials to get started in acoustic guitar making. I also talk about the cost of education in lutherie.

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#117 Getting Started as a Guitar Maker

How to get started in Lutherie! I discuss things like having basic tool skills, learning to sharpen, whether or not you should build from a kit or from scratch, and whether or not you should specialize in acoustic guitars or

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