Category: Guitar Repair

#53 The Proper Way to Pull a Fret

A back to basics episode, I demonstrate how to remove a fret without getting chipout on the fretboard face, using a set of nippers and a soldering iron.   Questions on this topic or anything else related to acoustic instrument

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#52 Nut Slotting: Part 3

In these 3 episodes I delve into nut slotting. I discuss methods for such things as determining string spacing, determining nut slot depth and radius, marking string spacing, filing the slots, shaping the nut and more. This is an excerpt

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#51 Nut Slotting: Part 2

In these 3 episodes I delve into nut slotting. I discuss methods for such things as determining string spacing, determining nut slot depth and radius, marking string spacing, filing the slots, shaping the nut and more. This is an excerpt

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#49 “Knives” for Removal of Fretboards and Bridges

Well, in this case they are not really “knives.” My favorites are all kitchen spatulas modified for removing glue joints. In this episode of DIY Guitarmaking, I discuss my favorite implements for bridge and fretboard removal and for removing double

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#48 Installing Frets Over the Body: Part 3

Questions on this topic or anything else related to acoustic instrument construction? Please e-mail eric@ericschaeferguitars.com with the subject line: DIY Question And I may answer your question on a Q and A episode of DIY Guitarmaking! Want more of this?

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#47 Installing Frets Over the Body: Part 2

I demonstrate fretting techniques over the body, as opposed to fretting the fretboard prior to attaching the neck. This is the ideal way to fret the board because it allows you to radius and level the fingerboard in place, before

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#46 Installing Frets Over the Body: Part 1

I demonstrate fretting techniques over the body, as opposed to fretting the fretboard prior to attaching the neck. This is the ideal way to fret the board because it allows you to radius and level the fingerboard in place, before

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#43 Much Ado about Superglue: Part 2

Glue Delivery Strategies Being careful and meticulous, almost surgical, with the way you deliver water thin CA to the workpiece is the key to a long and happy relationship with  water thin superglue. If you aren’t careful you will create a

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#42 Much Ado about Superglue: Part 1

Superglue can be a luthier’s best friend or worst enemy. Technically called Cyanoacrylate glue, or CA, in most cases it cures with effectively no wait time. The thinnest viscosities have incredible wicking properties that allow the glue to penetrate a

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#32 Fretting a Fretboard on a Fake!

It all started simply enough with a referral from a local guitar shop for a fret job. This wasn’t even a refret, which can be more nuanced and touchy given the potential for damage to the fret slots during fret removal. This was

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