Category: Guitar Repair

Upgrading a Cheap Banjo by Replacing a Fifth String Friction Peg with a Geared Peg

The fifth string tuner on a banjo is often a cheap friction peg and can be upgraded to a geared tuner. Watch as I make this easy modification on a Harmony banjo.

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

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

In this episode, 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 gappy joinery, inconsistent binding

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#102 Easy Soundboard Split Repair

Oops, I cracked the soundboard! Watch as I show you how to make this incredibly simple super glue repair. I also talk about cleating repairs, and why and when you would consider using a cleat. Want more of this? Subscribe

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#99 Rules for a Successful Guitar Repair Business – Rule 3: Seek Mutually Beneficial Relationships

In this series of videos I give my own thoughts and opinions on running a guitar repair business; how to deal with customers, how to gain a positive reputation; how to stay productive, how to market yourself to the musician

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#97 Rules for a Successful Guitar Repair Business – Rule 2: Specialize

In this series of videos I give my own thoughts and opinions on running a guitar repair business; how to deal with customers, how to gain a positive reputation; how to stay productive, how to market yourself to the musician

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#96 Rules for a Successful Guitar Repair Business – Rule 1: Underpromise and Overdeliver

In this series of videos I give my own thoughts and opinions on running a guitar repair business; how to deal with customers, how to gain a positive reputation; how to stay productive, how to market yourself to the musician

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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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#85 Creating a Custom Bridge Clamp

I talk about making a custom fox-style bridge clamp to pin and glue an unconventional bridge design. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want to really learn more!? Take a class

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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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