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Eric is the Owner, Manager, and Master Luthier at Eric Schaefer Guitars, a Lutherie School and stringed instrument repair shop that specializes in fine acoustic flattop guitars. We offer an 7 day Hands On courses in Reading, Pennsylvania and an Online Guitar Building courses as well. In our 7 day course, you will build your very own flattop acoustic guitar out of exotic tonewoods, from start to finish! The course is taught with only 2 students under the direct supervision of Master Luthier Eric Schaefer, so you can expect individualized attention on your guitar. All parts and materials are included. No experience necessary. At the end of the week you will have your own handcrafted guitar, the skills to build more guitars, and a deep sense of pride in your work. Check out www.ericschaeferguitars.com for information on courses, repairs and guitars.

October 29, 2018

#1 Jointing and Joining the Plates

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Jointing the center seam of the soundboard is often the very first thing I like to do when I receive parts from a tonewood supplier. There is no better way to get acquainted with your soundboard-to-be than taking thin, wispy shavings off of it with a handplane. Here I am
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November 2, 2018

#5 Radial Rosettes: Building the Radial Rosette Maker

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Also see: Radial Rosettes: Making a Basic Pattern Whether following plans from a kit or building from scratch, the rosette is an opportunity for the luthier to be creative and flaunt their artistic skills. A rosette pattern designed with artistic discernment and then executed with the utmost precision is the envy of instrument
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November 2, 2018

Radial Rosettes: Making a Basic Pattern

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*Note: The jig used in this tutorial can be constructed using the plans provided at this link: Radial Rosettes: Building the Radial Rosette Maker. I cut my scrap material (In this case, Zebrawood) into 2″ strips. I prefer the material to be approximately 1/8″ in thickness, give or take 1/32″. This
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November 2, 2018

Installing the Rosette

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Measure out and mark the center of the soundhole on the soundboard. I do this by tracing the outline of the form on the soundboard and measuring (in this case, 149 mm) from the top of the outline down the glue joint of the bookmatched pair. The jig on the left
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