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  • Making an Offset, Radial Rosette
    Making an Offset, Radial Rosette
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    Making an Offset, Radial Rosette I create some offset radial rosettes for my ES2.OMC model Guitars and share the process of cutting and installing radial sections, routing the pocket and installing the rosette. Want more of this? Subscribe below for Weekly Guitar Making Tips from DIY Guitarmaking   Want to really learn more!? Take [...]

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  • 5 Reasons NOT to use Figured Wood for a Soundboard
    5 Reasons NOT to use Figured Wood for a Soundboard
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    5 Reasons NOT to use Figured Wood for a Soundboard Yay! Episode 100 and many more to come! What a landmark! For epic episode number 100 I talk about the compromises and considerations when using figured or flamed woods for a guitar soundboard, and how this decision affects the stability, workability, and tone. Want [...]

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  • Building a Steel String Acoustic Guitar: An Overview
    Building a Steel String Acoustic Guitar: An Overview
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    Building a Steel String Acoustic Guitar: An Overview *This is an inside look at The May 2015 Acoustic Guitar Workshop at Eric Schaefer Guitars. The class is an 8 day intensive course in Guitar Making with a maximum of only 2 students to a class. For more information on the courses go to Guitar Making Classes. In [...]

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  • Acoustic Guitar Design: Fretboard Woods
    Acoustic Guitar Design: Fretboard Woods
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    Acoustic Guitar Design: Fretboard Woods In part I of “Acoustic Guitar Design: An Insight into the Choices Made by Luthiers” I discussed body dimensions, scale length, string spacing, fretboard radius, neck profiles, fretwire size, wood selection and bracing. It was a very superficial glimpse into a number of complex topics. So much so that it is worthy [...]

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  • Acoustic Guitar Design: An Insight into the Choices made by Luthiers
    Acoustic Guitar Design: An Insight into the Choices made by Luthiers
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    Acoustic Guitar Design: An Insight into the Choices made by Luthiers This article is intended as a basic primer into some of the acoustic, structural and aesthetic choices one must make when constructing a steel string acoustic guitar. The following includes notes on body dimensions, scale length, string spacing, fretboard radius, neck profiles, fretwire size, wood selection [...]

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  • Install a “Workbench Light-box”
    Install a “Workbench Light-box”
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    Install a “Workbench Light-box” Functionally, A lightbox is nothing more than a translucent, backlit work surface. Ordinarily this takes the form of a wooden box which houses a light source and has one face of clear Plexiglas or acrylic. This box can be pulled out when needed and stowed away for later use. Installing a backlight directly into your regular [...]

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  • Using Magnets to Repair Side Splits
    Using Magnets to Repair Side Splits
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    Using Magnets to Repair Side Splits This Martin 000-15 came into my shop with a long split in the sides on the treble side. The owner told me that the guitar was never dropped or bumped into anything. It never experienced any kind of trauma to cause the split. Furthermore, the guitar had been repaired [...]

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  • Clamps: How many is too many?
    Clamps: How many is too many?
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    Clamps: How many is too many?   Spoiler alert. The correct answer is… You can never have too many! This is no longer a statement of opinion, but rather a statement of fact, as evidenced by this trucker hat: If a trucker hat says it, it must be true!   It is safe to say [...]

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  • The Backstrip: It’s Function and Material Considerations
    The Backstrip: It’s Function and Material Considerations
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    I talk about the role of the backstrip in reinforcing the centerseam of the back plate on an acoustic guitar.

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  • The End Wedge
    The End Wedge
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    A decorative end wedge hides the seam between the sides at the lower bout. This video excerpt from the Online Guitar Building School goes into detail about design considerations and the process for creating a clean and attractive end wedge.

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  • When A Bridge Removal Goes Bad!
    When A Bridge Removal Goes Bad!
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    My Canadian friend brought me a Norman guitar with a lifting bridge, a belly bulge, and long run-out splits in the soundboard beginning just forward of the belly bulge. These are all symptoms of the same problem: too much tension at the bridge.

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  • My 15 Best Practices for Productivity as an Independent Craftsman
    My 15 Best Practices for Productivity as an Independent Craftsman
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    My 15 Best Practices for Productivity as an Independent Craftsman Minimizing distractions and being productive is something everyone struggles with. Just because I’ve written this article, that doesn’t mean that I’ve mastered productivity. Far from it. It is a daily struggle. Anyone who is honest will likely tell you the same thing. My goal [...]

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