Archive - May 2010

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Abalone Purfling
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Wood Binding Installation
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Fitting Wood Binding
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Binding Channel Touchup
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Wood Selection for Binding
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Gluing the Guitar Back
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Wood Brace Unit Stresses

Abalone Purfling

Abalone strips that are added to a guitar rosette, edge binding, center purfling strip or peghead, can be one of the most stunning effects you can add to a guitar. If you do it correctly and with good taste, you can add a lot of punch to a handmade guitar and it also can add[…]

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Wood Binding Installation

The wood binding on a classical or acoustic guitar not only protects the edges of the guitar from damage, it acts as a decorative element and kind of a signature by each individual luthier as a method of showing their guitar-making talents. This step by step tutorial will give you the necessary information to product professional results in the installation of your next guitar binding job.

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Fitting Wood Binding

Not only do you have to dry fit the wood binding before you glue, you have to precisely detail the binding length and end conditions and correctly trim the purfling at the end graft and heel to get a hairline joint. Dry Fit The Purfling/Binding Combination at the Heel: Prepare about 12-24 strips of 1″[…]

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Binding Channel Touchup

Tools and Materials Required: Dremel Rotary Tool Japanese Pull Saw Woodworking Chisels Needle Files Purfling Binding The Acoustic Guitar & Ukulele: Since most Acoustic Guitars are built with a separate body assembly and neck assembly that are put together toward the end of the construction process, all parts of the Acoustic Body are accessible to[…]

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Wood Selection for Binding

Wood Selection for binding is a very critical design choice for the luthier. The bindings are the signature or trademark of the builder and their correct design, appearance and installation should be perfect and an example of the luthier’s abilities.

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Gluing the Guitar Back

Several alternatives are available to you to clamp a guitar back to the sides. We will discuss them, and how to actually glue the back into place.

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Wood Brace Unit Stresses

Wood braces on a guitar top or back plate act in a similar manner to those wood beams that support the floor of your house or roof. We are just working on a much smaller scale. Proportionally though, the bracing for a guitar top plate takes much more stress than that of the home structure. Everything has to be perfectly made and installed to work properly. In addition to that, different kinds of brace wood give you different units of strength. We explore those units in this technical article on guitar brace strength.

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