Archive - June 2010

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Fretboard Saddle Width
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How to Make a Mustache Bridge
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Gibson Mustache Bridge
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Fretboard Nut Width
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Fretboard Wood Species Selection
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How to Install Abalone Purfling

Fretboard Saddle Width

Acoustic Guitars: Actually the title of this article is a bit deceiving. We actually do not have a width of the fretboard at the saddle. What we do have though is the width of the fretboard at the soundhole is definitely influenced by the saddle width. Now that makes more sense. With electric guitars, it[…]

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How to Make a Mustache Bridge

The bridge is not that terribly difficult to make. Here are the steps that I use to make one: Step 1: Select your wood for the bridge – preferably use the same wood species as the fretboard. Rough cut the blank to size and thickness, by following the free plans. Finish sand the top and[…]

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Gibson Mustache Bridge

  The original Gibson Mustache is quite a classic design in the Vintage Guitar collection circles. If you own a Gibson Vintage with a standard belly bridge, you may get a “B” or a “B+” collectibility rating. On some of the models, if the guitar has a Mustache Bridge originally installed, it can raise the[…]

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Fretboard Nut Width

Acoustic Guitars: The dimension of the guitar fretboard has been an item of popular discussion among both guitar pickers and luthiers alike. Guitar nut width has almost always been standardized for dreadnought 14 fret acoustic guitar at about 1-11/16″ give or take a whisker, depending on the guitar maker. Since C.F. Martin was the standard[…]

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Fretboard Wood Species Selection

Years ago (not that many actually) there were basically only 3 choices of fingerboard woods available. Those were Ebony, Rosewood and Maple. While these are still hard to dispute as the “top of the heap woods”, the market has opened up quite a bit as far as suitable woods for fretboards. Here are some of[…]

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How to Install Abalone Purfling

Tools and Materials: Duco Cement Dremel Router Dremel Binding Cutter Dremel Bit Masking Tape 25 mm or 1″ Abalone Strips Sanding Surface or File N95 Rated Respirator How to Install Abalone Purfling: Abalone purfling installation can be time consuming, if not frustrating process when installing it on an instrument, but it is sure rewarding once[…]

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