Archive - July 2010

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Cutting Fret Channels
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Fitting The Acoustic Guitar Neck
3
Fixed Neck Reinforcement – Installation
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Fixed Neck Reinforcement
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Adjustable Truss Rod – Installation
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Adjustable Truss Rod – Neck Preparation
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GLS Fretboard Radius Jig
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Fretboard Thickness
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Guitar Scale Length

Cutting Fret Channels

Learn how to properly cut the fret channels for fretted instruments. The most precise way of cutting these channels is by the use of a fret channel cutting template and jig. We have plans available for you to make your own precise fret channel cutting jig with removable templates for different scales.

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Fitting The Acoustic Guitar Neck

The care and precision in fitting the acoustic guitar neck to the body cannot be overstated. This is one of the most critical operations you can make in building your guitar. This step controls your guitar action (couples with other steps) and going wrong with the neck angle will give you problems throughout the remainder of the building process.

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Fixed Neck Reinforcement – Installation

If you want the greatest strength with a fixed reinforcement method in your acoustic guitar neck and don’t want the hassle of the adjustable truss rod, follow these useful steps to install a high strength to weight ratio T6 Structural Aluminum bar in your guitar neck. We give you all the details you will need to make a perfect installation and a long lasting, trouble-free guitar neck.

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Fixed Neck Reinforcement

Placement of a fixed reinforcement bar in a guitar neck can have many rewarding qualities, but in doing so you need to take certain precautions to give you the strongest possible installation to resist the constant tension that is placed on the neck by the guitar strings. We will guide you through these steps and give you the pros and cons of installing a fixed reinforcement bar in your acoustic guitar neck.

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Adjustable Truss Rod – Installation

Materials and Tools: Hod Rod Adjustable Truss Rod with 4 mm hex nut (Available from Steward MacDonald) Table Saw: -or- Router Set The Truss Rod: Although the truss rod itself has a PVC cushion to prevent rattling, we need to address rattling issues at the nut end of the truss rod. To eliminate rattling problems[…]

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Adjustable Truss Rod – Neck Preparation

Materials and Tools: Hod Rod Adjustable Truss Rod with 4 mm hex nut (Available from Steward MacDonald) Table Saw: -or- Router Purchase A¬†Adjustable Truss Rod: I have settled in on using the Hot Rod Anchor-less Neck Adjusting System that is available from StewMac. This is a two-way adjustment rod so you can correct both up[…]

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GLS Fretboard Radius Jig

When we talk about a radius on the guitar fretboard, it pertains only to the electric guitar or acoustic guitar fretboards. Classical Guitar fretboards are almost always flat or have a bit of a taper at the bass end of the fretboard to minimize buzzing from the upper registers of the bass strings. Why Use[…]

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Fretboard Thickness

Believe it or not the thickness of the fretboard has quite some significance. This is typical for several different and various reasons. Classical Guitar Fretboard Thickness: For the Classical Guitar the fret board thickness aids in the strength of the neck and when used in combination with center ebony reinforcement lamination in the neck construction[…]

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Guitar Scale Length

The actual length of the scale is the measured length between the backside of the nut (or from the center of the zero fret, (if there is one installed) to the center of the saddle midway between the 3rd and 4th strings. The scale length of the guitar is one subject that can be very[…]

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