Archive - February 2015

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Fret Calculator
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Neck Glue-up Tutorial
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GLS Plate Joining Jig Tutorial
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GLS Inside Form Tutorial
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Fitting the Back Plate
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Glossary of Luthier Terms
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Soundboard Preparation
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Guitar Soundboard Analysis
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Soundboard Bracing
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Go Board Tool

Fret Calculator

Fret Calculator   How to Use The Fret Calculator It is very easy to use this calculator. The scale length in decimal inches is the only thing that needs input from the user. If you know your scale in millimeters you have to convert to decimal inches. For instance the scale of 645.2mm would be[…]

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Neck Glue-up Tutorial

The simplest and most efficient way to glue-up an acoustic guitar or classical guitar neck is to use the Georgia Luthier Supply Neck Assembly Jig. Using this jig you can cut your neck blanks to size, cut the scarf joint very accurately, and glue the headpiece and the heel blocks at the same time. A[…]

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GLS Plate Joining Jig Tutorial

Rough Thickness Top & Back Plates Prior To Joining With minimal sanding to take out some light planer marks the plates should finish out about .10″ or 1/10″ (2.6mm to 2.8mm), which is just about right for a steel string acoustic guitar. For classical guitars take the plates down by a few more tenths of a[…]

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GLS Inside Form Tutorial

Some of the first and most important specialty guitar tools or forms you will need for a successful guitar or ukulele build are the Georgia Luthier Supply Inside Form and the Workboard. Every luthier should have one set of these useful tools for each instrument shape that is built. We offer an inside form and[…]

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Fitting the Back Plate

Tools and Materials Required: Wood Chisels Japanese Pull Saw Dremel 4000 Router & Router Base Inside Form Side Template Fitting the Back Plate: This article applies equally to the Acoustic Guitar as it does to Classical Guitars and Ukulele’s. Fitting the back can be a very fussy job. You have to be very precise so everything will[…]

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Glossary of Luthier Terms

The luthier profession as in any profession has its’ share of unique terms that apply or are are used as standard terminology. The list in this article is intended to give you insight to learn about these terms and exactly what they are and mean, This way you are less likely to misunderstand something that is[…]

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Soundboard Preparation

This post assumes you have purchased the tonewood for the soundboard and it arrives rough-cut (as is typical of most tonewood), and now it is up you the luthier to thin the top, and join it to prepare for additional operations. Tools and Supplies: 24″ Metal Level Roll of Self-stick 220 Grit Garnet Sandpaper Guitar Plate[…]

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Guitar Soundboard Analysis

Alright, let’s move on the the analysis of a good soundboard top. What makes a good one and how do you know what the sound will be by just looking at a plain ‘ol piece of wood? Well, looks can tell us a lot about how the guitar will sound and what qualities it will possess.[…]

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Soundboard Bracing

Bracing for the Top Plate and the Back Plate can be almost as important selection as the tonewood itself. Bracing basically has two purposes: 1. Bracing Structural Quality: First in brace functionality is to protect the top or back from deformation when pressures are placed on the plates. Pressure can be either from string tension[…]

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Go Board Tool

One of the guitar specialty tools you should have to do without. Have you ever heard of a “Go-Board“? That is the slang term for a great jig or specialized Luthier tool that will quickly and efficiently aid in gluing braces to the top and back plates. If you have ever have tried to glue top braces on[…]

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