Archive - February 2015

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Plate Jointing Jig
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Rosette Selection
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Scalloped Bracing
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Gluing the Tail Block
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Bracing the Soundboard
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Surface Sanders Part 2
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Shaping the Guitar Sides
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Guitar Inside Form
9
Ultimate Guitar Building
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Guitar Side Reinforcement

Plate Jointing Jig

The Plate Jointing Jig is a relatively simple jig to make, but it is also a very necessary one. Essential in the construction of this jig are the cams and how they are fastened to the base board. At Georgia Luthier Supply, we offer this tool in two different versions. The Guitar Plate Joint Jig will[…]

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Rosette Selection

The usage of Rosettes was first utilized  in classical guitar construction,  and it was about the only ornamentation used in classical guitar. This is a carry over from Antonio de Torres, when he made drastic strides to develop the modern classical guitar as we now know it . Classical Guitar Rosettes: Classical guitar rosettes are quite[…]

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Scalloped Bracing

If you have been around the acoustic guitar community for very long you have no doubt heard of scalloped bracing. Brace scalloping is usually a topic of lively discussion between luthiers. Some swear by it and some swear at it. Personally I fee that it lends itself to producing a fine-sounding instrument. Brace Scalloping –[…]

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Gluing the Tail Block

Making and fitting the tail block correctly is essential for all acoustic instruments. The tail block is key for holding the edges of the sides in place and providing additional strength for the strap button and general abuse as the instrument is usually set on its butt. Key is the shaping of the sides to[…]

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Bracing the Soundboard

Tools and Materials: Go Board Gluing Tool Titebond Glue Fine-Toothed Japanese Pull Saw Woodworkers Marking Knife Wood Chisel Set Narrow Sanding Stick The bracing needs to be selected for the top and acclimated to the shop. Preparation of the Top Bracing: If you purchased Instrument Plan, from Georgia Luthier Supply refer to the bracing profiles for[…]

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Surface Sanders Part 2

Sanding Sticks: We really can’t finish the discussion of surface sanders without touching upon the value that sanding sticks adds to our arsenal of tools. These simple odd-shaped assortment of wood covered with sandpaper is often a life-safer tool when we really need them. You will find that just when you have all of the sanding sticks[…]

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Shaping the Guitar Sides

Shaping the Sides For Back Plate: The diagram above indicates the Guitar Side Template that I made for the Dreadnought Guitar offered at Georgia Luthier Supply. Note that there is a straight side, on the top, which would be the Guitar Top Plate, and an irregular side, on the bottom, which would be the Instrument Back[…]

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Guitar Inside Form

The Inside Form is one of the most-used jigs you will have in your shop. The Inside Form if very popular with many luthiers for many reasons, which we will discuss below. Inside Forms can be used for most any acoustic instrument including acoustic and classical guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and hollow body electrics. What Are The[…]

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Ultimate Guitar Building

 

Georgia Luthier Supply Blog. The information source for all of your instrument building needs.

Stringed Instrument Making, Stringed Instrument Construction, Stringed Instrument Building or Lutherie, whatever you call it, all boils down to the same thing – how to make your own stringed instruments or a stringed instruments for others.

There is no doubt about it – building your own stringed instrument can be an extremely rewarding process. When you finish your first project, it will be one of those days in you life that you will always remember. I know I STILL remember the day I strung up my first handmade guitar and gave it a whirl. It was pretty awesome. I still get tingles on the day I string up a guitar, one that I have been slaving over for weeks and months. I hope to pass that same feeling on to you.

The purpose of this site is to streamline the building process and give you good pointers and send you off into the right direction. Secondly we hope that you will reward others with documentation of your journey, questions and most of all – answers to others struggling with processes that you have conquered or can give insight on.

Here are some of the things will be covering in this blog.
  • Bracing: Since most of the tone achieved from your new handmade instrument is from the top place bracing patterns, we will explore different bracing patterns for both acoustic and classical guitars, ukuleles mandolins etc..
  • CNC Plans: We now offer both 2D and 3D CNC Plans. Not all instruments are covered yet with there 3D plans, but they are for the 3D plans. We also offer 3D CNC plans for our Luthier Tools
  • Jigs: There are a lot of special jigs, forms etc. that can make your life easier in the world of  lutherie. We will have plans for many jigs. Stop back often:
    Go Board Gluing Jig Plans
    Guitar Plate Gluing Jig
  •  Templates: What you need, don’t need and how to make your own.
  • Product Reviews: We will offer this section for tools and construction aid review. We will give it the once-over and give you our honest opinion as to the need and value of the product.
  • Plans: We of course will offer our detailed plans that we have available at Georgia Luthier Supply as the preferred set of plans. :-) If you wish you can just visit our Shopping Site, where we have a growing variety of Guitar Building Plans available for your use in pursuing your passion so you CAN build your own guitar. Look for all of our plans that are available in this one handy location. The is were we will group all of our guitar plans, jig plans, form and mold plans. This is also where we will post the free plans that we have available too – and this list will keep on growing.

Guitar Side Reinforcement

Guitar Side Reinforcement. This article discusses cloth, slender wood bracing and bracket type bracing used primarily in Classical Guitar Construction. We discuss the merits of each type of bracing and where they are best used.

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