Archive - 2015

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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
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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

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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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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