Category - Guitar Building Articles

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GLS Bridge Clamp
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Gluing an Acoustic Guitar Bridge With a GLS Bridge Clamp
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Fitting the Back Plate
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Soundboard Bracing
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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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Shaping the Guitar Sides
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Guitar Side Reinforcement

GLS Bridge Clamp

The Georgia Luthier Supply Bridge Clamp will bring simplicity to the installation of the traditional belly bridge or modified bridges with similar bridge pin spacing. It works without the use of supplemental clamps and provides for a quick and easy method of clamping and completing subsequent glue clean-up. Materials Required: 1/4″ x 1″ x16″ Aluminum Bar[…]

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Gluing an Acoustic Guitar Bridge With a GLS Bridge Clamp

One of the more challenging clamping tasks is that of securing the acoustic guitar bridge to the top plate of the guitar. My preference is to reserve this operation until one of the last steps in completing the guitar. I like to have the instrument completely finished and rubbed out, the nut installed and all[…]

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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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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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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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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 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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