Category - Guitar Building Articles

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Side Bending Methods
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Installing Acoustic Guitar Linings
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Headstock Detailing – Binding Installation
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Rough-cut the Neck – Acoustic
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Headstock Detailing Wood Binding Prep
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Fitting The Acoustic Top
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Shaping Tone Braces
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How to Make Wood Binding
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Bending Wood Binding Strips
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Buying Guitar Plans

Side Bending Methods

This article is intended to act as just an overview of each of (3) methods of bending wooden instrument sides that are available to you. I know that there are additional devices and method that are available an if you are using one of these, it would be appreciated if you would share your experiences using[…]

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Installing Acoustic Guitar Linings

If you have done your job in making high quality linings, this section will be a breeze for you. Are the sides shaped or cut down and sanded to receive the arched back according to the respective Side Template? Installing the Lining For The Top and Back Plates: Preparation is the key word here and you[…]

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Headstock Detailing – Binding Installation

It doesn’t make much difference if you installing plastic or wood binding on your instrument headpiece, the procedures outlined within this article will apply equally to each type of binding that you decide to use. This article also applies equally to guitars and ukulele’s. Tools and Materials: Dremel Rotary Tool or Bosch Colt Palm Router Binding[…]

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Rough-cut the Neck – Acoustic

Tools and Materials: Band Saw Table Saw & Miter Gauge Japanese Pull Saw Coping Saw Rough-cut The Neck – Acoustic Guitar & Ukulele: GLS Tip#1: This step should be completed after you have cut your neck joint, whether that is a mortise and tendon or a dovetail joint. See the articles on Cutting The Dovetail[…]

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Headstock Detailing Wood Binding Prep

Depending of the material used for your head piece and the shapes that are incorporated into the head piece design, there may be a need to pre-bend wood bindings to minimize cracking. The headpiece design that I have used for years minimizes the need for pre-bending as it consists of sharp corners without curved transitions,[…]

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Fitting The Acoustic Top

Fitting the Acoustic Top: Learn how to expertly fit the most critical of guitar elements without introducing stress to the guitar. We will go through the necessary steps with you and list the tools and materials that are necessary to complete this job.

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Shaping Tone Braces

Shaping the braces for the soundboard is one of the most important tasks in impacting the tone, balance and volume of an acoustic instrument. It is critical that these braces are glued properly, with just the right amount of glue, and the excess glue is properly cleaned from the soundboard and braces surfaces. Also changing[…]

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How to Make Wood Binding

The first step you should make in making your wood binding is to read the article of Wood Binding Wood Selection, if you haven’t already done so. Tools and Materials: Band Saw Table Saw Drum Sander 4″ C Clamps or Bessey Clamps 2-Part Epoxy Glue 2-1/2″ x 3/4″ x 32″ Hardwood Clamping Cauls 3/16″ x[…]

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Bending Wood Binding Strips

It is essential that you pre-bend your wood binding strips to conform to the shape of your guitar body. The best method for this is to use a Heated Side Bender jig. This will allow you to bend several sets of binding at one time. If you have decorative purfling on the bottom side of[…]

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Buying Guitar Plans

Before you begin a guitar building project, choosing your guitar plans will be the most important decision that you’ll make. There are lots of things to consider when buying guitar plans – this article will help you find the best building plans available. 1. What guitar do you want to build? There are so many[…]

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