Category - The Guitar Back

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Fitting the Back Plate
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Soundboard Bracing
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Gluing the Guitar Back
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Back Plate Arch Template
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Back Reinforcement Strip
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Guitar Back Selection
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Installing Back Purfling Decoration Strips
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Back Plate Preparation

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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Gluing the Guitar Back

Several alternatives are available to you to clamp a guitar back to the sides. We will discuss them, and how to actually glue the back into place.

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Back Plate Arch Template

Guitar Back Arch Template: Getting the arch perfect on an acoustic or classical guitar can be a chore. Use this template for perfect results. Free download for making an edge sander to aid you in making the template.

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Back Reinforcement Strip

There are several schools of thought about in what order you glue the back braces and the back reinforcement strip. All of them work quite well and each luthier has their own preferences that they use to build their backs. Tools & Materials: Fine Toothed Dovetail Saw X Acto Saw Go Board Tool 2-Part Instrument[…]

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Guitar Back Selection

Backs/Side toned sets offer the luthier even more option than do the top tonewood selections. The reason for this is not only are instruments are built from domestic hardwoods, even more often they are built from exotic hardwoods. Since it is hard for the beginning luthier to understand everything there is to know about wood species[…]

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Installing Back Purfling Decoration Strips

Classical Guitar Purfling: The classical guitar center purfling strip is usually very conventional, it consists of a 3-part wood detail. The center portion of the wood most often matches the wood purfling around the guitar edges and that wood usually matches the back/side wood material. The inner strips of wood are of contracting wood color, usually a[…]

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Back Plate Preparation

Tools and Supplies: 24″ Aluminum Level Adhesive Sandpaper 220 Grit Guitar Plate Jointing Jig Titebond Glue 2-Part Epoxy Glue Dremel Moto Tool 4000: Portable Block Sander Upon arrival the back/side sets to your shop, they should have a chance to acclimate to your shop atmosphere for several days or several weeks – longer is better. So[…]

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