Category - The Guitar Sides

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Preparing Sides For Back Plate
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Making Kerfed Linings
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Types of Guitar Lining
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Gluing the Head Block
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Solving Side Spring-Back
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Side Bending – Boiling
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Side Bending – The Hot Iron

Preparing Sides For Back Plate

Depending on the amount of arch and taper you will have on your back plate and sides, sides can vary as much as 1 inch or 25mm from the head block to the tail block. You also will have variation in the sides due to the form of the guitar. In other words, the sides[…]

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Making Kerfed Linings

Although you can purchase guitar lining rather inexpensively, I still prefer to make my own. That way I have complete and total control over the wood that is used, how it is cut and the final appearance after installation. Tools and Materials: Table Saw Wood Slicer Blades Band Saw Stationary Belt Sander Try Square Router[…]

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Types of Guitar Lining

Types of Linings: First of all let’s clear up the terminology here. Some refer to these as Linings, and some refer to them as Kerfing. Neither is wrong, but I will always refer to them as linings because not all linings are kerfed. There are basically 3 types of linings that we commonly use for[…]

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Solving Side Spring-Back

You will hear me stating over and over again that we shouldn’t introduce stress into the guitar at any point in the construction process. This includes the clamping procedures for the top plates, back plates, guitar necks, purfling, binding, braces etc. It is essential that all part of the instrument be fitted together with precision. This theory[…]

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Side Bending – Boiling

Bending wood sides by placing them in boiling hot water is a method that has been used for many years. When my father and I began guitar building this is the method that we utilized exclusively. If you want to get into guitar building at a minimal cost, this is certainly one way that you can do[…]

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Side Bending – The Hot Iron

A hot iron used for bending wood sides is the most traditional and claimed by some luthiers as the best method to bend sides. The wood is heat up and when water is added, it turns to steam and the wood becomes much more pliable. Everyone who builds instruments should build at least one instrument using[…]

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