Category - The Guitar Top

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Soundboard Bracing
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Rosette Selection
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Bracing the Soundboard
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Free Floating Top – Acoustic
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Fitting The Acoustic Top
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Shaping Tone Braces
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Wooden Pick Guards
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Bridge Plate Installation
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Bracing the Backplate
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Installing Guitar Top Rosettes

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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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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Free Floating Top – Acoustic

A free-floating top is somewhat of a misnomer. As the name implies, the top is not free to float, but it IS glued to the sides without any clamping pressure, which is the ideal method to eliminate any stress in the most important sound-producing element of the entire instrument building process. This process can be[…]

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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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Wooden Pick Guards

Installing a wooden pick guard on an acoustic guitar is not that big of a challenge and it adds significantly to the aesthetic value of a guitar. This article guides you through the steps to make and install a beautiful wooden pick guard.

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Bridge Plate Installation

The bridge plate is a plate or a thin layer of wood, often a bit thicker than the top plate of the instrument in the case of acoustic guitars, but with classical guitars and ukuleles, it is often thinner than the top. This plate offers additional structural support directly beneath the bridge and give the[…]

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Bracing the Backplate

Bracing the back plate is much like bracing the soundboard, there are several differences that should be highlighted in this blog. Firs,t the back braces are almost always arched and when the GoBoard gluing jig is used, an arch mold conforming to the back arch should be used as an insert into the GoBoard Jig.[…]

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Installing Guitar Top Rosettes

Tools and Supplies: Dremel Moto Tool 4000: Dremel Router Base Rosette Forms Titebond III Glue Duco Cement Portable Block Sander Plastic Tipped Hammer: Plastic or Wood Purfling Plastic Push Pins Acoustic Guitar Rosette Assembly: For an acoustic guitar first assemble the rosette rings. Utilize the rosette ring design directly off the guitar plans as a[…]

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