One of the guitar specialty tools you should have to do without. Have you ever heard of a “Go-Board“? That is the slang term for a great jig or specialized Luthier tool that will quickly and efficiently aid in gluing braces to the top and back plates. If you have ever have tried to glue top braces on[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
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 –[…]Read More
Georgia Luthier Supply Blog. The information source for all of your instrument building needs.
Stringed Instrument Making, Stringed Instrument Construction, Stringed Instrument Building or Lutherie, whatever you call it, all boils down to the same thing – how to make your own stringed instruments or a stringed instruments for others.
There is no doubt about it – building your own stringed instrument can be an extremely rewarding process. When you finish your first project, it will be one of those days in you life that you will always remember. I know I STILL remember the day I strung up my first handmade guitar and gave it a whirl. It was pretty awesome. I still get tingles on the day I string up a guitar, one that I have been slaving over for weeks and months. I hope to pass that same feeling on to you.
The purpose of this site is to streamline the building process and give you good pointers and send you off into the right direction. Secondly we hope that you will reward others with documentation of your journey, questions and most of all – answers to others struggling with processes that you have conquered or can give insight on.
Here are some of the things will be covering in this blog.
- Bracing: Since most of the tone achieved from your new handmade instrument is from the top place bracing patterns, we will explore different bracing patterns for both acoustic and classical guitars, ukuleles mandolins etc..
- CNC Plans: We now offer both 2D and 3D CNC Plans. Not all instruments are covered yet with there 3D plans, but they are for the 3D plans. We also offer 3D CNC plans for our Luthier Tools
- Jigs: There are a lot of special jigs, forms etc. that can make your life easier in the world of lutherie. We will have plans for many jigs. Stop back often:
Go Board Gluing Jig Plans
Guitar Plate Gluing Jig
- Templates: What you need, don’t need and how to make your own.
- Product Reviews: We will offer this section for tools and construction aid review. We will give it the once-over and give you our honest opinion as to the need and value of the product.
- Plans: We of course will offer our detailed plans that we have available at Georgia Luthier Supply as the preferred set of plans. If you wish you can just visit our Shopping Site, where we have a growing variety of Guitar Building Plans available for your use in pursuing your passion so you CAN build your own guitar. Look for all of our plans that are available in this one handy location. The is were we will group all of our guitar plans, jig plans, form and mold plans. This is also where we will post the free plans that we have available too – and this list will keep on growing.
If you haven’t already done so, be sure to read the articles Types of Guitar Linings and Making Guitar Linings. Installing the guitar linings is really the easiest part of the whole lining process. If you have done your job in making high quality lining, this section will be a breeze for you. Getting The[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
One of the harder operations in the luthier trade is sanding the top plate and back/side sets to a consistent thickness. This is most easily completed with thickness planer and or a thickness sander, and if this is the equipment used in your shop, you need not read this article. If you do not posses a thickness planer[…]Read More