Tag - how to build a guitar

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Plate Jointing Jig
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Gluing the Tail Block
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Bracing the Soundboard
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Shaping the Guitar Sides
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Guitar Side Reinforcement
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Acoustic Guitar Heel
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Side Bending Tutorial
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Side Bending Methods
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Rough-cut the Neck – Acoustic
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Fitting The Acoustic Top

Plate Jointing Jig

The Plate Jointing Jig is a relatively simple jig to make, but it is also a very necessary one. Essential in the construction of this jig are the cams and how they are fastened to the base board. At Georgia Luthier Supply, we offer this tool in two different versions. The Guitar Plate Joint Jig will[…]

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Gluing the Tail Block

Making and fitting the tail block correctly is essential for all acoustic instruments. The tail block is key for holding the edges of the sides in place and providing additional strength for the strap button and general abuse as the instrument is usually set on its butt. Key is the shaping of the sides to[…]

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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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Shaping the Guitar Sides

Shaping the Sides For Back Plate: The diagram above indicates the Guitar Side Template that I made for the Dreadnought Guitar offered at Georgia Luthier Supply. Note that there is a straight side, on the top, which would be the Guitar Top Plate, and an irregular side, on the bottom, which would be the Instrument Back[…]

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Guitar Side Reinforcement

Guitar Side Reinforcement. This article discusses cloth, slender wood bracing and bracket type bracing used primarily in Classical Guitar Construction. We discuss the merits of each type of bracing and where they are best used.

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Acoustic Guitar Heel

Building Acoustic and Classical Heel Blocks and Ukulele Heel Blocks properly is key to keeping your instrument in tip top shape and resistant for the need of a neck reset, by using materials and methods discussed in this posting. Tools and Materials: Neck Assembly Jig Titebond Glue Waxed Paper Bessey or Large C Clamps Chop[…]

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Side Bending Tutorial

This is probably the easiest way you will ever bend sides for your handmade guitars. The only drawback with this method is the labor that is involved to make the side bending jig and all the different form inserts you will be needing. You will need one form for each different sized guitar that you[…]

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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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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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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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