Tag - how to make a guitar

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Fitting the Back Plate
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Soundboard Bracing
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Guitar Inside Form
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Free Floating Top – Acoustic
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Guitar Templates
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Installing Classical Guitar Linings
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Installing Acoustic Guitar Linings
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Gluing the Guitar Back
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Heel Shaping – Classical Guitar
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Making Kerfed Linings

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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Guitar Inside Form

The Inside Form is one of the most-used jigs you will have in your shop. The Inside Form if very popular with many luthiers for many reasons, which we will discuss below. Inside Forms can be used for most any acoustic instrument including acoustic and classical guitars, ukuleles, mandolins and hollow body electrics. What Are The[…]

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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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Guitar Templates

I have just finished publishing all of our Guitar Templates for the Georgia Luthier Supply Plans. If you plan to make more than just one guitar, you should plan to make yourself a nice professional set of templates for each guitar size and style you plan to make. They are located in the Georgia Luthier[…]

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Installing Classical Guitar Linings

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[…]

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Installing Acoustic Guitar Linings

If you have done your job in making high quality linings, this section will be a breeze for you. Are the sides shaped or cut down and sanded to receive the arched back according to the respective Side Template? Installing the Lining For The Top and Back Plates: Preparation is the key word here and you[…]

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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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Heel Shaping – Classical Guitar

This article on Shaping the Heel of the Classical Guitar, offers you a couple of different methods to easily cut out the heel, foot and side channels for this difficult neck application. Download free PDF diagrams at our Plan Shop too, to make this even easier.

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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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