Here is a short description of how I setup my neck assembly jig to cut scarf joints for a typical 14 fret to the body, acoustic guitar with a 25.4” scale. First place a mark about 350mm (13.75”) from the right inside of the side fence to the cut line on the front fence. This[…]Read More
As the luthiers building experience grows, they will want to add additional luthier tools to their shop, which will give more versatility and focused attention to certain tasks, and at the same time giving better accuracy and repeatability to the build. The adjustable inside form is one of those tools. The adjustable inside form is a variation of our[…]Read More
We are now offering all of our Guitar Tool Plans to our customers interested in using them for their CNC milling operations. We have had many requests for these files and the time has now come! File Formats: DWG DXF Both formats will be included in one download and is easily unzipped. Both[…]Read More
The luthier profession as in any profession has its’ share of unique terms that apply or are are used as standard terminology. The list in this article is intended to give you insight to learn about these terms and exactly what they are and mean, This way you are less likely to misunderstand something that is[…]Read More
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
Sanding Sticks: We really can’t finish the discussion of surface sanders without touching upon the value that sanding sticks adds to our arsenal of tools. These simple odd-shaped assortment of wood covered with sandpaper is often a life-safer tool when we really need them. You will find that just when you have all of the sanding sticks[…]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.
I feel just a bit silly about writing an article just on these little Clothes Pin Clamps, but, on the other hand, I use them all the time, so I will pass this little trick on. They are used for the most part to glue linings on to the instrument sides. They replace the small 1″[…]Read More
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[…]Read More
Not all luthiers utilize these handy jacks as they are used to hold the pre-bent guitar sides tight against an inside form. Also, if you use either our new Adjustable Inside Form, or Side Forms, you will want to use spreader jacks with these forms as well. I do use the inside form and I[…]Read More