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Tagged With: acoustic guitar

Assembling the Box, Part I – Soundboard and Sides

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar




This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarThe head and tail blocks The head block was assembled as a 5-piece glue-up with three ‘core’ pieces stacked vertically and a top and bottom glued horizontally cross-grain. This is done to promote stability and strength in both dimensions while providing a side-grain surface … Continue reading »






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Picking Up Where I Left Off…

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar




This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarIn early 2012, I started my first acoustic guitar build and for several reasons wound up putting it aside. Over 4 years, a couple electric guitars and mountain dulcimers under my belt, I finally felt ready to return to this project. Back … Continue reading »






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The Rosette

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar




This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarThe soundhole rosette is an aesthetic embellishment that provides an excellent opportunity for the luthier (or newbie like myself) to leave his distinctive impression on the finished instrument. Consequently I spent much time considering the design for the rosette on my first … Continue reading »






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The Soundboard and Back

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar




This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarBack to work I took some time off guitar building to spruce up the shop and make some much needed improvements. Also, with the parents visiting for the week, the shop was occupied for a time with more pressing matters… Alterations This … Continue reading »






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The Neck

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar




This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarMy lovely wife spent her weekend watching the kids and provided me with nearly two full days of shop time. In the intervening days I’d decided I wanted to build one of the guitars from cherry. I have a rather large stockpile … Continue reading »






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Building an Acoustic Guitar

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic Guitar




This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Building an Acoustic GuitarA few years back I was conversing with a co-worker and fellow guitar player. Aware I was an amateur woodworker, he suggested I build a guitar. “Luthiery requires special tools and skills…training. Naw, I couldn’t do that,” I said. Google search. Fast … Continue reading »






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