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Building a Homemade Electric Guitar

03-11-2019 07:55 PM by PeteCollin | 4 comments »

Hello All,This winter I completed a “bucket list” sort of a project. I took up woodworking in 2008, and always thought I’d build a guitar eventually. Well there were many skills I needed to develop before I could tackle something that needed that much precision. Last fall I took the leap, telling my wife I wouldn’t stress about success or failure. I would treat each step as its own project and not worry about what came after that. It was to be a Les Paul copy. ...

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Building A Cuttaway Acoustic Guitar #3: Part 3: Kerfing, Bracing, and Gluing the Back

01-13-2019 11:17 PM by DMiller | 6 comments »

The guitar is coming along well; progress however, has been slow as I only have two afternoons each week to work on it. I am grateful for the time I do have though. Over the last three or so months I have been working on it, the kerfing, bracing, and back has went together. The kerfing definitely isn’t perfect, but I think it is a is good enough to do the job. I definitely learned a bit or two about making it- use straight grained wood, bend to fit BEFORE cutting each groove in i...

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Shop Updates - November 2018

11-28-2018 09:14 PM by PeteCollin | 1 comment »

Hello All,I made a video that runs down all of the major stuff I did in my shop this year. I make a glass cupola that goes on my garage, a wooden desk chair, and an electric guitar.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejOorDhQ9SQ

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Guitar Pedalboard Build

08-09-2018 12:51 AM by wrenchhead | 2 comments »

I made this homemade guitar pedalboard to clean up the cables and effects pedals I have. This was a fun woodworking project that only took a few hours over the weekend to complete. I used sapele wood and dovetail joinery to make this board. I installed a power inlet and a couple of 1/4” jacks to help with cord and cable management. I used General finishes Arm-R-Seal for a durable finish and added a .250 rubber feet so the pedal board doesn’t slide around. Thanks for watching ht...

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Oahu Guitar Restoration #5: An Adventure with the Bridge Plate!

04-07-2017 02:29 AM by Lemongrasspicker | 0 comments »

If you prefer not to read the video is herehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwLDBA1nQIo So we are now at the most annoying part of this entire restoration and that’s the bridge plate. Here’s a picture so you can get an idea of what and where the bridge plate is. It’s the small overlaid piece of wood A guitar’s bridge plate does quite a few very important jobs for the guitar. To make it simple, the pull of the strings on the top of the guitar is quite intens...

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Oahu Guitar Restoration #4: Crack Repairs and Top Reinforcement

03-21-2017 01:00 AM by Lemongrasspicker | 6 comments »

If you prefer not to read, the youtube video is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WmXWgNwtXAg For this session I started to repair and reinforce some of the bigger issues with this guitar. All guitars experience a tremendous amount of strain and pressure on the neck joint at the body. A good way to counter this strain is to reinforce the top in the area just below the fingerboard. This guitar did not have any reinforcement in that area and thus it was necessary to add some stiffness ...

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Oahu Guitar Restoration #3: Removing the Fretboard and Neck

03-06-2017 04:45 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 0 comments »

Video is here if you prefer not to read http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5lZ1XroRf8o&feature=youtu.be Part 3 of this series is a simple prospect of removing the fret/fingerboard (they’re different names for the same thing) as well as the neck. The traditional joint for a guitar neck to be attached is a dovetail, this one was no exception however it was extremely poor in it’s execution (not surprising considering the number of these they made and the budget they were mad...

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Oahu Guitar Restoration #2: Removing the Back

02-27-2017 02:39 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 3 comments »

Video entry is here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3G8GxAHNmY The first step on this long project is to remove the back of the guitar. The reason we are doing this is two fold, there is a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done to both the back, sides, and top of the guitar. If we were to try to do the level of work that is required through the soundhole we would be far too tedious and would end up with a poorer result. Removing the back allows me extremely easy access to all ...

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Oahu Guitar Restoration #1: Introduction

02-20-2017 10:52 PM by Lemongrasspicker | 3 comments »

Video is here: https://youtu.be/QnD6qkNlodc My day job is as a stringed instrument repair “tech” (I don’t really like that word, I just refer to it as fine woodworking) and I like to continue my work at home. This guitar is something that my wife bought for me as a christmas gift last year for a little bit. I was thrilled since it had had no previous “pro” repair jobs done to it which means that my job is still going to be challenging but it will be MUCH ea...

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Adventures in Lutherie #6: And then some!

12-29-2016 10:38 PM by Dave Rutan | 5 comments »

There’s a good chance that I’ll be doing a lot more lutherie in the future. Through a connection my wife has as a music teacher, I’ll be apprenticed to a music store as a repairer of wooden instruments. I wouldn’t call this an absolutely done deal, but very likely at the least. I love the idea of having a unique job and this one could be fun as well. I gotta start binge watching all the guitar repair videos on Youtube. I haven’t met the owner yet, but he̵...

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