• Acoustic Guitar Build Update

    By Tony on January 30, 2014
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    Time for a big “catch up” post.  Since building the drum sander I’ve been making steady progress on this trio of guitars. First up was putting the radius on the top and back, ensuring that the depth of the body is even side-to-side and the correct depth at tail and heel. The radius dish is your friend. I use a […]
  • DIY Drum Sander

    By Tony on December 29, 2013
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    My folks have gone home after a wonderful visit. Skiing is less than stellar right now.  None of my clients are responding to emails.  So that adds up to shop time! I stepped back from trying to hand thickness the last set of acoustic sides, not to mention the three sets of backs and sound boards, in order to make […]
  • Acoustic Guitar Side Bending

    By Tony on December 2, 2013
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    With a little extra time on my hands over the holiday I decided to jump in to my latest builds. This winter’s project will be three acoustic builds: a Gibson-style 0-28VS Parlor, a Taylor-style GS-Mini, and another OM (probably with a florentine cutaway).  Two, and perhaps all three will be made with this Chechen wood. Here’s a couple of shots […]
  • Acoustic Guitar Wood Score!

    By Tony on November 17, 2013
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    I’m pulling things together for a set of 3 new acoustic builds. Hopefully small, medium, and large (parlor, OM, and Jumbo). So I’ve been trying to pull the wood together without breaking the bank account. I picked up 4 sets of sitka spruce soundboards off Ebay for a very good price. Here they are stickered using the spruce bracing that […]
  • Sentimental Repair – Part 2

    By Tony on November 15, 2013
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    I finished repairs on the Guild guitar earlier this week.  First I added some internal bracing to the sides to help reinforce them. I used rare earth magnets for clamps. I had to pull the binding off around to the heel to give enough length to reattach the binding. This left a small gap right by the heel, but I […]