I have volunteered to help the kids make their own guitars in class. The children are 9-10 year olds, and they are learning about sound. We want them to assemble/make as much as possible. The goal is to make a 4 string guitar that can be tuned. Notes will be A-D-G-B. The basic design is a 4 string neck, sauna tube body, and 1/8”mdf sound board. We are using real guitar tuners and strings, but everything else is going to be made in the shop, or in class. Need to make a total o...
The exciting conclusion to Rick’s adventure into the world of lutherie. Rick does an incredible job recovering from his previous, nearly disastrous mistake. He takes us through the final assembly as well as his finishing process, which involves a number of techniques including pore-filling, French polish, and wiping varnish. Congratulations to Rick and a huge thank you for letting me tear up your video footage. I know more than a few folks have been inspired to dive into the wonderful w...
This is a Wood Whisperer first: a series featuring an aspiring luthier, Rick Urschel. Rick takes us through the process of building a classic guitar from a kit available at LMII.com. This is Rick’s first attempt at a guitar, and as such, I am not presenting this as a “how-to”. Instead, this is just one man’s experience as he works his butt off making a beautiful guitar for his wife. I think you are really going to enjoy it. A special thanks to Rick for allowing me to “Whisperize” his content!
I just learned from a reddit post (I know some of you are also redditors) that Queen guitarist Brian May built his guitar, “Red Special” with his dad in 1963 when he was sixteen, mostly “from an 18th century fireplace mantel that a friend of the family was about to throw away.” He’s been using it on tour and in albums for over 3 decades. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Special The manufacturing subsection at the link is a fun read for woodworkers and guita...
I came across an interesting guitar design on Yanko Design and was wondering what woodworkers and guitar players think. Does anyone see any problems with the design? Would it play, sound the same as a normally shaped electric guitar?
I was 22 years old in 1976. I was in college to get a teaching degree and at the same time also attending the Maine school of Guitar making (luthiery). For the next few years I made guitars and sold them to college students. I finished about 20 of them. When I graduated from college I had to live out of state and after two years of that got married. Work and family took me away from the smell of brazilian rosewood and sitka spruce. Move ahead to 2008. I’m back in Maine at the old fam...
In this part of the series, we’ll look at making and installing the back braces, making the back, and prepping the sides for the big glue-up. In this guitar, I put in four back braces. These braces were made from 7×15 mm strips of Spanish cedar ripped on a bandsaw. The braces were given a rounded profile on the side facing up when you look through the sound hole. After cutting the braces to length, the ends of each brace on the rounded side were chiseled flat. This would ...
The kit for this classical guitar came with a bookmatched pair of Engelmann spruce boards for the top. My pair has some beautiful silk in it that I hope will come out in the finish. After jointing the inner edges of the two boards and tapering the opposite edges. We used a wedge jig to glue up the top. The wedge applies the clamping pressure to the joint in the middle of the top. I then used hand planes to surface the outside of the top. The next step is installing the rosette t...
I had to take a break from working on this project for over a week (life got in the way)… But, Sunday afternoon my son Cody came to help work on it… He brought his assortment of pedals and we soon realized that space was quickly running short… We decided to scrap the multi level design to get better use of the space… After cutting the supports, I used my forstner bits to lighten the weight of them… A small light will mount under the top board illuminating the pedals and this ...
I spent some more time on the guitar project. This time adding the bracing to the back plate. Doing this glue-up required some interesting clamping operations which I describe in the post. Take a look and let me know what you think. Thanks for reading!
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