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Birth of a Guitar

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Blog series by thewoodwhisperer updated 01-19-2010 04:02 AM 3 parts 6598 reads 44 comments total

Part 1: Birth of a Guitar Pt. 1

12-10-2009 11:25 PM by thewoodwhisperer | 20 comments »

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!

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Part 2: Part 2

01-06-2010 05:20 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 11 comments »

Download Low Res .mp4Download HD .mp4Download HD .wmv Rick continues on his journey into the world of guitar-building. He takes us through adding kerfing, inlaying the tail wedge, installation of the binding, and construction of the back, the soundboard, the fretboard, and the bridge. We’ll also see how Rick handles a few errors he made along the way. One error is so big, the fate of the entire project hangs in the balance! Music provided by MusicAlley.com: Jack Jezzro

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Part 3: Part 3

01-19-2010 04:02 AM by thewoodwhisperer | 13 comments »

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...

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