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"Dead Fret" is it a thing?

I just saw a YouTube video entitled "Don't Radius Your Fret Slots!" by a guitar maker. He has both acoustics and electrics in the backgroun…

Started by Mike Semenock

23 Sep 2
Reply by Mike Semenock

Vertical Sliding Dovetail / Locking Dado Neck Reset - How to keep joint and change angle?

This is my first post/discussion.  I'm a new player and fixer-hobbyist who's trying to resuscitate a '70s Conn Student-grade Martin knock-o…

Started by Chris N

19 Aug 27
Reply by Mike Semenock

Possible future in Lutherie

Hi All, I am new to this site and I am grateful to be included. I have a single acoustic guitar that I don't play nearly enough due to busy…

Started by Chris Locati

14 Aug 11
Reply by Taffy Evans

Electric Tenor Guitar strings ?

Hi everyone , I have been at this for 25 years but very rarely see a tenor guitar , well now i have an electric tenor that's breaking the h…

Started by Len Biglin

2 Aug 9
Reply by Len Biglin

Smoothness, flatness of classical guitar tops

One of my hobbies is optical fabrication, and various tests reveal the flatness and smoothness of surfaces.  In ordinary life I see surface…

Started by Colin Caissie

1 Aug 7
Reply by Greg Mirken

Anyone recognize this peg head?

Anyone recognize this peg head?  See image.

Started by Dave Hanna

2 Aug 4
Reply by Dave Hanna

Truth about the '60's rounded Martin headstocks?

I can spot 1960's Martins by the softness of the headstock profiles across several models.  The "official" explanation for this OBVIOUS cha…

Started by Colin Caissie

2 Jul 29
Reply by Colin Caissie

Strange embossed patch on my Martin O-16NY headstock

I was lucky to get a really fine '66 O-16 New Yorker from the State of Maine Martin Warranty guy...kinda a guitar whisperer who knew that I…

Started by Colin Caissie

4 Jul 28
Reply by Colin Caissie

BRW Fingerboard (Removed) Warped

This BRW fingerboard was removed from the neck of a '42 Martin 00 recently .. the hide glue had given up the ghost, as did everything else…

Started by onewent

10 Jul 25
Reply by Taffy Evans


Starting new thread on the 58 Gibson. This is the one where the neck collapsed into the sound hole. I feel things are going well. All but o…

Started by Lex

28 Jul 23
Reply by Taffy Evans


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