Brian Burns
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  • Fort Bragg, CA
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UV to darken Western red cedar---or?
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Hello All,I'm learnin'...I just learned not to deliver an unfinished guitar. It came back with a damaged spot on the soundboard, and of course I didn't notice the damage until I started French…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Robbie Collins Jan 5.

Rosewood fingerboard finish?
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Hello again All,I've recently been favoring rosewood as a fingerboard wood, and have been looking around for a finish for them that keeps their wonderful appearance---standard fingerboard oil leaves…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Richard Bales Dec 23, 2016.

CA pore fill?
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Hello All,First of all, a general thank you---you guys have been most helpful, and quick to respond, and I really appreciate it! I know so little about repairs that I can't even fix my own mistakes…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Burns Dec 13, 2016.

CNC router experience?
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Hello again,A fellow luthier has a patron that wants to set him up with a CNC router. Anybody had some experience using CNC at the small shop level? The budget allowed could go as high as 10…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Brian Burns Dec 5, 2016.


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I make classical and flamenco guitars, and teach guitar making, here in the town of Fort Bragg, California, on the beautiful north coast. My wife and I moved here from Palo Alto sixteen years ago, and we love it!

In the early 1960's I spent 5 years making guitars, and at last decided that I had to do other things to make a living. In the early 1990's I was making furniture right in the middle of the Gryphon Stringed Instruments building, and all that contact with the luthiery guys reminded me of my first love. So in 1993 I went back to guitar making, and for the last several years I've been teaching it as well.

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