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Gut Strings and a pin bridge

Folks, I'm about to purchase a Bay State "parlor" guitar, made around the turn of the last century. I thought it would be interesting to s…

Started by Joshua Levin-Epstein in Luthier Talk

5 Aug 17, 2008
Reply by Donald A. Fortune

Graphite neck reinforcement

I'm building a terz guitar, and am considering using a graphite- epoxy bar in the neck. What is an suitable size to use for this 21.375 inc…

Started by Steve Frost in Luthier Talk

8 Aug 17, 2008
Reply by Donald A. Fortune

A beginners question about bindings

I'm just preparing to order the material for bulding my first guitar and I'm wondering about the best binding material - plastic or wood.…

Started by Doug Collins in Luthier Talk

4 Aug 16, 2008
Reply by Donald A. Fortune

000/0M plans, anyone know if they exist?

I've got a back template for the 000 size but would like to make a template for cutting out the sides. I could trace one, just wondered if…

Started by Bruce Herrmann in Luthier Talk

8 Aug 13, 2008
Reply by Bruce Herrmann

Loose mandolin tuner grommets

I was looking through Frets.com to see if I could find any information on what to do with a loose grommet on my mandolin tuner. My tuners a…

Started by Dan Forney in Luthier Talk

1 Aug 13, 2008
Reply by Christian Johnson

Neck Heaters to Straighten Necks?

What about the Lupus Neck Heater or the Aria Neck Straightener? Do these really work at all? I've been collecting a few Stellas and such fr…

Started by bottleneck_blues in Luthier Talk

9 Aug 13, 2008
Reply by MrGlyn

Anyone gone from one man operation to multiple employee? Any Advice?

I've been a one man operation pretty much for 10yrs, and I always thought I'd stay that way but after a few recent events I'm coming round…

Started by steve curtis in Luthier Talk

4 Aug 10, 2008
Reply by steve curtis

One Piece Backs

I note that a few mandolin makers and violin makers will extole the virtues of one piece backs. I suppose this is because of the rarity of…

Started by J J Hildreth in Luthier Talk

2 Aug 8, 2008
Reply by J J Hildreth

Strap Button heel placement

I have installed strap buttons on heel of several guitars with a Martin-style heel for lack of a better phrase. Now I have a nice Gibson J…

Started by Michael Van Brackle in Luthier Talk

3 Aug 8, 2008
Reply by Michael Van Brackle

Refinishing a Spanish Classical Guitar

I would like to refinish my old (50 yr) classical guitar and would like to know how is best to remove (strip) tho old lacquer finish. Do yo…

Started by Esteban Celis in Luthier Talk

4 Aug 7, 2008
Reply by Greg Mirken

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