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Guitar making is my primary woodworking activity, and I love sharing how anyone can make a guitar if they give it a try. Here are several articles containing instructions for making jigs, construction theory, and fun guitar making projects. I hope they help you on your way to making your first guitar.

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Why You Should Make Your Own Fretboards and How to Make...

This is how to make your own fretboard to give your guitar a custom look. There are a lot of places where you can...
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9 Easy Ways to Know When to Take a Break From...

This is 9 Easy Ways to Know When to Take a Break From Your Guitar Build. You can actually make a better guitar if...
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How Taking Practice Breaks Can Help You Make Better Guitars

This is How Taking a Practice Break Can Help You Make Better Guitars. In the beginning, there are a lot of unfamiliar things about...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 850 – Square Inlays

Guitar Making Tip No. 850 is about inlaying squares. Circles are by far the easiest type of inlay, because if you can drill a...
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The Biggest Thing I Wish Someone Told Me About Making an...

This is the Biggest Thing I Wish Someone Told Me About Making an Acoustic Guitar. Had I known this one thing in the beginning,...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 822 – Inlaying a Signature

Guitar Making Tip No. 822 is about inlaying a signature. When you have to inlay a signature, using the epoxy method is by far...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 816 – Unplug Tools Before Performing Service

Guitar Making Tip No. 816 is about unplugging your tools before you change blades or performing service on them. This is very important, and...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 180 – Follow a Bracing Plan

Guitar Making Tip number 180 is about following an established bracing plan. In the beginning, you will not know a lot about how the...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 28 – Fretboard Mistakes

Guitar Making Tip No. 28 is about your fretboard. The fretboard is a small piece of wood, and easy to replace if you make...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 314 – The Back Plate

Guitar Making Tip No. 314 is about making the back plate. Thee back plate of the guitar is a very large surface. Even though...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 106 – Making Guitars in the Garage

Guitar Making Tip No. 106 is about making guitars in the garage. Even a small corner of a garage can be used to make...
guitar making tip number 282 carving your internal braces all at once before gluing and shaping them

Guitar Making Tip No. 282 – Carve the Braces Together

Guitar Making Tip No. 282 is about carving all of your back braces at once. Most of the time, the back plate has a...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 287 – Major Glue Joints

Guitar Making Tip No. 287 is about major glue joints. It’s important to allow all major glue joints to dry overnight before flexing them....
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Guitar Making Tip No. 111 – Clean and Organized

Guitar Making Tip No. 111 is about keeping your shop clean and organized as you work. When you stay clean, your shop just works...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 222 – Trimming the Top and Back...

Guitar Making Tip Number 222 is about trimming your top and back plates. In order to make your arch, the plate needs to flex....
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Guitar Making Tip No. 14 – Ask A Friend

Guitar Making tip No. 14 is about asking a friend who plays guitar for ideas and inspiration for your guitar. If you do not...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 165 – Shaping the Braces

Guitar Making Tip number 165 is about shaping the internal braces. If you are new to carving with a chisel, you can save yourself...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 122 -Sitka Spruce for Your Braces

Guitar Making Tip No. 122 is about Sitka Spruce. Sitka Spruce has the highest strength to weight ratio of any wood. This makes it...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 162 Grading a Guitar Top

Guitar Making Tip No. 162 is about Grading a Guitar Top. There are a lot of things that go into grading a guitar top...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 219 – Steaming Out a Dent

Guitar Making Tip No. 219 is all about steaming out a dent. It's painful when you accidentally dent your lovely Spruce guitar top. It's...