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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.

guitar making tip number 28 fretboards are not expensive and they are easy to replace

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...
guitar making tip number 314 the back plate of the acoustic guitar is a bid surface and should be well built

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...
guitar making tip number 106 even a small corner of your garage is a big enough space to make an acoustic guitar

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...
guitar making tip number 287 always allow major glue joints to dry completely before stressing the joints

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....
guitar making tip number 111 keeping your shop organized and clean while you work

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...
guitar making tip number 222 trim the excess overhang on your plates before doming them

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....
guitar making tip number 14 asking a friend for help to learn what they like about guitars

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...
guitar making tip number 165 partially shaping your braces

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...
guitar making tip number 122 using sitka spruce wood for the braces

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...
guitar making tip number 162 grading an acoustic guitar top

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...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 143 – Checking the Center Seam

Guitar Making Tip No. 143 is about checking the center seam. When you join your plates, you need to prepare the edges really well....
guitar making tip number 254

Guitar Making Tip No. 254 – Soundhole Label Template

Guitar Making Tip No. 254 is about making a soundhole label template. As you make acoustic guitars, you will need soundhole labels. Instead of...
guitar making tip number 179

Guitar Making Tip No. 179 – Gluing the Braces

Guitar Making Tip No. 179 is about gluing the braces. You do not have to glue down all the braces at the same time....
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Guitar Making Tip No. 23 – The Guitar Making Notebook

Guitar Making Tip No. 23 is about The Guitar Making Notebook. As you build, it's beneficial to keep a notebook. This is a place...
guitar making tip number 16

Guitar Making Tip No. 16 – Building a Custom Guitar

Guitar Making Tip No. 16 is about building a custom guitar. When you make a guitar yourself, you get to create exactly the guitar...
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Guitar Making Tip No. 12 – Take a Class

Guitar Making Tip No. 12 is called take a class. One of the best ways to jump start your development as a guitar maker...
guitar making tip number 47

Guitar Making Tip No. 47 – Standard Grade Wood

Guitar Making Tip No. 47 is about standard grade wood. On your first guitar, there are several benefits to using standard grade wood. It...
guitar making tip number 124

Guitar Making Tip No. 124 – Locking the Brace Ends

Guitar Making Tip No. 124 is about locking the brace ends under the kerfing as you build your guitar body. The more you can...