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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 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...
guitar making tip number 219

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...
guitar making tip number 143

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....
guitar making tip number 23

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...
guitar making tip number 12

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...
guitar making tip number 30

Guitar Making Tip No. 30 – Lessons Learned From Error

Guitar Making Tip No. 30 is about lessons learned from mistakes. When you make a mistake, the only time it's bad is when you...
guitar making tip number 206

Guitar Making Tip No. 206 – The X Brace

Guitar Making Tip No. 206 is about the X brace. The spread of the X brace has a big effect on the stiffness of...
guitar making tip number 231

Guitar Making Tip No. 231 – Preventing Plate Scratches

Guitar Making Tip No. 231 is about preventing plate scratches while carving and sanding the internal braces. There is one easy trick that you...
guitar making tip number 181

Guitar Making Tip No. 181 – Edged Tools and Guitar Making

Guitar Making Tip No. 181 is about edged tools and guitar making. Edged tools are wonderful to use, and they connect you to the...
guitar making tip number 101

Guitar Making Tip No. 101 – Become a Student of Guitar...

Guitar Making Tip Number 101 is become a student of guitar making. In the beginning, you will not be able to spend all of...
guitar making tip number 36

Guitar Making Tip No. 36 – Tour a Shop

Guitar Making Tip Sumner 36 is about taking a tour of a guitar maker's shop. You can learn a lot, and find inspiration for...
guitar making tip number 48

Guitar Making Tip No. 48

Guitar Making Tip Number 48 is about the build. The overall quality of the build will be much more of an indicator of success...
guitar making tip number 54

Guitar Making Tip No. 54

Guitar Making Tip Number 54 is about building a guitar mold. One of the easiest ways to get going in guitar making is with...
guitar making tip number 55

Guitar Making Tip No. 55

Guitar Making Tip No. 55 is about building jigs. You should build as many jigs as possible in the beginning. This is one of...