Guitarmaker Issue 88
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Headstock of a patriotic guitar auctioned to raise funds for “Guitars for Vets.”
From the Director
Acker starts to answer an apprentice’s question about guitar cases and drifts through all manner of things to do with the guitarmaking business, stream-of-consciousness style.
Jigs and Fixtures for Guitarmakers, Part 3
Wells tells all his secrets regarding jigs and fixtures. In this final installment, he talks about making butt joint inlays, trimming the back lining for braces, gluing the bridge, fretboard inlays, taper jigs, cutting rosettes, making Les Paul tenons, and as a shop bonus, he shares his clamp racks and two methods for holding a guitar while working on it. Whew! See issues 86 and 88 for even more jigs and fixtures. With 46 photos.
tools, jig; tools, shop-built; bridge; bracing
Guitars for Vets
Reitz lead a group of about a dozen Mid Atlantic Luthiers as they collaborated on building a very special guitar for the “Guitars for Vets” charity auction. In Guitarmaker, the article is incorrectly attributed to John Hall; that mistake is corrected in issue 89. With 17 photos and one more on the cover.
guitar, steel-string; club; charity; collaboration
Clark says refretting is one of the most common jobs in his shop. Here, he goes into exquisite detail on a refret of a Custom Shop Martin 0-42. The article includes insights on the process as well as the special tools that make the work faster and more accurate. With 42 close-up photos.
repair; fret; guitar, steel-string
The Fledgling Luthier on a Budget
Clark uses low-cost Home Depot lumber and barnwood to build two very successful ukuleles on a budget. He heartily recomments low-cost wood like this for experimentation and developing your technique. With 8 photos.
Building a Bound Pickguard
Voros, who works in the Gruhn repair shop, details a method of building a bound archtop pickguard/finger rest using solvent that he says is far superior to using superglue. The article is worthwhile for restorers or building a pickguard for a new instrument. With 9 photos.
repair; pick guard; guitar, archtop
The 6th Annual Reno Ukulele Festival
Clack travels to the Reno Ukulele Festival to play, listen, and sell instruments. The event gets biger and better every year and Clark had a very successful trip, selling 5 ukuleles. With 9 photos.
Building with American Chestnut
Trietsch builds a fine ukule from the venerable American wormy chestnut. With 12 photos.