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Screw-less grain matched cavity covers

Screw-less Grain Matched Cavity Cover Demo This is a demo of our screw-less electronics cavity covers. There are thin but powerful neodymium magnets imbedded inside the cover plate. We've engineered it so that casual bumps with medal objects like your belt buckle don't accedentally dislodge it. It can only be removed with the specially built cube tool (included with [...]
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Making a bone nut.

Bone is my first choice of nut material because its dense, long lasting and beautiful.   The density of bone also contributes to the resonance and sustain of a guitar and that in turn becomes a fractional part of the recipe for superior tone. Here is a short step by step pictorial of how I fabricate my guitar nuts. Here is the [...]
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Carving Truss Recesses.

I use a few different techniques for adding the truss rod recess cavity into the headstock. As of the writing of this post my favorite technique is to carve it in by hand with a sharp gouge then sand it smooth and dye or spray the inside black. Even though the recess will only be seen by the guitar tech during setups and [...]
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Fretboard Inlays

Here are some progress pics of three inlaid fretboards I'm working on. From left to right we have an ebony board with MOP block inlays with an ABS pin stipe and ebony binding. Next is a cocobolo board with gold and white crown inlays and some figured maple binding. On the right is an ebony board with [...]
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Fretboards for the next batch.

Some fretboards for the next batch. I've been making a few fingerboard blanks today and just finished cutting the fret slots. From left to right we have some rosewood which has a warm tone, a beautiful piece of semi-open grain cocobolo which also has warmer tone. The two on the left are East Indian black ebony. Ebony has a slightly brighter tone, a [...]
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Set neck joint

The fit between the neck and body on a set neck guitar is reasonably critical part of its construction. It needs to be nice and snug to properly transfer vibrations between neck and body. Too loose and tone can and will be lost. It seems almost cli·ché in the guitar building community to take pictures of a mid-build guitar being [...]
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