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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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Three new starts!

Here is another sneak preview of the current works in progress. All three are set necks. One in Sapele with a beautiful spalted maple top and the other two are Honduran mahogany with flamed maple tops. Tune in again soon to see the progress.  
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A few words on wood binding.

Taking a build to the next level. I use wood binding on some of my builds and it's available as an option on custom orders.  While plastic ABS is flexible and relatively straight forward to install, wood binding can bring a unique set of challenges during the installation process. Wood binding has to be heated and carefully bent [...]
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A few Dimple Bodies are born

Heres a shot of two bodies I'm working on today. I just got done gluing up the tops yesterday and today they came out of the clamps and had the sides routed flush. I designed my templates so that in the beginning both my bolt on and set neck bodies start off the same. On my [...]
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