The Birth of a Guitar (Part X)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part X)

  Today is it! The guitar is finally ready to be set up and played! We’ve got all hands on deck for this one – the current shop owner, Stephen, and his dad, Don. They glue on the bridge, put in the tuners, wind the strings, put everything together,...

New Dealer in Louisiana!

We’re exited to welcome Louisiana’s Southern Strings to our small family of dealers! They have what looks to be a remarkable collection of fine guitars, including one of our Doc Watson models. Hope you’ll check them out! (We hope to, too, next time...
The Birth of a Guitar (Part IX)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part IX)

Now that all of the finishing prep work is done, we are ready to start putting shellac on the guitar. We use a small cloth to rub very thin layers (and layers and layers) onto each surface of the guitar. These layers will eventually build on themselves, creating one...
The Birth of a Guitar (Part VIII)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part VIII)

First thing this morning, we sand off the pore fill left to dry yesterday. The guitar is sanded so that the filler stays in the dimples of the grain, but comes off of the rest of the wood. With the pores all filled, the wood is now completely level and ready to be...
The Birth of a Guitar (Part VII)

The Birth of a Guitar (Part VII)

Now that the guitar is all put together, it is ready to be finished and set up. The first step to finishing is pore filling the hardwood. We make a pore fill for each type of wood using joint compound and a variety of colored dyes. This cherry pore fill looks very...