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  • Title: Guitar Building: Acoustic Guitar Building, Electric Guitar Making, Archtop Guitar Building, Guitar Repair, Violin Making, Dulcimer Making, Mandolin Building, Banjo Building, Drum Making!
    Descriptive info: .. The Musical Instrument Makers Forum.. Acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, archtop guitar building, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, banjo building, or any other type of lutherie; pickup winding and rewinding; drum making; flute and recorder making and repair; brass instrument building and repair; and more.. We invite you to participate on the.. Musical Instrument Makers Forum.. , an interactive forum for the discussion of musical instrument construction, design and repair; welcoming builders of all instruments at any skill level from expert to wannabe.. For fifteen years the web's premier site for instrument builders.. gratefully acknowledges the financial support of our sponsors:.. Who Are We And What Do We Do?.. is an online community of people who build or who want to build musical instruments, and have questions to ask or information to share about construction, design or repair.. Our ranks include those who have not yet built any instrument, those who are just starting out in instrument making, dedicated hobbyists, and part-time and full-time professionals.. After eight years online we have a large Library of archived discussions containing over 10,000 files.. You must register as a MIMForum member to gain access to our Library, but registration is free.. If this is your first visit here and you are new to instrument building, we suggest you start by reading our.. New Builders' miniFAQ.. : answers to the questions most frequently asked by those who  ...   Mark Swanson of.. Mark Swanson Music.. Amy Hopkins of.. Stringed Instrument Repairs.. Jason Lollar of.. Lollar Guitars.. Bill Machrone.. Larry Clinton.. Julian Barton.. Barry Daniels.. Dale Belcher.. And MIMForum sponsor.. Stewart-MacDonald's Guitar Shop Supply.. This was the result of their hard work:.. Featured Discussion:.. We have many talented members.. Here is an example of Amy Hopkin's original inlay work.. SERVICES on the MIMForum:.. Of course there's our.. Forum.. , but in addition to that.. The MIMForum New Builders' miniFAQ!.. Answers to the questions most frequently asked by those who are new to the art and craft of building musical instruments, written by the.. MIMForum.. membership.. The MIMForum BuzzFAQ!.. We help you find and fix that pesky buzz!.. Help support the MIMForum!.. You can help support this worthy endeavor by making your online purchases from the.. MIMForum Bookstore.. and.. MIMForum Tool Store.. Using the MIMForum:.. There are no requirements or fees to use our.. The MIMForum New Builders' miniFAQ.. has answers to the questions most frequently asked by those who are new to the art and craft of building musical instruments, written by the.. If you're a newbie, please read the.. miniFAQ.. before.. you ask your questions on the.. Please.. DO NOT.. e-mail your instrument-related questions directly to the sysop, who will not answer them! Post them on the.. Thanks.. Charlie Schultz.. , MIMForum admin.. Enter the Musical Instrument Makers Forum.. ©.. , 1997-2012,.. all rights reserved..

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  • Title: MIMF • Index page
    Descriptive info: MIMF.. an interactive forum for the discussion of musical instrument design, construction, and repair.. Skip to content.. Advanced search.. Board index.. Change font size.. MIMF Book store.. •.. MIMF Tool store.. MIMF Links.. FAQ.. Register.. Login.. We thank our sponsors:.. Stewart-MacDonald Guitar Shop Supply.. , everything for building and repairing string instruments.. Alaska Specialty Woods.. , soundboard woods for acoustic instruments.. It is currently Sat Oct 12, 2013 7:45 am.. View unanswered posts.. View active topics.. Topics.. Posts.. Last post.. Forum Rules.. If you have not read the MIMForum FAQ and the MIMForum Policy Statement, please do so now!.. 2.. by.. Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:11 pm.. Frequently Asked Questions.. New Builder's miniFAQ , Going full-time pro miniFAQ , Buzz FAQ , Posting photos , Interviews.. The MIMF library is also available to registered and logged in members.. 7.. 11.. Thu Jan 03, 2013 12:38 pm.. The Soundhole.. Talk with the MIMForum staff! This is the section for discussing the workings of this forum.. Your suggestions always welcome!.. Subforum:.. Introduce yourself here!.. 42.. 206.. Jason Rodgers.. Fri Oct 04, 2013 8:31 pm.. Auctions.. You must be a legitimately registered MIMF member to participate in our actions.. The auction is closed!.. 15.. 85.. David Ackley.. Wed Jul 24, 2013 4:53 pm.. Challenges.. The Reclaimed Materials Challenge is closed.. Subforums:.. The Local Materials Challenge (Closed).. ,.. The Reclaimed Materials Challenge.. 34.. 969.. Hans Bezemer.. Wed Sep 04, 2013 4:28 am.. Flat-Top Acoustic Guitars and Bass Guitars.. Please put your pickup/wiring discussions in the Electronics section; and put discussions about repair issues, including fixing errors in new instruments, in the Repairs section.. 367.. 4452.. Tom West.. Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:36 pm.. Solid-Body and Chambered or Semi-Solid Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars.. Please put your pickup/wiring discussions in the Electronics section; and put discussions about repair issues, including disappearing errors in new instruments, in the Repairs section.. 3984.. Eric Schmitt.. Fri Oct 11, 2013 10:15 pm.. Archtop Guitars and Bass Guitars.. 72.. 784.. Michael Lewis.. Sat Oct 12, 2013 1:46 am.. Bowed Stringed Instruments and Bows.. Please put any questions about repairing your instrument or the finish on it in our Repairs section.. 48.. 585.. Chet Bishop.. Thu Oct 10, 2013 1:18 pm.. Other Stringed Instruments.. If it's not a guitar or a bass guitar discussion, and it's got strings, put it here.. 111.. 1194.. Barry Guest.. Thu Oct  ...   ON SCRAP FIRST! If your question is about repair work, either regluing or refinishing, please post it in our Repair Section.. 187.. 1747.. Alan Carruth.. Fri Oct 04, 2013 12:57 pm.. Classified Ads.. Registered members only may use this section for placing free, non-commercial ads for tangible goods.. 24.. 56.. Joshua Levin-Epstein.. Mon Sep 16, 2013 4:56 am.. Builders' Supplies and Services.. Registered members, you may place your commercial ads here (there are no longer any fees for this).. Please send your info to the sys admin or one of the moderators.. The.. MIMF plans.. are here.. And the occasional help wanted.. 12.. Thu Aug 01, 2013 2:59 pm.. Jam Session.. The place to chat with your fellow MIMForum members about whatever you want that doesn't relate to instruments, or isn't specific to one instrument family.. Pull up a chair, grab a cold one out of the virtual 'fridge, and tell your friends what's on your mind.. Builder's Groups.. 175.. 1411.. Mon Oct 07, 2013 5:43 am.. MIMF Projects.. MIMF Bass 2001.. Here's the story of the first MIMF member-built bass, auctioned off a few years back.. MIMF Bass 2012.. Check out this awesome bass built by our members!.. Total redirects: 3456.. MIMF Archtop.. In progress, you can see the discussion here:.. viewtopic.. php?f=5 t=540.. Hurricane Katrina Volunteer Work.. With support from MIMF members, staff member Amy Hopkins helps restore Sunpie and Maria Barnes' New Orleans home.. Nashville Volunteer Work.. Amy and other MIMFers help the Searcy's after the Nashville floods.. Username:.. Password:.. |.. Log me on automatically each visit.. Who is online.. In total there are.. 14.. users online :: 1 registered, 0 hidden and 13 guests (based on users active over the past 5 minutes).. Most users ever online was.. 101.. on Fri Aug 30, 2013 9:42 pm.. Registered users:.. Jens Poulsen.. Legend:.. Administrators.. Global moderators.. Registered users.. Statistics.. Total posts.. 23418.. Total topics.. 2158.. Total members.. 2798.. Our newest member.. william sparrow.. Icon Legend.. New posts.. No new posts.. Forum locked.. Your purchase from these sites helps support the MIMForum, but only if you start at the links below!!!..    .. 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  • Title: MIMForum Bookstore: books on guitar building, and more!
    Descriptive info: In association with.. Amazon Books.. The MIMForum Bookstore.. offers books on musical instrument construction relating to guitar building, violin making and other forms of lutherie, woodwinds and brass, keyboards, experimental musical instruments; as well as a broad selection of books on acoustical physics and the physics of music.. Amazon has ended their premium rate for "Direct Links" so you no longer need to keep returning to this page in order to earn us the highest possible commission.. You.. do.. need to accept the cookies Amazon sends your computer so their software can keep track of you and know you came from here.. You'll only see the cookies if you have set your browser to notify you when a cookie is sent.. If you want a book that's not listed here please give us 24 hours to add it to this page.. Have suggestions for books we should offer? We want to know that too.. And we welcome your reviews of any of these books, positive or negative, as an aid to your fellow Forum participants.. You may post any comments on the.. or e-mail them to the.. sysop.. Please note the following important points!!.. Although Amazon recommends their associates.. not.. post prices (because they can change), we have decided it's in your best interests to have at least an.. approximation.. of the prices, so they are listed below but may be out-of-date.. If you find a discrepancy please.. let us know.. Other information that we hope you will find useful is included as well.. Can't figure out why we'd list a particular book here? Someone asked us to! Notice multiple listing? Either they're hardcover and paperback editions of the same book, or more than one volume of a particular title, different editions of the same book, or for some unknown reason have different ISBN numbers.. Or a mistake.. ;-).. Available books, by category:.. Magazine Subscriptions.. General Instrument Construction.. Guitars.. Bowed String Instruments.. Other String Instruments.. Keyboards (pianos, player pianos, organs).. Wind Instruments.. Experimental/Miscellaneous Instruments.. Acoustics, Physics, and Music Theory.. General Music and Instruments.. Miscellaneous.. Tools and Toolmaking, Wood and Woodworking Books and Videos.. (now a separate page).. Search the Amazon Catalog.. Acoustic Guitar.. Guitar Player.. Fingerstyle Guitar.. Vintage Guitar.. Bass Player.. Bass Guitar.. Bluegrass Unlimited.. The Strad.. Strings.. Folk Harp Journal.. Dulcimer Players News.. Fine Woodworking.. American Woodworker.. Woodwork.. The Art of Inlay: Design and Technique for Fine Woodworking.. by Larry Robinson.. List Price: $19.. 95.. Our Price: $15.. 96.. You Save: $3.. 99 (20%).. Paperback - 112 pages.. Miller Freeman Books.. ISBN: 0879305959.. Cool Cardboard Instruments to Make & Play.. by Dennis Waring.. Our Price: $19.. Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours.. Hardcover - 80 pages.. ISBN: 1895569621.. Great Folk Instruments to Make & Play.. by Dennis Waring.. List Price: $14.. Our Price: $13.. 45.. You Save: $1.. 50 (10%).. Paperback - 128 pages.. Sterling Publications.. ISBN: 1895569435.. This is a reprint of his earlier edition of the book, first called "Making Folk Instruments in Wood" (published by Sterling), then "Making Wood Folk Instruments" (published by Music Sales Corp, below, same price).. I believe there was also an edition published by Oak.. As far as I know this is his only book on the subject, so if you already have one it's probably an earlier edition of this one.. One of our members has confirmed that this book is the revised edition: some of the designs have been refined, and there are color pictures.. The one below, however, is 160 pages long.. How to Improve the Resonance Conditions of Musical Instruments by Vibration Dedamping.. by Prof.. A.. v.. Reumont, Lothar Tews (Translator).. Our Price: $29.. Availability: This title usually ships within 4-6 weeks.. Please note that titles occasionally go out of print or publishers run out of stock.. We will notify you within 2-3 weeks if we have trouble obtaining this title.. Paperback - 65 pages.. Henry Strobel, Publisher.. ISBN: 1892210029.. The Larsons' Creations: Guitars and Mandolins.. by Robert Carl Hartman.. Our Price: $39.. Audio CD with Book - 208 pages.. ISBN: 0931759773.. Left-Brain Lutherie.. by David Hurd.. List Price: $55.. 00.. Price: $55.. 00 & This item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.. See details.. Edition: Paperback.. ISBN: 0976088304.. The Luthier's Handbook.. by Roger H.. Siminoff.. List Price: $22.. Our Price: $16.. 06.. You Save: $6.. 89 (30%).. ISBN: 0634014684.. Luthiers Scrap Book: Being a Collection of Short 'How to Do It' Articles and Bits of Information Pertaining to the Making and Restoration of Instruments.. by Harry S.. Wake.. List: $18.. 50.. Our Price: $18.. Paperback.. Published by Vitali Import Company, Inc.. ISBN: 0960704825.. Making Musical Instruments by Hand: Featuring 45 Exotic Musical Instruments.. by Jay Havighurst (Illustrator).. List Price: $24.. 99.. You Save: $5.. 00 (20%).. Availability: This title usually ships within 2-3 days.. Paperback - 108 pages.. ISBN: 1564963527.. The Making of Stringed Instruments: A Workshop Guide.. by George Buchanan.. List Price: $29.. 95.. Price: $29.. Availability: Usually ships within 24 hours.. Paperback: 208 pages.. ISBN: 0713481404.. Making Wood Folk Instruments.. Paperback - 160 pages.. ISBN: 0806974826.. See also "Great Wood Folk Instruments to Make & Play" above -- to the best of my knowledge, they are different editions of the same book.. Musical Instrument Design: Practical Information for Instrument Making.. by Bart Hopkin.. List: $19.. 99 (20%).. ISBN: 1884365086.. I find it very informative and surprisingly comprehensive.. It's kind of fun also.. As to a second reading, it seems like the kind of book that you find something new in each time you open it.. I am still browsing but learning new things each time.. --Gerry Rosenthal.. The Syntagma Musicum: Volume Two, De Organographia, First and Second Parts.. by Michael Praetorius.. Hardcover Vol 002.. ISBN: 030670563X.. (.. Resophonic Builders:.. see the.. section of this page for books on metal spinning and electroplating.. ).. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!.. History of the American Guitar.. by Tony Bacon.. Our Price: $20.. You Save: $8.. 99 (30%).. Paperback - 128 pages.. (my copy with this same ISBN is hardcover, not paperback).. ISBN: 1586632973.. IMPORTANT NOTE:.. we are informed by a member that this is a re-issue of "The Chinery Collection: 150 Years of the American Guitar" with a new introduction and title.. If you already have "The Chinery Collection," you won't want to buy this.. WOW!.. If you liked the.. Dangerous Curves.. book or exhibit, you will LOVE this book! It's better than.. (below) in that is has much better photographs, many on bi-fold pages that fold out for a picture that's twice as big as a normal book would allow, with more historical information.. There are also photographs of other important instruments made by many of the companies featured in the book: mandolins, banjos, ukuleles.. If you love American fretted instruments, you'll flip over this book!.. Dangerous Curves: The Art of the Guitar.. by Darcy Kuronen, Lenny Kaye, Carl Tremblay (Photographer).. List Price: $45.. Our Price: $36.. You Save: $9.. Hardcover - 224 pages.. ISBN: 0878464786.. Paperback - 224 pages.. ISBN: 0878464859.. The book published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, in conjunction with their exhibit of the same name.. A MUST-HAVE book if you love guitars! --Deb Suran, sysop.. The Acoustic Guitar: Adjustment, Care, Maintenance and Repair.. by Don E.. Teeter.. List: $27.. Our Price: $22.. 36.. 59 (20%).. Availability: This title usually ships within 24 hours.. ISBN: 0806128143.. Acquired of the Angels: The Lives and Works of Master Guitar Makers John D'Angelico and James L.. D'Aquisto.. by Paul Schmidt.. List Price: $53.. Price: $37.. 10 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.. Details.. You Save: $15.. 90 (30%).. Hardcover: 232 pages.. ISBN-10: 1578860024.. ISBN-13: 978-1578860029.. The Amp Book: A Guitarist's Introductory Guide to Tube Amplifiers.. by Donald Brosnac.. Our Price: $10.. Paperback Reprint edition.. ISBN: 0933224052.. Art & Craft of Making Classical Guitars.. by Rodriquez.. Price: $13.. 97.. 98 (30%).. Availability: This item has not yet been released.. You may order it now and Amazon will ship it to you when it arrives.. Paperback: 148 pages.. ISBN: 0634063138.. This book has been in print for years now.. It has been translated from Spanish to English, German, Italian, etc.. The book does not teach (as Cumpiano's) how to make guitars.. It is a narrative of the life of Manuel Rodriguez as told by himself.. Some good history of the guitar with names included.. It is good reading material, especially for those who want to know how a Spanish luthier makes his Spanish guitars, it is not an excellent teaching book.. -- Pepe Vergara.. The Art of Guitar / El Arte De La Guitarra.. by Maria Isabel Lopez Gonzalvez (Editor, Illustrator).. List Price: $32.. 00.. Price: $32.. Paperback: 122 pages.. Language: Spanish, English.. ISBN: 8493398624.. Beauty of the 'Burst: Gibson Sunburst Les Pauls from '58 to '60.. by Yasuhiko Iwanade.. List Price: $34.. Price: $24.. 47.. You Save: $10.. 48 (30%).. Paperback - 216 pages.. ISBN: 0793573742.. Blue Guitar.. by Ken Vose, Leslie Jean-Bart.. Hardcover - 131 pages.. ISBN: 0811819124.. Build Your Own Acoustic Guitar: Complete Instructions and Full-Size Plans.. by Jonathan Kinkead.. List Price: $27.. Price: $19.. 56.. 39 (30%).. Paperback: 160 pages.. ISBN: 0634054635.. Building Electric Guitars: How to Make Solid-Body, Hollow-Body and Semi-Acoustic Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars.. by Martin Koch.. Our Price: $27.. Paperback: 235 pages.. ISBN: 3901314075.. Chris J.. Knutsen: From Harp Guitars to the New Hawaiian Family.. by George T.. Noe (Photographer), Daniel L.. Most.. Our Price: $44.. Paperback - 190 pages.. ISBN: 0967483301.. This book tells the story of Chris J.. Knutsen, and the story of the Hawaiian steel guitar and its development.. The authors spent countless hours researching Knutsen's life and work, and have documented most of the models of instruments he made.. Also included is extensive information about Weissenborn guitars.. The book contains excellent photographs and many important measurements.. An excellent resource for those interested in Knudsen-built and Weissenborn-style guitars.. -- Glenn Uhler and Gary Anwyl.. Clapton's Guitar: Watching Wayne Henderson Build the Perfect Instrument.. by Allen St.. John.. List Price: $25.. Price: $16.. 50 (34%).. Ships from and sold by Amazon.. com.. Hardcover: 288 pages.. ISBN: 0743266358.. St.. John is the sports writer for the Wall Street Journal, which is a little weird, but he knows his acoustic guitars, especially prewar Martins.. He identifies Wayne Henderson as the premier builder of guitars in that tradition and spends a couple of months, on and off, in Hendersonâ s Virginia shop, eating sausage biscuits, jamming, and swapping fart jokes.. He manages to get on Hendersonâ s 10-year waiting list for a guitar, convinces him to build a pair of OMs for Clapton (one to play, one to auction for the Crossroads Center), and pays homage to a true American craftsman.. I donâ t know if he ever uses the word â luthier.. â St.. John really captures the unique juxtaposition of Hendersonâ s modest lifestyle and some of the top-of-the-food-chain musicians he builds for.. You can practically smell the Brazilian rosewood in the pages.. Buy this one for yourself or give it as a gift.. -- Bill Machrone.. Classic Guitar Construction.. by Irving Sloane.. Availability: This title is currently on back order.. We do not have a reprint date for this title, but we expect to be able to ship it to you within 3-5 weeks.. Paperback Revised edition.. ISBN: 0933224141.. Complete Guitar Repair.. by Hideo Kamimoto.. Our Price: $24.. Paperback, 160 pages.. ISBN: 0825601568.. Constructing a Solid Body Guitar: A Complete Technical Guide.. Paperback, 64 pages.. ISBN: 0881884510.. Custom Guitars: A Complete Guide to Contemporary Handcrafted Guitars (Acoustic Guitar Guides).. Our Price: $23.. Paperback - 150 pages.. String Letter Pr; ISBN: 1890490296.. Customising Your Electric Guitar.. by Adrian Legg.. Our Price: $14.. Paperback - 64 pages.. ISBN: 082562262X.. D.. I.. Y Guitar Repair.. by Pieter J.. Fillet.. Our Price: $5.. ISBN: 0825623456.. Note that the author has posted a review of his book at the amazon website, which describes the contents in some detail.. Do-It-Yourself Projects for Guitarists: 35 Useful, Inexpensive Projects That Help You Unlock Your Instrument's Potential.. by Craig Anderton.. Paperback.. ISBN: 087930359X.. It's Easy to Build Your Own Lap Steel Guitar (Paperback).. 20.. Paperback: 120 pages.. ISBN: 3901314091.. Electric Guitar Handbook.. by Richard Riley.. List Price: $17.. 59 (20%).. ISBN: 187842761X.. Electric Guitar Setups.. List: $17.. Paperback, 84 pages.. ISBN: 0825613795.. The Gibson Super 400: Art of the Fine Guitar.. by Thomas A.. Van Hoose, George Gruhn.. Availability: Usually ships within 2 to 3 weeks.. ISBN: 0879303441.. Guitar Electronics for Musicians.. ISBN: 0711902321.. Fequently recommended on the MIMForum as the best book for those who need an introduction to the subject of pickups and wiring, while still "dense" enough for the more experienced, with plenty of wiring schematics for the DIYer.. The Guitar Maker's Manual.. by Jim Williams.. Paperback, 112 pages.. ISBN: 0958907501.. The Guitar Maker's Workshop.. by Rik Middleton.. List Price: $35.. Our Price: $35.. Availability: Usually ships within 4 days.. Hardcover.. ISBN: 1861260407.. A Guitarmaker's Canvas: The Inlay Art of Grit Laskin.. by Grit Laskin.. List Price: $49.. Price: $34.. You Save: $14.. Hardcover: 160 pages.. ISBN: 0879307560.. Guitar Player Repair Guide: How to Set-Up, Maintain, and Repair Electrics and Acoustics.. by Dan Erlewine.. You Save: $4.. Paperback - 309 pages.. Miller Freeman Pub.. ISBN: 0879302917.. Guitar Repair : A Manual of Repair for Guitars and Fretted Instruments.. ISBN: 093322415X.. Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construction of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar.. by William R.. Cumpiano, Jonathan D.. Natelson.. List: $29.. Paperback, 388 pages.. ISBN: 0811806405.. Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology: A Complete Reference for the Design & Construciton of the Steel-String Folk Guitar & the Classical Guitar.. List: $40.. Hardcover, 387 pages.. ISBN: 0811806154.. How to Make Your Electric Guitar Play Great! The Electric Guitar Owner's Manual.. Paperback - 138 pages.. ISBN: 0879306017.. Great for beginning builders and tinkerers alike.. Lots of great set ups of the famous, Eric Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughn for example.. It covers the guitar from top to bottom.. Strat, Tele and tunomatic bridges are covered in detail, their faults and how to rectify them.. Who would have thought of wrapping the strings over the stop tail piece and then over the tunomatic bridge in order to improve tone.. not me! -- Andy Tymon.. An Introduction to Scientific Guitar Design.. ISBN: 093322401X.. Make Your Own Electric Guitar.. by Melvyn Hiscock.. 25.. 25 (30%).. ISBN: 0953104907.. Our members consider this the "bible" of electric guitar building.. A must-have if you want to build an electric.. --Deb Suran.. Make Your Own Electric Guitar & Bass.. by Dennis Waring, David Raymond, Thomas Randall (Introduction).. List Price: $18.. 26.. 69 (30%).. Availability: Usually ships within 2 to 3 days.. Paperback - 96 pages.. ISBN: 1895569702.. This book only focuses on building a bolt on strat clone with humbuckers and a neck-through bass, but the color photos and electronics content are superb and worth the price of admission alone.. It's not all-inclusive however (the section on finishing for example is very basic) and should be thought of as a suppliment to books by Hiscock, Benedetto, etc.. --John Chamberlain.. Making A Laminated Hollowbody Electric Guitar.. by Jim English.. 95 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.. Paperback: 174 pages.. ISBN: 1418451355.. Making an Archtop Guitar.. by Robert Benedetto.. List: $39.. You Save: $11.. Paperback, 260 pages.. ISBN: 1574240005.. Making Master Guitars.. by Roy Courtnall.. Our Price: $99.. ISBN: 0709048092.. The Martin Book: A Complete History of Martin Guitars.. by Walter Carter.. 07.. 88 (30%).. Availability: On Order; usually ships within 1-2 weeks.. Hardcover - 108 pages.. ISBN: 0879303549.. The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance.. by Dave Burrluck.. Hardcover - 84 pages.. ISBN: 0879305495.. Steel-String Guitar Construction: Acoustic Six-String, Twelve-String, and Arched-Top Guitars.. ISBN: 0933224168.. ISBN: 0933224192.. The Steel String Guitar: Construction & Repair.. by David Russell Young.. List: $21.. Our Price: $21.. ISBN: 0933224087.. Step-by-Step Guitar Making.. by Alex Willis.. Price: $17.. 90.. 05 (22%).. Availability: Usually ships within 3 to 6 weeks.. Paperback: 144 pages.. ISBN-10: 156523331X.. ISBN-13: 978-1565233317.. Tube Amp Talk for the Guitarist and Tech.. by Gerald Weber..  ...   - 271 pages.. ISBN: 0486273318.. This book is a great introduction to musical acoustics.. It is fun to read, and easier to understand than Benade's "Musical Acoustics" textbook [above].. It provides excellent illustrations, and goes into details on how to make a clarinet or flute out of lucite or some other plastic.. Every instrument designer should have a copy.. The book covers the human ear, and as the title says: horns, strings, and harmony.. --Charlie Jackson.. Measured Tones: The Interplay of Physics and Music.. by Ian H.. Johnston.. List: $37.. Our Price: $37.. Paperback, 408 pages.. ISBN: 0852742363.. Music, Sound, and Technology.. by John M.. Eargle.. List: $62.. Our Price: $62.. Hardcover, 341 pages.. ISBN: 0442020341.. Music, Physics and Engineering.. by Harry Ferdinand Olson.. ISBN: 0486217698.. Musical Acoustics.. by Donald E.. Hall.. Our Price: $81.. Hardcover - 475 pages.. ISBN: 0534132480.. The Physics and Psychophysics of Music: An Introduction.. by Juan G.. Roederer.. ISBN: 0387943668.. The Physics of Musical Instruments.. by Neville H.. Fletcher, Thomas D.. Rossing.. List: $69.. Usually ships within 24 hours.. Hardcover, 580 pages.. ISBN: 0387983740.. The Physics of Sound.. by Richard E.. Berg, David G.. Stork.. List: $75.. Our Price: $75.. Hardcover, 383 pages.. ISBN: 0131830473.. The Science of Musical Sound.. by John Robinson Pierce.. Paperback, 270 pages.. ISBN: 0716760053.. The Science of Sound.. by Thomas D.. Rossing.. Our Price: $72.. Hardcover - 686 pages.. ISBN: 0201157276.. Vibrations and Waves.. by Anthony P.. French.. ISBN: 0393099369.. A very good introduction to vibration theory.. Intended for first or second year undergraduates, it requires a knowledge of elementary calculus and basic mechanics, but does a good job of building up from fairly simple principles.. Instead of just throwing in the harmonic oscillator equation it also goes into forced oscillations, resonances, coupled oscillators, wave packets, boundaries and all that good stuff.. There are nice clear discussions of the physical concepts leading to and resulting from all the math.. Most of it is limited to one dimensional problems so the equations never get too hairy.. Theory of Sound, Volume 1.. by Strutt Rayleigh.. ISBN: 0486602923.. Theory of Sound, Volume 2.. by Strutt Rayleigh.. List Price: $12.. ISBN: 0486602931.. Acoustic Guitars and Other Fretted Instruments: A Photographic History.. by George Gruhn, Walter Carter (Contributor).. Paperback - 320 pages.. ISBN: 0879304936.. by George Gruhn, Walter Carter (Contributor).. This title is currently not available.. The publisher is out of stock.. If you would like to purchase this title, we recommend that you occasionally check this page to see if it's been reprinted.. Hardcover - 313 pages.. ISBN: 0879302402.. America's Instrument: The Banjo in the Ninteenth Century.. by Philip F.. Gura, James F.. Bollman.. You Save: $13.. Hardcover - 400 pages.. ISBN: 0807824844.. American Guitars: An Illustrated History.. by Tom Wheeler.. Our Price: $25.. 60.. 40 (20%).. Paperback - 384 pages.. ISBN: 0062731548.. Antonio Stradivari, His Life and Work, 1644-1737.. by William Henry, Hill, Alfred E.. Hill, Arthur F.. Hill.. List Price: $10.. Our Price: $8.. ISBN: 0486204251.. Appalachian Dulcimer Traditions (American Folk Music and Folk Musicians, No.. 2).. by Ralph Lee Smith.. Our Price: $34.. ISBN: 0810833786.. The Art of Contemporary Travis Picking (Book & Cassette).. by Mark Hanson.. Book & Cassette Edition.. ISBN: 0936799005.. Banjo Case Chord Book.. by Larry Sandberg.. Paperback - 48 pages.. ISBN: 0825623774.. Basics: 300 exercises and practice routines for the violin.. by Simon Fischer.. Usually ships within 4 to 5 weeks.. ISBN: 1901507009.. Brass Instruments: Their History and Development.. by Anthony Baines.. Paperback - 300 pages.. ISBN: 0486275744.. A Collection of Fine Spanish Guitars from Torres to the Present.. by Sheldon Urlik.. Our Price: $119.. 95 (!).. ISBN: 0966077105.. Didgeridoo Package With Audio CD.. by Dirk Schellberg, Schellberg Barramundi.. Paperback - 158 pages.. ISBN: 9074597084.. Epiphone: The House of Stathopoulo.. by Jim Fisch, L.. B.. Fred.. Paperback - 240 pages.. ISBN: 0825614538.. Fender Stratocaster.. by A.. R.. Duchossoir.. ISBN: 0793547350.. The Fender Telecaster.. Duchoissoir, Albert Lee.. Paperback - 80 pages.. ISBN: 0793508606.. 50 Years of Fender: Half a Century of the Greatest Electric Guitars.. by Tony Bacon, Paul Day.. ISBN: 0879306211.. 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Another chapter on wiring explains how a kiln should not heat up too fast, and gives you the circuit to allow for the slow buildup of heat.. Another chapter on construction shows you how to grind the grooves in the soft firebrick where the heating element goes.. Build your furnace for around $100 in parts! -- Michael Mandaville.. How to Build a Small Budget Recording Studio from Scratch.. , With 12 Tested Designs.. by Frederick Alton Everest, Alton F.. Everest, Michael Shea (Contributor).. Paperback - 295 pages.. ISBN: 0830629661.. Hypnosis for Change.. by Josie Hadley, Carol Staudacher (Contributor).. Price: $11.. 87.. 08 (30%).. ISBN: 1572240571.. Ic Op-Amp Cookbook.. by Walter G.. Jung.. ISBN: 0138896011.. The Law (In Plain English) for Crafts.. by Leonard D.. Duboff.. 05.. 90 (10%).. ISBN: 1581150164.. It covers most everything you could think of that could apply to a professional instrument making business, whether individual, partnership or small company.. Of particular interest to the luthier would be the sections on business structure, consignment, warranties, reducing taxes, operating the business in your home, (or in a separate shop on your land) from both a tax point of view and local ordinances, getting paid (can't forget that!), hazard and liability insurance, and possible commercial leases.. There are no specific luthiery (lutherie?) examples given but it's easy to make the transfer conceptually.. It also lists examples of many different legal forms in an appendix at the end of the book.. Having said that, this book will not replace an accountant or a lawyer and is not intended to; it does however lay out a lot of detail in concise language, not legalese, and I found it easy to understand.. I'm glad I bought it -- David Root.. Make Your Harmonica Work Better.. by Douglas Tate, Larry Adler.. Paperback - 56 pages.. ISBN: 1574240625.. Making More Wooden Mechanical Models.. by Alan Bridgewater, Gill Bridgewater.. ISBN: 1558705082.. Music, the Brain, and Ecstasy; How Music Captures Our Imagination.. by Robert Jourdain.. Hardcover - 320 pages.. ISBN: 0688142362.. An extremely in depth and well researched book looking at music, from the very basics of the nature of sound and the physiology of hearing, on to the role music plays in our lives, and ultimately the phychological effects of music.. Robert Jourdain has drawn many intriguing and memorable parallells between music and speech, language as well as very detailed discussions on rythm, harmony composition.. --Marc Novoselec.. The Nature and Aesthetics of Design.. by David Pye.. Publisher: Cambium Press; Reprint edition.. ISBN: 0964399911.. The Nature and Art of Workmanship.. Paperback: 143 pages.. Publisher: Cambium Press; Revised edition.. ISBN: 0964399903.. The New Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.. by Betty Edwards.. Paperback - 291 pages.. ISBN: 0874774241.. ISBN: 0874774195.. Painting Materials: A Short Encyclopedia.. by Rutherford J.. Gettens, George L.. Stout.. ISBN: 0486215970.. A comprehensive index of the physical characteristics of artists' materials in easily-understandable form, covering almost every material used at one time or another by artists.. It's not a how-to-do book, but is rather a reference source for those with specific questions about a material.. See also "The Artist's Handbook of Materials and Techniques" above.. The Relaxation Response.. by Herbert Benson (Author), Miriam Z.. Klipper (Author).. List Price: $6.. Price: $6.. Paperback: 240 pages.. ISBN: 0380006766.. Strength of Materials.. by Jacob P.. Den Hartog.. ISBN: 0486607550.. Tan Your Hide! Home Tanning Leathers and Furs.. by Phyllis Hobson, Steven M.. Edwards.. List Price: $11.. Paperback - 144 pages.. ISBN: 0882661019.. Under the Sign of the Big Fiddle: The R.. Williams Family, Manufacturers and Collectors of Musical Instruments.. by Ladislav Cselenyi-Granch.. ISBN: 1896219179.. This is a short book about a family of builders and collectors of musical instruments.. Upon the dissolution of the R.. Williams Company (1931), the private collection of viols and historically important other instruments, letters, portraits, were donated to the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada.. The past curator of the Central European Department, and author, Ladislav Cselenyi-Granch wrote this historical account.. Williams jr.. was the consummate collector.. He travelled Europe extensively and had a long and fruitful relationship with W.. E.. Hill and Sons of London, England.. Only first rate instruments were traded and as a result, important examples of Italian, French, English, German makers were aquired.. This book points to that collection and reveals their location.. These instruments are there to be admired and studied by professional makers and amateur music lovers alike.. The book sadly lacks any images of the collection itself.. As to who would be inclined to purchase this book, I would think those owning a Williams piano, organ, guitar or other instrument and wanting the connection to the past.. Secondly.. people who enjoy biographies.. Since Canadian dollars are worthless, I found it a good value at $20.. 00 can.. (or cheaper).. --Roman Tarnovetsky.. Top of Page.. Go To.. Page.. Search the entire.. amazon.. catalog for books, tools, music CDs, videos, and more!.. Search:.. All Products.. Books.. Popular Music.. Classical Music.. Video.. Toys.. Consumer Electronics.. Tools.. Enter keywords.. 1998-2005.. All rights reserved.. �..

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    Descriptive info: The MIMForum Tool Store.. allows you to help support the.. by making purchases through Amazon.. com or Rockler Tools.. Be sure to compare prices before you buy! We get a better commission from Rockler, so if the prices are the same or nearly so buying from Rockler will earn us more money.. Rockler.. com must set cookies in order to track your origin from the MIMForum links, amazon.. com does not require that you allow cookies to be set.. In order to make it easier for you to start out in the right area of these online stores, the following links to are provided for your convenience.. Thanks for your support of the.. !!.. Rockler Tools.. is a well-known mail-order tool outfit with a relatively well-rounded selection of tools.. They offer a.. free paper catalog.. if you want one.. Rockler Tools Homepage.. Microplane Rotary Shaper.. (chucks into  ...   com's tool inventory is the one carried by Tool Crib of the North, a decent supplier.. By starting your search for the tools you need using the links on this page, we get a flat 5% commission on anything you buy.. Just starting out on this page, or at the search box on the.. Bookstore.. pages or below, adds our website information to your purchase of tools and earns us the commission.. Folks have had a hard time finding this tool in the past, we're glad to see that it's now available through Amazon.. com:.. Grizzly Drill Press Safety Planer.. And when you need them:.. Grizzly Drill Press Safety Planer Replacement Cutters.. com Tools and Hardware Top Page.. Power Tools Top Page.. Drills and Drill Bits.. Routers, Laminate Trimmers, and Bits.. Cordless Tools.. Hand Tools Top Page.. Measuring Instruments.. Vacuums and Dust Collectors.. Musical Instrument Makers Forum.. 2005..

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  • Title: Guitar Building: Acoustic Guitar Building, Electric Guitar Making, Guitar Repair, Violin Making, Dulcimer Making, Mandolin Building, Drum Making!
    Descriptive info: MIMForum Links, Page 1.. We link to over 400 pages on acoustic guitar building, electric guitar making, violin making, dulcimer making, mandolin building, and all other types of lutherie; pickup making, winding, and rewinding; flute, recorder, and bagpipe making; brass instrument building and repair; drum making; experimental musical instruments construction and design; as well as pages on woodworking, metalworking, and guitar finishing and refinishing.. We list these webpages as a service to folks visiting.. , whom we assume are here because of an interest in building musical instruments.. Therefore these links are heavily weighted towards pages that provide information for instrument builders and musicians, with a few non-musical sites we have found useful thrown in for good measure.. We do not include commercial sites that are little more than advertisements for a particular product or service but only link to sites that are themselves valuable resources and/or have useful links pages.. Note that overseas sites may load slowly, or not at all.. We hope you find these pages useful and will.. e-mail.. us if you find any broken links or have new links to recommend.. Please DO NOT ask us to link to your website unless it includes.. significant.. online instructional resources for instrument builders, and is pop-up free! We're not interested in promoting your website, but in helping our members and visitors find online information about how to build musical instruments.. Thanks for stopping by, and if you want to discuss instrument making we hope to see you on our.. !.. Links Pages Contents.. Page 1:.. Acknowledgements.. For The Builder.. General and Miscellaneous.. General Lutherie.. Acoustic and Electric Guitars and Bass Guitars.. Other Fretted Instruments.. Non-Fretted Stringed Instruments.. Woodwinds and Brass.. General Interest.. Flutes, Recorders, and Whistles.. Bagpipes.. Brass and Other Horns.. Reeds and Reed Instruments.. Page 2:.. For The Builder, Continued.. Percussion.. Woods and Woodworking.. Finishing and Refinishing.. Tools and Toolmaking.. Music and Instrument Links.. Specific Instrument Links, alphabetically by instrument type.. Other Music and Instrument Links.. Other Useful Links.. Help support the MIMForum by supporting our sponsors:.. , wood, kits, and supplies for building fretted and bowed instruments.. , books on musical instrument construction, general woodworking, and acoustical physics.. Order your woodworking tools and supplies from the.. and help support the.. General and Miscellaneous:.. , the Web's only interactive forum for the discussion of musical instrument construction, design and repair; welcoming builders of all instruments at any skill level from expert to wannabe.. : answers to the questions most frequently asked by those who are new to the art and craft of building musical instruments, written by the.. Also see our new.. BuzzFAQ.. : how to find and fix that pesky buzz.. Dennis Havlena.. has instructions for building lots of low-cost instruments including hurdy-hurdy, kora, kalimba, tin whistle, banjo, bagpipe, etc.. , with photographs of some completed ones.. Bet you never knew there was a.. ready-made didjeridu sold at K-Mart for 97 cents.. !.. Jon Tirone.. has several pages for the DIYer devoted to descriptions of repairing broken guitar necks; building a mandolin, electric guitars, and a banjo; and making pickups and other electronics.. Tim Escobedo's.. FolkUrban Music Page.. An eclectic collection of instruments that are cheap to build, including a.. $12 ukulele.. , a.. $5.. 00 clarinet.. kora.. , etc.. Luis Angel Payno.. has a Spanish-language website devoted to short photo-essays accompanied by simple plans for making all sorts of mostly-Iberian musical instruments, from a wooden-shoe fiddle to a friction-drum to a cow-horn flageolet (or maybe it's an ocarina).. The pictures and plans make his website well worth the visit even if you can't read Spanish.. There are instructional pages on several bowed and plucked instruments, gourd instruments, whistles and flutes including a slide-whistle, noisemakers, a string drum (accompanied by a longer article and more extensive instructions and plans), reed instruments and instructions on reed-making, drums, and some bagpipes and chanters.. Some instruments are very simple, others very complex, if you have any woodworking or instrument making experience you'll find something there that you can build.. Bonny Lundin-Scheer's.. Crafty Music Teachers.. website has instructions for making a number of simple instruments to use in the classroom, including a bass marimba, rainstick, shakers, and key chimes.. There are sound clips so you can hear the instruments.. Some of these are simple enough for your students to make in the classroom.. Some.. very simple instruments.. you can make with kids (scroll down).. This image-heavy page on.. metal spinning.. will be of great use to wind builders, and to resophiles who want to spin their own cones.. There's also a page on.. forging your own tools.. Still under construction, but worth a visit.. Dan Bruner has plans for building simple.. PVC instruments.. , mostly winds, with one entry in the.. PVC percussion.. genre as well.. French-language website.. with pictures and a few dimensions of string and wind instruments, as well as a few sound files.. Scroll down to the bottom of the homepage for a block of links to internal pages.. Acoustician David Canright has several.. articles.. on, among other things,.. building a justly-tuned guitar.. Robert Tedrow's webpages on.. building a concertina.. The formatting really, really sucks - why so many people assume that everyone else owns a monitor the same resolution as theirs is beyond me, but if you have larger wide-screen monitor, or can handle the maddening irritation of having to scroll sideways several dozen times for each of the 12 pages, the web pages are detailed and very informative.. Donald Nichols has a website devoted to (English).. concertinas.. , including a page on.. reed tuning.. , and a detailed.. tour.. of the inner workings of the English concertina.. A procedure for.. correcting warped, broken, bent, stripped concertina endscrews.. Here are some pages on mechanical speech synthesis:.. Voder audio samples.. History and Development of Speech Synthesis.. Mechanical Music Digest.. has a number of.. technical articles.. available online, covering such subjects as rebuilding a player reed organ (long, and detailed), building a simple PVC organ pipe, and making a wooden organ pipe.. Acoustical Society Of America.. has a number of astonishingly wide-ranging articles online, including some on the acoustics of musical instruments.. On their homepage, see the "Lay Language Papers" presented at this year's meeting, and scroll down to "Archives of Previous Meetings of the ASA" to see the lay language papers presented in years past.. A truly fascinating website!.. Physics of Music.. page of the Michigan Technological University.. Department of Physics.. , a few pages of simple wind-related theory and DIY projects, with some temperament information.. Kettering University's Daniel A.. Russell, Ph.. D.. , has posted a number of pages on.. acoustics.. (scroll down).. Subjects include.. Animations for Teaching Acoustics.. Physics and Acoustics of Baseball Bats.. (yes, updated since the Sammy Sosa incident), as well as more usual fare relating to guitars, pianos, and tuning forks.. And he's a.. Wallace and Gromit.. fan!.. The Acoustic Research Team.. of the University for Music and Performing Arts, Vienna, Austria, has posted a bilingual (English/German) website with.. research papers.. and software of interest to brass and reed instrument builders and players; and has recently added some research papers on violin-family instruments and bows.. Their.. software offerings.. include a Musical Calculator and a Brass Instrument Analyzing System.. The BIAS program is available as a demo, and one of our members reports that it is useful.. Downloadable.. tuner, "tuning fork," and metronome.. programs for Windows 95, 98, 2000, NT, XP.. The tuner is also available in a Mac version.. Freeware.. Test Tone Generators.. , be sure to download from a reputable source.. SweepGen.. , "turns a PC into an audio oscillator and sweep generator which can be used for testing audio or educational purposes.. In conjunction with audio test instruments, you can make frequency response plots.. ".. Spectrogram.. , a freeware audio spectrum analysis program.. winISD.. , freeware speaker designing software for Windows 9x/NT environment.. You can design closed, vented and bandpass boxes with this program.. It also allows you to calculate few different types of filters.. Official United States Patent and Trademark Office website.. , including how-to-register information.. Use their.. search engine.. for a look at what other people have done/are doing, and how.. Google Patent Search.. , new, and our members like it better than the USPTO website.. Google.. com image search.. , for pictures of instruments.. The Museum of Musical Instruments.. website includes an interactive virtual exhibition of.. Dangerous Curves: Art of the Guitar.. , a terrific exhibition that was displayed at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, from November 5, 2000 through February 25, 2001;.. Bound For Glory: The Life and Times of Woody Guthrie.. ; and more.. Library of Congress.. has posted some.. sketches, mechanical drawings, and plans.. of folk and ethnic musical instruments including an oud, a Georgian tar, a zurna, a quanun, a dumbeg, and many more instruments.. You can download very high quality digital images.. In several cases there is enough information for an experienced builder to turn the information into an instrument.. Musikmuseet.. , Swedish Museum collection of European instruments and plans, including several hurdy-gurdy and nyckelharpa plans, plans for a hummel, and for the Swedish bagpipes (säckpipa).. America's.. Shrine to Music Museum.. in South Dakota has one of the best instrument collections in the world.. to other sites, especially other museums, and a source for plans of bowed instruments.. Be sure to take the.. virtual tour.. , and pay homage to the "Rawlins" guitar by Antonio Stradivari, one of two documented guitars by the famous Italian craftsman known to survive.. The Music Museum of Paris.. has a terrific collection of photographs and other information online, but no list to browse through so you need to know what you're looking for in order to use their search engine.. Two other good links to plans and museum collections are.. CIMCIM.. and their.. Technical Drawings of Musical Instruments in Public Collections of the World.. page; and.. Edinburgh University's.. Collection of Historic Musical Instruments.. plans page.. , including their new.. Portfolio of Drawings of Mouthpieces for Brass Instruments.. The Musikinstrumenten-Museum der Universität Leipzig seems to be trying to post an online catalog of all the instruments in their collection, and they're well worth a look-see.. Navigate using their.. site map.. to find their collections of.. citterns.. ;.. guitars built by Richard Jacob Weissgerber.. , a fascinating and innovative builder;.. guitars built by other makers.. ; and.. zithers.. , including one with an.. amplifying horn.. and another with a.. pedal-driven strike mechanism.. if I got the translation from German right.. They seem to enjoy collecting unusual instruments there - you'll have fun looking around! Click on the images for three larger views of the instrument, where available.. Conservation OnLine.. , resources for conservation professionals.. The chronological listing of the Fellowship of Makers and Researchers of Historical Instruments (FoMRHI).. Quarterly Contents.. Strings:.. has several sets of full-size plans contributed by.. members: see the list.. here.. Have a pesky buzz you can't identify? See our new.. Makoto Tsuruta's bilingual Japanese/English "Crane".. website.. has.. free downloadable plans.. in PDF format (8.. 5" x 11") for Baroque and other early guitars, and an Italian mandolin dated 1735.. Not all webpages have been translated into English.. There are lute and lute rose plans included in the not-yet-translated.. lute page.. , just look around until you find them: if you put your cursor over the links, all the file names are in English.. One member has successfully completed a lovely Lacote copy from the Crane plans.. Paul Butler.. has devoted several pages at his website to the process of researching and building early instruments: rebec, citole, medieval viol, and Anglo-Saxon lyre.. He has made downloadable plans available for the rebec, citole, and lyre (the lyre plans are very small).. A warning that the rebec and citole pages are HUGE and image-heavy.. Patrick Willoughby's pages on.. making a rebec and simple bow.. including a very clever method for cutting the wood for the rebec bowl economically.. Watson Bailey Instrument Co.. plans.. available for free online as PDF, GIF, and Corel Draw files.. Archtop guitars, a classical guitar, archtop mandolins, and a resonator banjo are included.. As the carved-top instrument plans don't include arching templates we don't know how useful they'll be - none of the plans looks particularly complete but you may still find some use for them.. Stewart-MacDonald's.. Trade Secrets.. Free Info.. , and.. In-Progress Repairs.. pages.. Repairman Frank Ford's.. frets.. website has numerous articles of interest to fretted instrument builders.. One of our members' favorite sites.. Luthiers Interactive of North Texas.. has posted articles and tips for luthiers at their website.. Musikinstrumenten-Museum der Universität Leipzig.. has lots of interesting pictures of citterns, guitars,and zithers, click on the "Musikinstrumente" links on that page to see them, then click on the thumbnails for larger pictures and detailed descriptions.. Many of our members have inquired about applying a decal to the headstock of their instruments.. Here's a page on making a.. waterslide decal.. Chladni patterns in vibrated plates.. See also these pages related to plate tuning using Chladni patterns: on.. violin acoustics.. and a page on.. mandolin plate tuning.. This odd.. YouTube video.. shows rice dancing on a vibrating plate and forming fascinating patterns as the sound frequency is increased.. Eric Jansson's book ".. Acoustics for Violin and Guitar Makers.. " is available online in PDF format.. Jonathan Sevy has posted a few.. lutherie resources.. , including some Mac and Java software, a page on dished workboards, and some Excel spreadsheets.. Andrew Mowry has posted a downloadable.. Neck Geometry Calculator.. spreadsheet for arched-top instruments.. Calculates the bridge height, neck angle, height of the neck surface above the headblock and string break angle, etc.. Jon Whitney's downloadable.. wfret.. Windows fret calculator is by far the most popular fret calculator among our members.. It will print templates for fret slot cutting and includes non-standard equal temperament scales (10-tet, 16-tet, etc.. ), as well as diatonic scales for mountain dulcimers.. Our members have found that template output from a wide variety of printers is extremely accurate.. About 3 meg in size, in compressed ZIP format.. Also available is Jon's older.. DOS fret calculator.. Douglas Sparling's downloadable freeware Windows 95/NT.. Fret Calculator.. and online.. fret calculator.. Chuck Kish's Excel spreadsheet.. Dave Pushic's Word document.. templates.. for 24.. 5", 25", 25.. 5", and 34" (bass) fretboard scale lengths.. Arto's String Calculator.. is an online java program that will help you determine optimum string diameter for a given note and length.. Wayne Cripps's online.. String Tension Calculator.. for gut, savarez, and nylon strings.. Also includes a Baroque lute string calculator.. Yet another online tension calculator,.. The McDonald Patent Universal String Tension Calculator.. AP Guitar Tuner.. is a freeware Windows program you can run on your PC to help set and check the intonation of your guitar if you don't already have a tuner.. Contemplating some decorative inlay? Visit Sean J.. Barry's three-part discussion on.. stringed instrument pearl inlay technique.. Hide Glue FAQ.. Leif Luscombe's article on.. How to Prepare Hide Glue.. More than you ever wanted to know about.. Carbon Fiber.. , often used by stringed instrument makers as trussrod material.. Just starting out? This has long been the favorite site of our members, be they first-time or experienced builders:.. Kathy Matsushita.. has useful.. basic tools.. tools of the trade.. She's built several instruments and has posted information about her tools, jigs, methods, etc.. Navigation aids aren't the best: be sure to explore her pages thoroughly so you don't miss anything.. A wonderful site, more useful than most of those put up by the pros!.. Best Bass Gear has put up walk through guides (some video, some text) to different procedures for building a bass guitar, wiring diagrams, and we have a bass of the week.. Here are just a couple posts if you wanted to check them out:.. Guide to Install a John East P Retro Preamp.. Guide to Wiring an Aguilar BP-2 Preamp.. Guide to Install Copper Shielding.. Guide to Changing Bass Bridge.. Wiring diagrams.. Bass of the Week.. Jim Kumorek.. Lonnie McAllister.. both have websites documenting the process of building a 6-string guitar from a Martin kit.. Martin flat-top guitar body sizes.. Kevin Ko's.. Guitar Building Page.. , yet another site documenting the building process.. Descriptions are minimal, pictures are excellent.. Look at what a nice job he did.. around the heel.. of his guitar!.. Martin Chab.. plans and schematics.. in PDF and  ...   can download and print out.. Be sure to explore the site thoroughly so you don't overlook any of the plans.. Various tunings for the instruments are posted, as well as pages on playing technique with some downloadable sheet music in GIF format, and sound files with both samples of the tunes and complete tunes.. A very enjoyable, complete site, although navigation aids could be better.. Take care not to miss anything.. Greg Whitcombe's.. very.. detailed photo-essay on.. building two hurdy gurdies.. Another.. photo-essay.. on building a hurdy-gurdy.. Two pages on.. hurdy-gurdy setup.. The first page is devoted to the chanterelles, the second to the trompette string.. Nigel Eaton's article on.. hurdy-gurdy setup and maintenance.. David Smith's website is devoted mostly to.. photo-essays of hurdy-gurdy construction.. , good illustrations but minimal text, the use of a third-party photo host is annoying but it's still worth a look.. Hurdy-gurdy, dulci-gurdy, banjo-dulcimer, and a copy of the Mora harpa, the oldest extant nyckelharpa, are covered.. Olympic Musical Instrument's page of.. resources.. for hurdy gurdy builders.. Electronics:.. Wiring 101.. Fender's.. Mr.. Gearhead.. , download site for Strat, Tele, bass, (and a few other models), and amp schematics, parts layout diagrams, parts lists, wiring diagrams and switching/control function diagrams.. All files are in PDF format so you'll need the.. EMG's.. Online Wiring Book.. GM Arts.. pages on.. Electric Guitar.. Electric Guitar Pickups.. DGB Studio.. , Kazuhiko Hirota's wiring diagrams in English and Japanese.. Tons of wiring diagrams, lists of pickup placements, other information too.. Our members find this website very useful.. Tim Stanley's.. Generic Rewiring FAQ.. GuitarNuts.. wiring and shielding page.. A Strat-oriented electronics page, includes diagrams of "stock" Stratocaster wiring, modifications to reduce hum, and much more.. Seymor Duncan's.. Schematics.. page.. Gibson's.. schematics.. for some of their guitars and amps.. The Guitar Electronics website has a number of.. diagrams and schematics.. posted online.. for standard Strat, Tele, Les Paul and Jazzbass pickups.. Musicyo's.. Tech Support Page.. has schematics/diagrams/dimensions/manuals for some Kramer, Steinberger, Tobias, Gibson, Electar, Oberheim, Maestro, and TKL products.. TCL Lutherie's.. Shop Tips.. page, mostly electronics-related, with pages on making and mounting a piezo speaker-element pickup.. Jason Lollar's.. Bobbin Designs.. Harmony-Central's.. Technical Guitar FAQs and Digests.. , including:.. Pickups: Make them yourself for $10.. Electric Theory.. as it applies to pickups.. Pickups Setup.. Instructions for building your own piezo-electric pickup.. Shielding FAQ.. Grounding FAQ.. Rewiring FAQ.. Wiring up an electret condenser microphone element for amplifying acoustic guitars.. The Physics of Electric Guitar Pickups.. The theory and use of pickups.. MIMForum star electronics wizard Vlad Ardelean has posted a page of.. guitar related schematics and electronic circuits.. J.. Donald Tillman has posted some.. on guitar electronics including a clever.. preamp cable.. ("a phantom powered discrete FET preamp built into the plug of a guitar cable"); as well as articles on keyboards and synths.. Guitar Effects Faq.. : "This FAQ is a generic answer to the questions which begin 'I have.. some electronics abilities and I'd like to build my own guitar effects.. Where can I find schematics for this?'".. Modifications to the Fender Blues Junior.. "They're great amps, but the older ones sound muddy and the reverb overpowers the signal.. Here's the fix.. Ampage.. More.. GEO.. : effects, amps, and projects.. Duncan's.. Amp Pages.. Includes some home-made.. amps.. , an extensive links list of.. available online, and more.. Also posted at this website:.. Tone Circuits, Part 3.. , Fender controls vs hifi controls.. There are no parts 1 and 2.. Not the same page as the one we used to list, but I think it's the same information.. Schematic Heaven.. , amp schematics.. Analog Music Zone.. , effects and amp schematics.. John "Hifijohn" Kovacich's.. Guitar Stuff.. webpage on building an amp and an electric guitar; includes schematics for the amp, the power supply, the preamp, a distortion box, and a reverb circuit (scroll all the way down) that should be useful for other amp DIYers.. Other pages devoted to building.. hifi equipment.. (turntables, speakers, headphones) and.. miscellaneous DIY projects.. including a tube tester, microphones, voltage meters.. Bill Machrone's page on building a.. little bass speaker cabinet.. It refers to the site below.. Len Moskowitz's text-only reprint of an article on.. Building a Compact Bass Guitar Speaker Cabinet.. Tomi Engdahl's.. Music Electronics Page.. Nuuj's Link Depository.. , massive links page, mostly electronics, synth, and FX.. Hard to read.. Music Electronics µArchive.. , useful links to websites and online documents.. Mikko Helin's.. Synth DIY Page.. MIDI Footswitch Project.. DIY MIDI Controllers using PIC Microcontrollers and Basic Stamps.. Various MIDI projects.. The Headwize.. Projects Page.. , including a pocket-sized, do-it-yourself stereo.. practice headphone amp.. Musical Instrument Tube Amp Building, Maintaining and Modifying.. The Cooperative Tube Guitar Amp Project.. Robert Haines has posted scans of an article from a 1969 edition of.. Electronics Illustrated.. on building a solid state marimba, in 8 pages:.. page 1.. page 2.. page 3.. page 4.. page 5.. page 6.. page 7.. page 8.. Midi guitar built using a 16F84 PIC microcontroller.. , includes a.. complete circuit diagram.. Art's Theremin Page.. , includes one of the earliest published articles for.. Theremin construction.. , a re-print of a 1949 article, with schematics for a tube Theramin.. The website also has a number of construction articles on several different flavors of Theramins.. TheraminWorld's list of.. theramin DIY pages.. Fred Nachbaur's.. Theramin pages.. , including a.. DIY theramin project.. "suitable for intermediate to advanced electronics hobbyists.. All About Circuits.. , a series of online textbooks covering electricity and electronics.. Woodwinds and Brass:.. Downloadable plans.. for several Spanish wind instruments, including a.. gaita (Spanish bagpipe).. , in PDF and GIF formats, you'll need the.. for some files.. Eric Reiswig's ".. Coppers and Brass.. " is a site with instructions for making low-cost pennywhistles and Scottish smallpipes (and wind chimes).. Build a simple set of.. panpipes from PVC pipe.. Patrick Woolery's page on making a reproduction of the.. Jorvik panpipes.. , Viking-era pipes found in York (Jorvik), England.. Charlie Jackson.. 's.. Excel spreadsheet.. that can be used to calculate the hole sizes and positions for a crumhorn; and his.. that calculates the hole positions and diameters for a cornetto.. The latter can be modified to design a lyzard or serpent.. The spreadsheets use transmission line theory, and have been compressed into zip format.. Curious Cuckoo Whistle.. , a simple instrument you can make out of cardboard by printing out the PDF file on card stock, then cutting it out as instructed.. Make an.. Ocarina from card stock.. Similar to the project above, you print the.. image file.. on card stock, then fold it according to the instructions to make your instrument.. Navigation at this website could be more clear.. A.. recipe.. for making 'Imitation Ivory' rods in various diameters and lengths, of possible use for making complete wind instruments as well as appointments for wind instruments.. Ian Fritz's.. Wind Controlled Synthesizers.. The USDA.. Forest Products Laboratory.. factsheet on.. Finishes for Wood Bowls, Butcher Blocks, and Other Items Used for Food.. also applies to instruments put in the mouth to play.. In PDF format: you'll need the.. Many woodwinds and brass require springs.. Here's Dave Silberstein's extensive.. How to Make Springs.. As a MIMForum member said recently, "Don't you wish EVERY website was this informative and complete?!!" You can also download the entire website as a.. ZIPed file.. Kadima's.. wind instruments page.. , including designs for PVC fipple flutes, a clarinet mouthpiece, some javascript calculators, and the.. Kings Mills Pipes.. , a "bag whistle" with fipple chanter and drones made of CPVC and a vinyl bag for an air supply.. It was designed by the builder "while waiting on planes at various airports.. Philippe Bolton's pages on.. making a recorder.. making a new block for a recorder.. maintenance tips for wooden recorders.. recorder tuning adjustments.. Rick Miller's.. flute site.. includes.. step by step instructions.. to make your own flute in the key of g, complete with a full-scale template.. Pete Kosel's.. Designs for Inexpensive PVC Flutes.. : for a couple of D flutes made from Schedule 80 PVC pipe, a G flute from 1/2" Schedule 40 PVC, and a little D piccolo or fife made from 1/2" CPVC pipe.. New to the site is his.. flutomat.. javascript flute designer for PVC flutes.. Kim Fulton-Bennett's.. Instructions for making a copper pennywhistle in the key of D.. , detailed and well illustrated.. Mark Shepherd's pages on.. The Plumber's Pipe.. , a simple flute made of PVC pipe; and.. Where to Put the Holes.. , simple ratios for hole placement.. New to the website is his free, downloadable e-book, ".. Simple Flutes: How to Play or Make a Flute of Bamboo, Wood, Clay, Metal, Plastic, or Anything Else.. " You'll need the.. Doug Tipple's.. Constructing a Simple One-piece Irish Flute from PVC.. The Tipple-Fajardo Wedge.. , a small wedge that is inserted into the bore of the flute that eliminates this intonation problem in the second octave.. How to Build a CPVC Bulgarian or Macedonian End-blown Flute (Kaval).. by Mike Slama.. How I Made a Plexiglass Macedonian End-blown Flute (Kaval).. by Melissa Miller.. How to make a clay ocarina.. making ocarinas out of FIMO clay.. Roberto Velázquez & Gonzalo Sánchez have posted a photo-essay on.. making a clay reproduction of ocarina Nuiñe.. , a Mixtec ocarina that was found at the Cerro de las Minas, Huajuapan, Oaxaca, Mexico.. Includes a short sound file.. Roberto Velázquez has also posted a photo-essay on.. Making a Double Whistle of Yaxchilan.. , with sound file.. Sean O'Malley has posted some.. he shot while visiting the Dayton C.. Miller flute collection at the US Library of Congress.. Bob Harrell.. has designed and built a keyed recorder for single handed play, and his website includes.. instructions.. for building your own.. See.. this section.. of our links pages for links to Dolmetsch and Mollenhauer recorders and flutes for players who can use only one hand.. Gary Cook's.. Photo Essay on Recorder Making.. Hand Tools for Recorder Making.. , including instructions for making reamers and windway cutters.. Wood, Oil, and Water.. "This article provides an interlocking view of wood, oil, water and how they interact.. " Information on oiling recorders.. Lee Collins has a.. Recorder FAQ.. page that includes an essay on when and how to oil your recorder.. Craig Carmichael's page on an after-market.. Tuning Device.. for recorders that you can make and add to your own instrument, said to improve in-tune dynamic range.. Dan Bruner's page on.. making a PVC Quena In G4.. Another website on.. making a PVC quena.. Japanese Flute homepage.. on.. making a Yokobue.. (Japanese transverse flute), detailed and with lots of illustrations, in English and Japanese.. This page with the rather dry title.. Bei Shu Shakuhachi Workshop Bamboo Specifications.. is actually a very informative article on the bamboo used in making Shakuhachi, including some building techniques.. How to make a.. pvc shakuhachi.. , and how to.. tune it.. once it's made.. They also make a.. downloadable tuner.. available, for both PCs and Macs.. The first few chapters of the e-book.. How To Make Your Own Bamboo Flutes.. have been posted online, if you want the rest you have to buy the e-book.. Making a wooden.. Native American flute.. , excellent photos and illustrations showing.. the interior anatomy of the fipple.. , more on the.. interior anatomy of the flute.. Making a (G#) PVC Native American Style Flute.. Native American Flute resources.. is a rather anemic site with a little information on the design of both Native American flutes and fujaras.. How to build a fujara.. , the flute of Slovakia, a simple set of plans with dimensions (scroll down).. Flute Acoustics.. Peter Hoekje's.. Basic Calculations for Flute Making.. Flute Spreadsheets.. Gerrit Raith.. has online plans for building.. Great Highland Pipes.. chanters and pipes.. , and a.. practice chanter.. from a wooden dowel.. He also has one page devoted to.. making a chanter for a disabled piper.. Thorstens German-language.. Sackpfeifen-Seiten.. has online plans for.. Altdeutsche Sackpfeife.. There's a link at the bottom of the page to the plans in.. PLT format (ZIPed).. Per Dervall's.. Swedish Bagpipe Building Pages.. , a very complete photo-essay of building a set of Swedish bagpipes (säckpipa), intended to encourage other beginners to do the same.. Making/Adjusting single reeds for bagpipes.. , from the.. Swedish Bagpipe Page.. David Daye's Bagpipe Page.. is a source for.. Uilleann pipe building.. information.. The homepage lists a bunch of links you should investigate thoroughly.. PLEASE NOTE: the URL of the site has changed and some of the internal links are broken.. If you find a broken link, just substitute.. polarmet.. in the URL for.. www-bprc.. One such broken URL is for the Uilleann Pipe Reedmaking Book, here is the.. correct link.. David's.. commercial website.. also has some information, including.. Making the Chamber Style Reed for Penny-Chanters.. Making a Stabilized Traditional Reed for Uilleann Pipe Chanters and Regulators and Penny-Chanters.. Kevin Scott's.. Uilleann Bagpipe Workshop.. Christopher Bayley has made some.. bagpipe plans.. available online as.. gif files, and downloadable as DWF and DXF files.. Plans include Irish Union Pipes in Concert D by Leo Rowsome, Baghet (North Italian Bagpipe), and Boha / Cornemuse Landaise in G (SW France), apparently with more to come as the website appears to be under construction with many dead internal links.. Seth Gallagher's illustrated online.. Irish bagpipe reed-making workshop.. Making a reed for a pastoral pipe chanter.. Galician bagpipe reed care and tuning.. Casey Burns' essay on.. Making Plastic Bagpipe Reeds.. for Uilleann pipes.. And if it's Northumbrian Pipes that tickle your fancy, Mike Nelson is putting together an online manual for.. Building a Northumbrian Smallpipe.. Gordon K.. Speirs' excellent, illustrated.. bagpipe reed-making workshop.. , in PDF format.. Requires.. David Daye's page on.. sealing the bag with Hardie Airtight.. Andrew Lenz's bagpipe website includes several.. on reeds, and one on.. bag seasoning tips.. Carl Kleinsteuber.. Home-Built Tuba Page.. has instructions for making a tuba built from scavenged parts (bells and valves), but mostly from home-made components.. A brief photo-essay on making a.. Pizka-Classic Double Horn.. Simon Chadwick's page on.. making a serpent.. ; Jacob Selmer's page on.. Build a Serpent or Ophicleide.. , PDF files on building non-traditional square versions of these instruments out of wood, sound samples available.. How to Make Yourself a Hall's High-Tech Slide Bazooka.. , "a low-pitched, chromatic, lip reed wind instrument characterized by a brassy, whiny, and punchy tenor-to-bass sound.. A tour of the.. ZeuS instruments factory.. Lots of pictures.. Powers Brass Works.. brass instruments repair page.. Hosaphone(tm) FAQ.. Build your own trumpet (or whatever) out of a length of hose, a mouthpiece, and a funnel.. Hornmaker Don Shaffer's.. Art Of Making Musicial Instruments At Home For Fun And Self-Defence.. website has a number of strange and unique horns.. Don't know if they're for real, but the site is worth a look!.. Gaskin Jewelery's.. Tips from the Jeweler's Bench.. , including some shop tips that could be of use to brass instrument makers.. Matt Newby's.. Making Your Own PVC Didjeridu.. page includes a chart with measurements for what length and diameter of tube produces what note.. And here's the Didj Dude's El Cheap-O Didgeridoo It Your Self Instructions on how to.. Build your own El Cheap-O Didgeridoo.. Make a didj.. beeswax mouthpiece.. Online plans for building a.. cornamuse in F (alto).. , by Jörg Becker.. MIMForum member Pablo Fraile has a website devoted to his experiments making.. polyester oboes and bassoons.. The Launeddas homepage.. is a site devoted to the unique triple idioglot reed clarinet of Sardinia.. Includes a photo-essay with very little text in both English and Italian on.. building a launeddas.. , which is played in a continuous manner by means of.. circular breathing.. Be sure to click on the little arrow at the bottom of the building pages to go through all three pages.. 00 Clarinet.. , a simple clarinet you can make out of Schedule 40 PVC pipe with a minimum of readily-available hand-tools; and his.. Plastic Fantastic Sax.. , still in development.. Stephen Howard's.. Handy Hints.. page, with instructions for doing minor repairs on saxaphones that probably apply to other woodwind and reed instruments.. Also a page on.. cleaning the mouthpiece.. of a single-reed instrument.. Fowler Music Service has pages online with instructions for a.. Sax Neck Recork.. Replacing Clarinet Tenon Corks.. The Making of Reeds on a Metal Staple.. , an article about bassoon reeds by Yuri Nekliudov.. Continue to Page 2.. , 1997 - 2009,..

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    Descriptive info: Print view.. Topic locked.. 1 post Page.. Building a musical instrument is an incredibly rewarding experience.. But it can be very frustrating, too.. We've attempted to answer some of the most commonly asked questions here to help make your trip from asking to building as short as possible.. Remember: every single one of us, pro or hobbyist, was once where you are now.. Q.. I want to build a musical instrument.. I want it to be perfect on my first try even though I have no experience as a woodworker or instrument maker.. Tell me everything I need to know.. Your first instrument will not be perfect, and if you expect it to be you're setting yourself up for disappointment.. That doesn't mean it won't be an instrument you're proud of! We really can't tell you everything you need to know about building a clarinet or a violin or a dreadnought guitar, or any other complex musical instrument.. People have written entire books on the subjects, and with good reason.. There's a lot to learn when you're building a fine instrument.. It's just not feasible for us to answer these types of impossibly broad questions on an online forum.. You need to buy or borrow some good books (don't forget to make use of Inter-Library Loan), and read those books carefully.. We make books available in our Bookstore, and your purchase there helps support the MIMForum.. Register as a member of the MIMForum and browse our Library on subjects of interest to you.. Follow discussions on the MIMForum.. I know nothing about woodworking.. How do I build an instrument out of wood?.. You must educate yourself in the basics of woodworking if you want to build instruments out of wood.. This is not something we can teach you online.. See if there's a woodworker's club (or woodturner's club if you want to build woodwinds) in your area.. They love helping out newbies.. You should also investigate your local adult and community education programs to see if there's a woodworking course available.. Many of us started out this way.. How do I build a [pick one] guitar/bass/mandolin/banjo/flute?.. As you may have seen in the Bookstore, many, many books have been written on the subject of musical instrument construction.. Most of them are very good; a few are excellent.. Here are seven that are continually recommended by MIMForum members.. The first four are outstanding reference works.. The last three, for mandolin, banjo, and woodwinds, are not as comprehensive but are the best available and will give you a good place to start.. Acoustic steel string and classical guitars: Guitarmaking: Tradition and Technology by William R.. Cumpiano and Jonathan D.. Electric guitar and bass: Make Your Own Electric Guitar by Melvyn Hiscock.. Archtop guitar: Making an Archtop Guitar by Robert Benedetto.. Guitar wiring and pickups: Guitar Electronics for Musicians by Donald Brosnac.. Carved-top mandolin: Constructing a Bluegrass Mandolin by Roger H.. 5-string banjo: Constructing a 5-String Banjo by Roger H.. Woodwinds: The Amateur Wind Instrument Maker by Trevor Robinson.. Dan Erlewine's Guitar Player Repair Guide is another excellent resource.. By seeing what can go wrong with a guitar and how to fix it, you can avoid many common problems.. The book also contains valuable information on setup, modifications, and customization.. I want to build an acoustic guitar/electric guitar/electric bass.. Please give me a list of all the woods I can use and what they sound like so I know what to build my instrument out of.. Oy! There are so many woods, so many combinations of woods, and so much more to the sound of an instrument than the woods you use.. There's bracing for an acoustic, pickups for an electric, and your own skill as a builder.. If you're just starting out, find an instrument you like the sound of and use those woods.. Can I build it cheaper myself?.. If you have access to a well-outfitted woodworking shop and don't have to purchase any tools at all, maybe.. But if you have to buy tools? Probably not.. Should I build my first instrument from scratch, or should I buy a kit?.. We have had many successful first-time builders do it both ways.. If a kit will make you more comfortable, buy the kit.. The most important thing is to build, not to be so intimidated by the process that you never get started.. If the idea of bending the sides or slotting the fretboard is what's keeping you from getting started, buy a kit, because the most important thing is just to build the instrument.. How you build it doesn't matter.. If it turns out well and you enjoy the process you can build the next one from scatch.. Which guitar kit do you recommend?.. A kit from any reputable dealer will likely make a fine instrument.. Our members seem to prefer the kits from Stuart-MacDonald largely because they include both a full-size plan and an instructional video, and because with their kits you get the option of a bolt-on neck.. Can I modify the kit I buy to make it a different shape or size, or to make a 14-fret neck a 12-fret neck?.. We don't recommend trying to alter a kit that has pre-bent sides, nor to change a 14-fret neck to a 12-fret neck (or the other way around).. If you can't find a kit for the instrument you want, you'll be better off buying from a vendor that gives you a deal on a package of wood and materials instead of buying a kit with pre-bent sides and a plan for a different instrument than the one you want to build.. You'll end up doing more work trying to alter a kit than you will building from scratch.. Can I take on a particularly challenging project like an F-style mandolin or archtop guitar as my first instrument?.. We have had reports from many newcomers to both lutherie and woodworking of successful archtop guitars and F-style mandolins as their very first woodworking or lutherie project.. They also report that these instruments were far from perfect, but they were happy with the results, and often encouraged by their success to make another, better one.. If you're also interested in building other, more simple instruments like a flat-top guitar or an A-style mandolin, it does make more sense to start with one of those, then graduate to a more challenging instrument.. But if all you really want to build is an F-style mandolin from the Siminoff book, you go right ahead.. Can I fix it myself?.. We get a lot of questions from people who want to save money by doing their own repair work.. Most repair work isn't simple, and it's easy to do even more damage to an instrument if you're inexperienced.. You should not attempt to learn repair work on a valuable instrument, whether that value is monetary or sentimental.. Learn your repair chops on cheap instruments that mean little to you, take your valuable one to a pro for repairs and ask if you can watch.. Can I build my own case? Where can I find plans?.. Our members have built guitar-shaped, odd-shaped, and rectangular cases with success.. We do not know of any detailed plans.. Rectangular cases are relatively simple to build, and there may not be commercial cases available for unusual instruments.. Most folks who've built a guitar-shaped case report feeling that it wasn't worth the time it took to build, and wish they'd bought a commercial case first and designed their guitar to fit it.. It takes about as much time to build a guitar-shaped case as it takes to build a guitar, and your case will almost certainly be heavier than a similar commercial case.. You should decide in advance if this is a project in which you want to invest a significant amount of time.. Unless you're doing it for fun you may be better off designing your instrument to fit a commercial case.. What are the minimum essential tools to build a [fill in the blank]?.. It's impossible to give you a definitive list of tools required, partly because no two projects are identical and partly because each person has different preferences and budget.. The best way to approach this question is to break down your project into discrete operations, and then the tool(s) required for each operation will be fairly obvious.. To spread out the cost, and to avoid the trap of buying tools you think you'll need only to find later that you've wasted your money, buy tools only after you are certain you need them.. By the end of your project you will have acquired a complete workshop exactly tailored to your preferences and budget.. The books recommended by our members on this page all contain tool lists that make good jumping-off points.. And as you decide which tools to purchase, bear in mind this well-known maxim: buy a good tool, and you'll only cry once.. Does it take a fully-equipped woodworking shop to build stringed instruments? I don't have that much money to spend on expensive power tools.. Many of us started out without a workshop, without any power tools, and without any woodworking skills.. We did not spring into this craft as fully-formed and outfitted woodworkers, but as kitchen-table-based hacks.. It's a misconception that it takes an expensive shop filled with power tools to do a good job.. What it takes is practice.. Stringed instrument building is woodworking, and you can't expect to engage in it without learning such basic woodworking skills as using a handplane to plane a good joint.. That doesn't take expensive power tools, just a well-tuned handplane and the investment of time to learn how to use it.. And just buying a bunch of power tools won't make you a woodworker either.. It takes time to learn to use power tools properly and safely.. You can ruin just as much wood with expensive power tools as you can with hand tools, only faster.. To say nothing of valuable body parts.. I'm putting together my first real shop and am planning on a dust collection system.. Do I have to ground it?.. The consensus of our members is that you must ground your dust collection system.. Not only is it cheap insturance against the possiblilty of a dust explosion caused by static buildup, but the static charge accumulated by the system *hurts* when it discharges to you! Just run bare copper wire on the inside of your pipe connected to every machine on one end, and a proper ground on the other.. Can I use a hand-held power planer for flattening or jointing plates?.. No.. Hand-held power planers are designed for rough carpentry work and cannot be adjusted to the fine tolerances necessary for instrument making.. I can't afford a drill press.. Are those portable drill guides any good?.. Not for instrument building.. If you can't justify the expense of a drill press, see if there's one at your local technical school or high school shop you can use.. I need a bandsaw but can't afford a 14 model.. Can you recommend a good bandsaw that's smaller and cheaper?.. There are no good bandsaws smaller than 14.. We recommend saving your money and waiting until you can afford a 14 bandsaw.. There's a huge difference in quality, and in the amount of work you'll be able to do, once you make that step up to a 14 saw.. If you're desperate, buy a hand-held power jigsaw to tide you over until you can afford a 14 bandsaw.. I'm about to build my first archtop instrument.. What tools should I use to carve the plates?.. Our members have used a number of different hand and power tools with great success.. For hand tools you have the choices of rasps, saw-rasps (very coarse), Microplanes and SurForms (preferred over rasps if you don't have either, yet), square and curved hand scrapers, carving spoons, chisels and gouges, carving shaves, and hand and palm planes.. Many of our members have made a small wood-body palm plane from a sketch in our Library provided by archtop guitar maker Bill Moll.. For power tools some of our members recommend Kutzall sanding/carving tools.. The Kutzall disk is a 4 diameter carbide toothed attachment made to fit a standard angle grinder.. At speeds of 10,000 rpm and below it removes hardwood stock very aggressively, yet with good control.. As with all power cutters, never over-feed the tool.. Make multiple shallow passes until you almost reach your desired depth.. Then proceed with 80-120 grit sanding, etc.. When the cutter is loaded with material, remove it from the grinder, and with a propane torch, burn away the excess material.. A light brushing with a brass wire brush will prep the cutter for future use.. Use the obvious precautions when using a propane torch as well! Kutzall also makes drum sanding sleaves for use in a drill press or motorized arbor chucked sanding table.. They have identical characteristics to the disk.. While these tools are not cheap, they are very useful in instrument making.. Should I install a trussrod in my mandolin / banjo / classical guitar / electric guitar / steel-string guitar / electric bass?.. Long and/or thin and/or flexible necks should have some form of reinforcement.. It's very little additional work to install an adjustable trussrod instead of a non-adjustable one.. For steel-string instruments with scales longer than a mandolin, adjustable rods are recommended.. For mandolins you should consider non-adjustable carbon fiber/epoxy reinforcement because the required pocket for the adjusting nut severly weakens the thinnest part of the neck, and the neck is already small.. Metal trussrods are not generally installed in classical guitars due to weight considerations.. Most solid wood instruments will go through changes for climatic reasons.. Whether the top swells or the neck is the culprit, movement will occur and some form of adjustment should be available.. This scenario may be exacerbated in a beginner's first few attempts, so an adjustable trussrod is cheap insurance.. You can find a great deal of information on trussrod types and installation in the MIMForum Library of archived discussions.. I've read that you should wipe the surface of rosewoods and other oily tropical woods with acetone or naptha right before you glue them.. Should I prepare the joint this way before gluing?.. The consensus of our most experienced members is no, you should not.. It seems to make for a weaker joint.. The reports we have of glue joint failure in rosewood or cocoblolo is that it generally occurs after treatment of this type.. Do I have to use epoxy to glue rosewood and other oily tropical woods?.. The consensus of our most experienced members is that Titebond and hot hide glue work just fine, but they caution that you should glue the fresh joint immediately, and not let the wood sit unglued after you plane your joint.. How can I finish my musical instrument quickly and easily, with a minimum of preparation?.. The short answer is, You can't.. You'll get out of a finish what you put into it.. Surface preparation is all-important, equally so for clear and painted finishes.. Some finishes, such as wipe-on oil finishes, require less work and much less dust control than sprayed lacquers, but they're not appropriate to all instruments.. Two excellent books on finishing are Understanding Wood Finishing by Bob Flexner, and Hand-Applied Finishes by Jeff Jewitt.. The books complement each other, and will help you choose an appropriate finish and ward off disaster.. I don't have any spray equipment.. Do I *have* to use nitrocellulose lacquer on my instrument?.. No, you do not.. It was Bob Taylor who said, A long time ago, some guy figured out that if you keep spraying and sanding a guitar, you can make it really shiny.. We need to exhume that guy and shoot him! While nitrocellulose lacquer has become traditional and a mirror-like lacquer finish is the standard, there are many other finish options including waterbased/waterborne lacquers, French polish/shellac, varnish, and various oil-based finishes like Tru Oil.. We have a lot of Tru Oil and French polish/shellac proponents on the MIMForum.. Any tough, thin, flexible finish that others have used with success is available to you.. Don't be afraid of using a finish that doesn't look exactly like nitrocellulose lacquer, but be aware of possible problems when using oil-based finishes on tropical woods (see below).. I don't have a spray booth.. Can I spray my instrument with nitrocellulose lacquer outside or in an unheated garage, then bring it into the house to dry?.. Lacquer funes are extremely noxious, and a sensitizer.. Not only is exposure very bad for you and anyone else living in your house, but you can become so sensitive to lacquer that you will no longer be able to use it.. If you don't have a safe method for isolating the fumes from both your living space and your workspace, you should use some less noxious finish like waterborne lacquer or French polish or varnish.. And always protect your lungs from overspray by wearing a good respirator.. Inhaled mist will harden in your lungs, and this is never a good thing no matter how non-toxic the finish is.. I finished my instrument made of [fill in name of tropical wood here] weeks ago.. Why won't the finish dry?.. The oils in many tropical woods inhibit the chemical processes in oil-based finishes, including varnishes and urethanes, that allow them to cure.. If you're working with any kind of tropical wood, test your oil-based finish on a piece of scrap first to make sure it will dry.. If it doesn't you can either switch to a finish that dries by evaporation (lacquer, shellac, French polish), or use an evaporative finish as a sealer under your oil-based finish.. Be sure to test your sealer-under-oil finish on scrap, too!.. I've heard that [fill in name of tropical wood here] can cause an allergic reaction.. What are the chances that this will happen to me?.. A few years ago we might have said the chances are very slim, but the longer we're online the more reports we get of allergic reactions to tropical wood dust, most often to Machaerium villosum (pau ferro, morado, palo santos, Bolivian rosewood ) and Dalbergia retusa (cocobolo).. Many tropical woods are sensitizers, which means that you will not react to them the first time(s) you use them, but may develop a sensitivity to them that will cause a reaction after repeated exposure.. Some of the reactions reported by our members have been severe, with rashes and their accompanying treatment lasting several months.. If you find after working with any wood that you begin to itch, especially your arms, your face, around the edge of your respirator, or anywhere clothing chafes (belt, collar), you should immediately strip to the skin and take a lukewarm (not hot!) shower.. Wash thoroughly, including your hair, but do not scrub your skin harshly.. It is very important to remove the substance that is causing your reaction as quickly as possible, and to avoid any additional contact so you don't re-contaminate yourself with more dust.. You may need to have someone else clean your shop before you can use it again.. Using effective dust control in your shop and wearing a good respirator when creating dust will help you avoid such reactions.. If you end up with a rash you should see a dermatologist immediately, the most common treatment is a course of antihistamines coupled with topical ointment.. You may also find that you cannot work with certain woods any more, as has happened to some of our members.. Can I leave my  ...   keep building you'll have plenty of time later to master that particular skill.. How do find and fix a fretboard buzz?.. See our BuzzFAQ for help in finding and fixing your buzz.. What is scale length?.. Scale length is the open length of the vibrating string on a stringed instrument, without adjusting for compensation.. What is compensation?.. Whenever a string is pressed to a fretboard, the tension of the string is increased.. This causes the fretted note to be slightly sharp compared to the open string note.. This must be compensated for.. To compensate for this sharpness, the distance from the nut to the bridge saddle is made slightly longer than the stated scale length for the instrument.. This lowers the pitch of the fretted notes slightly.. The amount of compensation needed depends on how far the string must be pressed to the fingerboard (action), the mass/thickness/guage of the string, the tension (tightness) of the string, and the string length.. When you look at the bridge of most instruments you see evidence of compensation, for example when you see the guitar's saddle at an angle to the strings rather than perpendicular to them.. On a mandolin, some guitars and banjos, and electric guitars in particular, the saddle is carved or adjusted so each string bends over it at a different distance from the nut.. The exact amount is usually determined by comparing the pitch of the note fretted at the 12th fret to the pitch of the harmonic at the 12th fret.. When the two match, you have found the compensated position of the bridge saddle for that string.. How do I determine in advance how much compensation I need?.. Sorry, we haven't nailed this one yet.. I'm getting ready to build my first solidbody instrument and I don't want to ruin an expensive piece of wood.. Can I use MDF (medium density fiberboard) for the body?.. MDF is nasty stuff to machine and will create thick clouds of dust, it doesn't glue well, it doesn't hold screws well.. Use cheap, solid wood and you'll be better off.. Poplar is a good choice in a hardwood as it is cheap and readily available, easy to work, and several of our members have reported good luck with it.. You can also use a softwood like pine or spruce, but stay away from that nasty MDF!.. Can I use pine or another softwood for the body of my solid-body electric?.. A number of our members report success with softwoods, especially pine, redwood, and basswood, for solid-body guitars.. They also report that these guitars dent very easily, so most recommend gluing a hardwood cap on your softwood body if dents and dings will bother you.. I'm building my first solid-body electric.. Should I build a neck-through or a bolt-on?.. A bolt-on is easier if you don't have a jointer and don't have much experience as a woodworker.. A neck-through is difficult to adjust if you don't get it right the first time.. While some people think a through-neck has better sustain, others disagree.. If you're new to woodworking and lutherie, you'll probably be better off with a bolt-on.. You use the term bolt-on but can I use screws to attach the neck of an electric solidbody guitar?.. By all means, this is the way it is typically done and millions of Telecasters and Stratocasters are still being made this way.. There's a right way and a wrong way.. When you drill your holes, the ones that go through the body should be large enough that the screw just passes through without the screw threads biting into the body wood.. You only want the screws screwed into the neck.. Otherwise all that friction can cause the head to break off when you tighten the screws down, or when the neck needs to be removed.. Use a little paraffin (candle wax) to wax the threads before you install the screws, that will also make it easier for some future repair tech, or you, to remove the neck if necessary.. The ^$@ # who built the guitar I'm working on now didn't do that, and the screw head broke off.. How do I get the screw out?.. Happens all the time, unfortunately, and because it does we can present you with a list of things to try.. First, if none of the threaded part of the screw is biting into the body, as recommended above, you should just be able to lift the neck off once the other screws are out, then get the broken screw out with vice-grips.. Otherwise:.. 1) Use a little dremel tool to cut a new slot in what's left of the screw and use your new slot to screw it out.. We have the most reports of success with this method.. 2) Use a screw extractor (Easy-Out is one brand name).. Drill a hole into the top of the screw, screw in the extractor, and keep turning it because it's threaded the opposite direction of the screw and that'll get it out.. Some people have made things worse this way, however, so be careful not to break the screw extractor off inside the screw.. The screw extractor is much harder than the screw, and is difficult to drill out.. 3) Drill a very small hole right next to the screw, and wiggle it out with a pair of needle-nose pliers or needle-nose vice-grips.. I'm building a solid-body electric guitar with a bolt-on neck.. How do I get everything to line up accurately?.. You need to start by routing the neck pocket, before you cut the body out of the blank.. Mark a straight line down the center of the neck, and on the center of the body blank.. Lightly clamp the neck to the blank.. Now check to see if the neck is correctly centered.. This can be done by clamping two alignment sticks (1/2 x 1/2 x 12 planed true) to either side of the neck heel.. Adjust the neck until the two sticks are an equal distance from the center line at the proposed location of the bridge (bridge location is determined by the scale length you select).. When you're certain that the neck is centered with the body, mark the neck pocket position with a pencil.. You can now remove the neck and route the pocket.. Once the pocket is routed and the neck is fitted, re-check the bridge position and adjust if necessary.. The body shape may now be cut out of the blank, and routed for pickups.. How can I build tone chambers into a solidbody electric guitar, what are their effects, and how do I tune them?.. Tone chambers are really just a fancy way of saying partially hollowed out.. This can be done in many ways.. A body blank can be routed prior to gluing on a figured wood top.. You can also band saw out the chambers, then glue on both a top and back cap.. The entry saw kerf can be filled with a decorative piece of veneer.. As far as what shapes to remove, there are really no hard and fast rules here.. Circles and/or ovals made with a forstner bit or irregular shapes routed out will all work.. You may remove almost all of the wood except for a 1/2 border and the area where the neck pocket sits, and directly beneath the bridge, prior to gluing on a top cap.. Your top cap may or may not have f holes, and chambers may or may not be sealed with a finish.. It's a matter of personal preference.. All of these methods have been employed to produce good sounding guitars.. The most noticeable effect of chambering is a reduction in weight, but chambering can also enhance the overall resonance of a guitar.. Some have also noticed an increase in the acoustic volume produced.. This can be particularly beneficial for lead playing, as the chambered guitar can have a slightly more singing quality.. The effects are subtle, and will vary from one type of wood to another.. Our collective experience is that tuned tone chambers are a myth, we've found they're too small to tune.. I want to make my own metal parts, where can I get them plated? Can I plate them myself?.. Try your local Yellow Pages for a plating shop, look for one that specializes in antique cars or hot rods.. Remember that nickel looks nicer but will haze, and if the part is steel it will eventually rust and bubble.. If you can't find a plating shop that will take on your small job, our members suggest trying a local motorcycle shop or gunsmith that might let you put your pieces in a batch with theirs.. For doing your own plating there are small plating systems sold for automotive detailing work but they're expensive, as are the plating solutions, which are also poisonous and hazardous to use and difficult to dispose of.. Our one member who has such a system is a full-time pro, and tells us that for most builders it really doesn't pay to tool up to do your own plating.. Please list the best possible combination of pickups.. Oy again! There are so many possible combinations of pickups that it's impossible for us to tell you what the best is.. If there's a guitar with a sound you like, find out what pickups are used in it and use those.. Where should I put the pickups?.. Opinions vary when it comes to pickup placement.. Some say that it makes no difference, some say as far apart as possible to give a maximum tone difference between the two, while others say that the pickups should be placed underneath the (open) string harmonic nodes.. Everyone agrees on the following, though: too close to the bridge results in a tinny, twangy sound.. The best advice would be to measure the pickup location on a guitar you like and use that as a starting point.. How deep/wide/long should I rout my solidbody instrument for XX brand and style of pickup?.. Never do any routing until you have purchased all your parts and have them in your hot little hands!.. How do I wire up an output jack?.. Two wires connect to it.. Hook it up one way.. If it doesn't work, swap the wires and hook it up the other way.. Typically, the center connection of your volume control will connect to the tip connector of the jack.. Should I shield the electronics in my instrument? What's the best way to do so?.. Shielding keeps electrical noise out of your guitar, and out of your mix.. Guitars with single-coil pickups are most subject to noise, but humbuckers can have noise problems, too.. Assuming that the guitar is properly wired, shielding will solve or greatly reduce most hum/noise problems.. (Note that some wiring options, such as a coil splitter or a phase switch that changes the polarity of one humbucker, can turn a quiet guitar into a noisy one.. ) Acoustic-electrics with piezo or other vibration-sensitive pickups are pretty much impervious to noise.. You can shield the entire control cavity one of two ways: with conductive paint specifically made for the purpose, or by lining it with self-adhesive metal foil.. The best foil is copper, but aluminum tape (real metal tape, not silver cloth duct tape) will work, too.. Line the entire cavity, as well as the back of the pickguard and rear access cover, and make one ground connection to the ground side of the output jack.. Your controls and other metal objects should not touch the metal foil; doing so may create ground loops.. Cut a thin ring around the area where you tighten down your pots and switches.. You can solder a wire to copper, but you can't solder to aluminum.. Create a contact area for the ground wire by putting a small wood screw or sheet metal screw through the foil and into the guitar body.. Use a small metal spring or finger to create contact between the shielding on the back of the pickguard or access plate and the other shielding.. You can also wrap shielding tape around the body and bottom of single coil pickups, which will control much of their tendency to pick up noise.. Some people feel that shielding changes the sound of the pickup, but the effect of nonmagnetic materials such as copper and aluminum on the pickups' fields is minimal.. The wrapping should be attached to the pickup's shield braid if it has one, or you should run a separate wire for each pickup from the tape to the central grounding point for your instrument (see star grounding, below).. The other way to shield an instrument is to use shielded wire for all wiring runs in the guitar, but to make sure that only one end of the shield is grounded on every run, and that all of the shields ultimately connect at one central place (again, see star grounding).. It's important that there be only one ground path from any component to the central ground.. A guitar with all wiring runs shielded and all components star grounded should be just as quiet as one with a fully shielded control cavity.. The pickups I just installed have a loud hum that stops when I touch the bridge -- what now?.. The bridge and strings aren't grounded properly.. Hum, grounding, and electric shock issues are addressed at John Atchley's Guitarnuts website.. Q: What is star grounding? Why is it important?.. Each component should have only one ground connection, all wired to a common point.. This is called star grounding.. Multiple paths to ground create ground loops, minuscule voltage differences between components.. Hum rides the voltage differences, just like a humbucker pickup in reverse.. John Atchley's Guitarnuts website site has an excellent guide to proper wiring and shielding.. I have little/no experience as a builder and have decided that building instruments is what I want to do for a living.. What's the best way to get started?.. As one MIMForum member said recently, There is no dishonor in keeping a day job.. Instrument making can be a tough business to break into, and many people find the transition from hobby to livelyhood just isn't worth it.. We have seen plenty of people fail not because they lack building chops, but because they lack business acumen.. For that reason we've written a FAQ just for you: The MIMForum Going Full-Time Pro miniFAQ.. Anything else you want to tell me?.. We're glad you asked.. As a matter of fact: yes, there is.. People often come to our Forum who over-think the building process to such an extent that their project is delayed by months, or even years.. They could have built one or more instruments in that amount of time, and have all that knowledge and experience under their belts.. We're not telling you not to think things through, but we do want you to start making sawdust as soon as you can.. Don't try to account for absolutely every hypothetical problem before you start building - just start building.. We promise that in a very short time you'll have plenty of non-hypothetical issues to deal with.. No amount of thinking can substitute for actual building experience.. We also have a number of newbies who want to reinvent the wheel and make major changes in proven designs before they've built even one instrument, who spend an enormous amount of time asking about alternative or non-traditional materials/shapes/whatever.. There are two main problems we see with this.. First: a new builder won't be able to tell if the sound they end up with is the result of whatever they did that was non-traditional because they have no instruments of their own construction to compare it to.. Second: materials that are not known to work well may have an adverse effect on the sound or structural integrity of the instrument.. We've said this a few times already, it's worth repeating one final time.. For your first instrument stick with proven materials and designs, and save the large experiments for after you have a bit of experience.. We're not talking about things like the body shape of a solid-body instrument (within reason) or headstock shape or other decorative feature.. We're talking about major structural features.. We're also not making a blanket don't experiment statement.. We're just trying really hard to warn newbies away from the whole reinvent the wheel thing for a first instrument.. The time to reinvent the wheel is *after* you know how to build one that works.. What's the best glue?.. There's no single best glue, but there are several that have proven themselves over the years, and in the case of hide glue, over centuries.. Our recommendations are BRAND-NAME/PRODUCT SPECIFIC where applicable.. Not all glues are created equal so don't assume that any glue readily available to you is good enough for your instrument - different formulations greatly affect quality, especially with yellow glues and epoxies.. Some glues have a shelf-life and will expire, yellow glues especially should be fresh.. Here's a quick guide to the strengths and weaknesses of the most popular glues.. Note that there's a continuing emphasis on disassembly.. For electric guitars, set necks (glued-in), as found on most Gibsons, are often disassembled for repair, replacement, or refinishing.. Fingerboards need to be removed in order to replace broken truss rods or just because they're worn out.. Acoustic guitars also require neck removal and fingerboard replacement, but repairs may require removal of the bridge, top, or back of a guitar as well.. Some future repair person will either bless you or curse you based on your choice of glues.. GLUE PRO CON.. Hide glue Traditional instrument builders' choice.. Very strong, can be disassembled for repair.. Invisible joints with good woodworking technique.. Dry granules must be mixed with water, heated, then kept at a steady temperature.. There is a learning curve.. Premixed liquid hide glue Convenient Weaker than fresh-mixed hide glue.. Not recommended for lutherie.. Titebond Original.. Elmer's Probond Yellow Glue.. (PVA, Aliphatic Resin glue) Convenient, strong, easy to use over a wide range of temperatures More difficult to disassemble/repair than hide glue.. Oily/resinous woods (most tropicals) may require special preparation.. Some joints, such as neck scarf joints, may creep over time, one year shelf life.. Titebond II, Titebond III Waterproof (II), longer open time (III) Not recommended for lutherie, doesn't dry hard.. Elmer's Yellow Carpenter's Glue Low chilling temperature Not recommended for lutherie, doesn't dry hard.. Plastic Resin/Urea Formaldehyde/UF.. Cascamite seems to be the most popular brand Strong bond, unlimited shelf life of powder, dries hard.. Excellent for lamination.. Light tan color may show line when joining light woods.. Powder is an irritant/sensitizer.. Difficult to disassemble.. Epoxy Strong bonds, can be used clear or with fillers/wood flour.. Best for joining dissimilar materials such as wood and metal, works well on oily tropical woods.. May break down under heat.. Some epoxies are waxy, potentially deadening instrument resonance.. Polyurethane glue ( Gorilla is the most readily available brand but our members don't like it, they prefer Probond.. ) Convenient, strong.. Gap-filling properties.. Stains skin, gap-filling foam is weak.. Disassembly is difficult.. Limited shelf life.. Cyanoacrylate/CA/Krazy/Super glue Very fast bonding, dries hard and clear.. Available in various consistencies.. Good for strengthening porous woods.. Good for repairing some clear finishes.. Low shear strength.. Becomes brittle and releases under heat.. May destroy some finishes.. Reacts with some metals.. Easily attaches fingers to objects under construction and to one another.. Fumes are an eye irritant.. Looking for something?.. Search Google.. Site Admin.. Posts:.. 834.. Joined:.. Fri Dec 23, 2011 6:53 pm.. Location:.. Atlanta, GA.. Top.. 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  • Title: MIMForum Bass Project
    Descriptive info: The MIMForum Bass Project.. The MIMForum Bass Project was born on July 24.. th.. , 2001, when Larry Davis of.. posted this message on our.. :.. I was just hammering nails into a crate when a HUGE light bulb went off just over my head.. Thank goodness, 'cause I could then see I had the nail head on the wood and was driving the pointy end with the hammer.. Along with the light bulb was this huge flashing neon sign, " MIMF Guitar Auction".. What I'm thinking is the MIMF folks get together and decide on some instrument to custom build for the MIMF and auction off as a fund raiser for the forum.. Maybe it's to much, really, to ask for building time donations????? The auction could run for a month to get really good coverage??????.. If it's not such a crazy idea let's here from some folks.. I for one, would donate the wood needed.. No BRAZILIAN ROSEWOOD :) (except fingerboards or bridges or headstock or.. And so, we were off.. We decided to build a solidbody bass built from plans drawn by longtime MIMForum member and teacher.. Bill Moll.. for our  ...   of layers of myrtle, ebony, bubinga and black limba, carefully chosen by Larry for the best match.. Barry Daniels made the neck.. Dale Belcher made the body.. made this bridge of his own design.. Note how the action adjustment works with just the one setscrew which moves the whole saddle section up and down.. Amy Hopkins.. designed the inlay on both the peghead and fretboard, and did the peghead inlay.. did the fretboard inlay.. Jason Lollar.. made the pickups, and their solid ebony covers.. Julian Barton made the ebony and brass knobs.. made the brass cover plate.. MIMForum sponsor.. contributed the tuners, case, and a couple of sets of strings.. Victor Wooten liked our bass! His exact words were, "This Bass seems to be of top notch quality, has a good sound and a good feel.. It will make someone very happy.. Great work guys.. Peace, Vic.. ".. Want to see yet more pictures, and learn about the builders who contributed their efforts? Go to the.. full story.. Read the.. original MIMForum discussion.. about building the bass, and the one about the.. eBay auction.. Go to the.. com homepage.. Forum top page.. , 2004,..

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  • Title: MIMF • View topic - BuzzFAQ
    Descriptive info: To get to the bottom of a pesky buzz you have to use the process of elimination.. Try to find where it's coming from.. Is it there when the string is played open? Does it only show up when you fret certain notes? All of the strings, or just one? Try to pin down the exact location of the buzz because sometimes this alone will show you where the problem lies.. Let's take a look at these steps, one by one.. Where's the buzz?.. If the buzz is present when an open string is played and goes away when you fret a note: check the nut.. The slot the string sits in is probably cut too deep.. The string is then too close to the first fret, and rattles on it when played.. If the first notes played on any string are clear, then you get to a fret that buzzes: you need to see if each fret after that one buzzes as you progress up the neck.. If each fret buzzes, you have a neck angle problem.. If only that one fret buzzes, it may be a high fret.. If the buzz happens on all the strings on any fret: look at the bridge.. There are some differences between electric and acoustic guitars, but checking the action is the next step.. It may be too low.. On an acoustic guitar look for problems like a saddle that is cut so low that there is no longer any break angle of the string over the saddle.. This usually happens on an older guitar that is in need of a neck re-set.. In an attempt to get the action lower, the owner has cut the saddle down to nothing and the break angle is gone.. This keeps the string from bearing down sufficiently on the saddle and is letting the string just rattle on it.. This could cause all of the strings to buzz and the guitar to have a poor sound.. On electric guitars you should make sure the strings are seated solidly on the bridge piece.. Check both the bridge and all the rest of your guitar for loose parts.. Experienced repair people have found the darndest things rattling and buzzing so keep in mind that sometimes the buzz can be anything.. Remember that we're talking about string buzzes, and not electronic buzzes.. If you have an electric guitar that is making a strange buzz or rattle unplug or turn the guitar off and make sure that what you are hearing is really from the strings and frets, and not an electronic noise of some kind.. That's a different kind of buzz!.. After you've found it.. If your nut has been cut too deeply: you have to either make a new nut (the best fix) or refill the slot with a mixture of baking soda or bone dust and CA/super/Krazy glue, then re-cut the slot.. If the nut slot has been cut too wide or is sloppy : that will allow the string to move around and buzz in the slot.. The nut slot should be angled back toward the peghead with the highest point of the slot at the front of the nut (toward the bridge).. The nut slot should be cut with a rounded bottom, preferably with a nut file that matches the diameter of the string.. The string should be able to move freely through the slot as you tune the guitar, but it shouldn't be loose in the slot.. To check for high frets and the neck's straightness: you will need a good straightedge.. A long one to read the whole neck and a short one to span  ...   to check the entire necks' relief: this is the small amount of bow that is intentionally left in the neck to allow the fingerboard to fall away from the string as it is fretted.. You have to learn about relief and how much of it you want or need in your neck.. It's a matter of playing style and string gauge and scale length.. Some players prefer the neck dead flat with no relief at all.. To get a quick idea of how much relief you have in your neck, hold down a string at the first fret, and with your other hand hold it down at one of the highest frets.. If your string is lying right down on the frets between your two hands then you have NO relief.. Your trussrod could be too tight and the neck bent in too severe a backbow and this can cause buzzing - it'll be worse at the nut end of the neck.. If the string is above the frets by a very small amount, that is about right.. A easy way to get an idea of the right amount of relief is to slide a dollar bill under the strings.. It should just freely pass through, touching the string and the fret.. Remember, this is just to get you in the ball park.. If the string seems high above the frets then your neck has too much bow and you'll have to adjust your trussrod to straighten it.. You can adjust your own trussrod, but here are a couple of things to remember about it:.. Make sure that you use the proper tool.. Trussrods have all kinds of different types of adjusting nuts so make sure you have the right tool in hand and don't use a pair of pliers or anything like that!.. Don't force it! If the rod isn't easily tightened then take the nut OFF and put a drop of oil on the threads.. Try it again, while taking periodic looks at the neck to see when it is as tight as you need.. It's easy to break a trussrod, and hard to replace it.. The rod is meant to set the neck's relief and not to adjust the action.. Many times people adjust the rods too tight when they really should be adjusting other areas of the instrument.. To dress your frets: you will need to adjust your neck as straight as you can get it.. Then it's a matter of levelling the frets with some type of flat, straight abrasive surface.. There are as many methods used as there are repair people! Some use a good file, others use glass with sandpaper attached to it, and some use a good woodworkers' level with sandpaper glued to it.. To simply describe the process, you use this tool to sand down the tops of the frets, taking only the minumum amount needed to make ALL of the fret tops the same hieght.. Then the frets are re-crowned using the fret crowning file and polished to a mirror-smooth surface to make playing and note-bending an absolute joy!.. Fret-dressing can be a pretty involved process, so read up on all that you can before you jump in.. Get the right tools and maybe even practice on a cheapie or two before you try it on your Les Paul.. This miniFAQ was written by Mark Swanson, with additions and corrections suggested by the rest of the MIMForum membership.. There's a lot more information on all of these techniques in the MIMForum Library.. We invite you to register as a MIMForum member, which will give you access to our extensive Library of archived discussions..

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