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“I received my order today and I just wanted to tell you thanks. The wood is exactly what I wanted, absolutely beautiful, the packaging was great and I'm looking forward to buying more from you. I've purchased tonewoods from other vendors and ebay before, but even the best from them doesn't compare to the quality and value of what I bought from you. Thanks again!”

- D. E.

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 TONEWOOD  
BSMyrtleNoFigSQUARE190noborder OREGON MYRTLE BACKS & SIDES
No two sets look alike – Build an original!
 TONEWOOD
BocoteSQUARE300 BOCOTE BACKS & SIDES
Beautiful color • Rosewood-like taptone
 TONEWOOD  
BScocoboloSQUARE250 COCOBOLO BACKS & SIDES
Get it Now • Limited Supply
 TONEWOOD
BSWestAfricanStripedEbonySQUARE300 WEST AFRICAN EBONY BACKS & SIDES
with visually appealing bold striping!
 TONEWOOD
BSkoaCategory200 KOA BACK & SIDE SETS
Easily one of the most sought after
tonewoods available!
   TONEWOOD 
BSCubanMahoganyStrongFlameSQUARE300

CUBAN MAHOGANY BACKS & SIDES
If you treasure Mahogany ... check this out.
Also available for ukuleles.

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NEW ITEM  
BINDINGIndianEbonyBI3IEsquare100

INDIAN EBONY BINDING
BI3IE – Dark color, square edges and bends much, much easier than African Ebony!

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SALE ITEM  
TUNERSBloodwoodReplacmntButtonsSQUARE300

BLOODWOOD REPLACEMENT BUTTONS
(GDBK) • $10 off normal price!!!

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   TONEWOOD
BSFiguredWhiteAshSquare300 WHITE ASH BACK & SIDES
An intense, tight curl pattern that rivals the most highly figured Maple.
NEW ITEM  
BRIDGEpremadeRepairSQUARE400

MARTIN REPAIR BRIDGES
Indian Rosewood and Ebony bridges for those working in the detail-obsessed repair world.

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   TONEWOOD
BSYellowCedarWYCJsquare200 ALASKAN YELLOW CEDAR BACKS & SIDES
Tight grain • Clear & Light color • Lusterous
NEW ITEM   
CLAMPSGyroJawSPGJ300

GYROJAW VISE ACCESSORY
Holds oddly shaped, tapered or angled objects!

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NEW ITEM  
TUNERSGotoh510sXgoldblkplasticGGV510ZXGBL5square300

GOTOH 510 X-GOLD TUNERS
Available with black or X-gold buttons

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  NEW ITEM  
NECKSBlanksTempered300

TEMPERED NECK BLANKS
"Roasted" wood has many benefits!

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  TONEWOOD
NEWitem11 HEART RIMU
Warm beige and gold colors accented by reddish vertical line patterns.
SELECT-A-SET  
SelectASetSQUARE300

SELECT-A-SET
Individual photos of select premium woods.

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GIFT IDEA  
BOOKALuthiersAlphabetSQUARE300

A LUTHIER'S ALPHABET
OF IMAGINARY INSTRUMENTS

Woodcuts and Poems by Fred Carlson

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NEW ITEM  
MEASURINGDigitalStringHeightGaugeDSHGsquare300

LMI DIGITAL STRING HEIGHT GAUGE (DSHG)
Achieve the perfect string height on your guitar.

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ADHESIVESCynoacrylates800APRIL 2015
 
SPRING IS HERE — 
and the scent of glue is in the air!


LMI is your source for a wide range of quality adhesives essential to instrument making and repair. We also carry a number of ingenious gluing accessories. This month’s blog will give you an overview of the options before you – there are many. Please be sure to refer to the actual product page for more information about each glue.

Wood Glue (white or yellow glue): We introduced our innovative FGX glue in 2014 and it was quickly embraced as the best option available to luthiers for all wood to wood joints. It is similar to the familiar yellow Titebond but has better heat resistance (does not get gummy when machine sanding), has excellent adhesion to problem/oily woods, is slightly harder and it contains a black-light additive that will allow you to catch any invisible glue residue before finishing (when the residue would become painfully evident).

Hide Glue and Fish Glue: Hide glue has been used for centuries by instrument makers and these joints have stood the test of time. Low creep, high tack and hard when dry, it is often cited as an ingredient in making great sounding guitars because its hardness provides a better medium for vibration. However it is difficult to prepare and work with. Fish Glue is similar but offers and extended work time and no time consuming preparation, but is expensive.

Cement: We offer two glues for adhering plastic bindings to wood. Our old standard FGW Weld-on glue, and the ‘Cadillac’ FCA glue which has lower fumes, greater tack and quicker set time.

Cyanoacrylate, CA or ‘super glues’: We sell a wide range of different CA glues - low fume, low viscosity, high viscosity, black color for inlay plus accelerators and solvents. CA glues can be tricky to work with and are nasty to inhale, but they work well gluing wood or plastic bindings together and are often reached for a wide variety of repair applications. Just a dot is used to hold a nut in place and some use it for holding frets in place and for filling fret ends. Cyanoacrylate glues hold well-mated surfaces tenaciously and nothing cures more quickly.

Epoxy: Aside from their use as a pore filler (we carry several brands specifically for this purpose), epoxy works in repair situations where gaps must be filled, are sometimes used with inlays and some people like to glue their fingerboards on with it if they are concerned that the water in standard wood glues might introduce problems into critical joints (like the fingerboard on to the neck).

Accessories: Check out our disposable pipettes for dispensing cyanoacrylate glues and our FGS syringe for wood glue. We carry small plastic cups (used with epoxy mixtures or for freezing unused Hide glue), an inexpensive tin glue brush and a fancy brass hide glue warming. Finally, once you discover and use the Glue-bot glue dispensers you’ll wonder how you ever went without them!

We borrowed this glue properties chart from Frank Ford of Gryphon Stringed Instruments in Palo Alto, California to help you navigate the maze of glue options (www.gryphonstrings.com/www.frets.com).

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Previous LMI articles (2015):

  • MAR: LMI Videos
  • FEB: News from the NAMM Show
  • JAN: Healdsburg Guitar Festival

Previous LMI articles (2014):

  • DEC: Heroes' Voices
  • NOV: Tor-Tis™ Pickguards
  • OCT: Acoustic Guitar Pickup Choices
  • SEPT: Repair Stuff
  • AUGUST: Do Pros Order Kits?
  • JULY: 3 Cheers for the Red, White and Uke!
  • JUNE: LMI, Luthier Communities 
    and the Upcoming GAL Convention
  • MAY: Our Expanded Shop, ‘Professional Tools’ and LMI Shop Services
  • APRIL: Neck Wood Alternatives
  • MARCH: LMI's Wood Drying & Preparation

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