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“I keep meaning to send an email and let you know that I got the prem. Indian Rosewood and was very pleased. You all at LMII have always given me great reason for trust in doing business with you. You have always treated me well and in a prompt and professional fashion. You have always helped with any problems that I might. have. Your staff is knowledgeable and professional and the materials have been great. You guys run the type of business that makes me look for things I need that I can get from you. If that doesn't work (look for things I might need in the future). Thank you for giving me a place where I can buy my materials with confidence.”

Michael M.

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  NEW ITEM  
FRETTINGCradleCubeNeckSupportSPNCC470 CRADLE CUBE NECK SUPPORT
A better way to work on your string instrument!
 TONEWOOD  
BSMacassarEbonySQUARE400 MACASSAR EBONY BACKS & SIDES
The time to buy is now!
 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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BINDINGIndianEbonyBI3IEsquare100

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

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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
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CLAMPSGyroJawSPGJ300

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

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TUNERSGotoh510sXgoldblkplasticGGV510ZXGBL5square300

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

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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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MEASURINGDigitalStringHeightGaugeDSHGsquare300

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

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August 2015

BUILDING ON A
BUDGET

by Chris Herrod

Uh, oh, money's tight! What to do when that itch to build a guitar won't leave you alone? Come to LMI, where there are always a ton of great options to save you some dough.

1) KITSWizardGraphicSQUARE300Use the Kit Wizard! With the Kit Wizard you have the freedom to include any tonewood you want, from great budget oriented choices (lower grade tonewoods) to the highest of the high end. And the savings you get by using the Kit Wizard are substantial. They sometimes even eclipse the wholesale/discount prices we charge the big manufacturers.

2) Check out the 2nd grade offerings. With a little imagination, ingenuity and know-how, you can weave lower grade parts into a professional quality instrument. Confused about what constitutes second grade on a particular part? Give us a call or email and we will let you know exactly what to expect - and what your options are for special selection of your woods (always a no - charge option at LMI!).

3) Explore the alternatives. We are proud of the huge variety of alternative woods we make available for discerning customers. Here is a sampling. To whet your appetite, all these here below are on sale for the month of August, 2015:

  • BSprimaveraCategory200Primavera back & sides (WPRIM) - Our best value for back and sides, the grain structure of Primavera is similar to Mahogany, roey and with some subtle ribbon figure seen here and there. It is substantially lighter in weight than Mahogany, but it has a surprisingly deep and responsive tap tone. The light color makes it a good candidate for some creative dye work. Wine-red, burnt orange, tobacco brown, antique amber; Primavera provides that perfect canvas for these attractive colors.

  • BSsipoCategory200Sipo back & sides (WFSA) -This wood is a very close cousin to the familiar and popular Sapele, but with a clear cosmetic advantage -figure! Each set features broad ribbon patterns and shimmering beeswing patterns that are sure to turn heads. Sipo (like Sapele) exhibits a deep, cinnamon brown color and it is denser and more resonant than Mahogany, which it is sometimes confused with. Tonally it splits the difference between Mahogany and Rosewood.

  • BSkhayaCategory200Khaya back & sides (BSKH1SS/BSKH2SS) - As genuine Mahogany grows more and more scarce and expensive, Khaya (also called African Mahogany, though not a true mahogany) has become it's best alternative. Khaya is a bit lighter in weight and slightly more porous than Mahogany, but it exhibits the same subdued elegance and chatoyance of the "real thing". The tone is punchy, direct and clear with the characteristic mid-range voice that many players are drawn to.

  • TOPSEngelmannSpruceCategory200Engelmann  tops - We are happy to offer these fine AA/A grade soundboards on special this month. Well-quartered and stiff, these tops differ from the higher grades due to the acceptance of a one or more subtle, cosmetic imperfections (slightly wider grain, a bit of color etc).

Previous LMI articles (2015):

  • AUG: ASIA Symposium
  • JUNE: Rosettes
  • MAY: Featured Tonewood: Macassar Ebony
  • APR: Quality Adhesives
  • 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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Also see the Kit Wizard
to customize your own guitar kit.