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“Dear Sir,
A few months ago I placed my first order with you and built my very first guitar. Ovangkol back and sides with sitka top.
I have been a craftsman for a number of years, rebuilding antique pianos, including making new soundboards and bridges, and decided to try my hand at guitars after buying a Taylor 814ce.
The results of my first attempt were surprising, to me and to others. Since I'm a bit "old-school" I built it entirey by hand, no table saw, router, joiner etc. (I did use a driss press!). I have already received requests for custom made guitars, and from a store interested in selling them.
It really helped to find quality supplies, all in one place, so I could start this experiment - which may just turn out to be my next and final career.
Many Thanks.
ps. I have just placed a second order so I can start making a few more......”

- Jon Ballard

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 TONEWOOD
BocoteSQUARE300 BOCOTE BACKS & SIDES
Beautiful color • Rosewood-like taptone
 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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BOOKAGuitarmakersCanvasSQUARE300

A GUITARMAKER'S CANVAS
The Inlay Art of Grit Laskin (BM54)

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

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

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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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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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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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LMI VIDEOS


Robbie O'Brien is one of the hardest working people in lutherie, Besides being a tireless student of the craft himself, he has in a relatively short time risen to become one of the preeminent teachers of guitar making in the world. Robbie's plain -spoken, easy going manner and superb videography brings light and clarity to some of the most difficult procedures in guitarmaking. He appeals to scores of people, both professional and amateur, in his popular DVD series, in online courses, in hands-on courses and in the scores of videos he has produced for the internet. Somehow in the midst of teaching and producing videos, Robbie continues to make spectacular guitars of all types (classical mainly) under the O'Brien Guitars brand.

Fortunately for us here at LMI, Robbie has been a great fan of our company, so when a need for video content arose we were quick to reach out to him. We now enjoy an ongoing partnership, the result of which has embellished our website with expert video instructions for our tools, clever and helpful tips (Tips DuJour) and full instrument building instruction. Professional, erudite, industrious and one of the nicest and most patient guys in the industry, we couldn't be more pleased to be allied with Robbie.

Now, in addition to the video gallery on our website and the tutorials appearing throughout the site to accompany various tools, we have made most of the O'Brien produced videos (and many of the old "classic" Healdsburg Guitar Festival videos as well) available through the popular YouTube website. Be sure to sign into YouTube and subscribe to all three of the LMI video channels so you can receive prompt notification when new videos are posted. Here are the links:

 

Previous LMI articles (2015):

  • 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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